Tuesday, October 2, 2018 through
Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Adelphi University
Hauppauge Center
55 Kennedy Drive
Hauppauge, New York

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): A Therapist Guide for Personal Self-Care and Professional Practice

CEs: 31 NYSED CEs  (social work, mental health, family counseling) and NYS OASAS (CASAC)

Cost of Workshop: $825


(Yoga mats will be provided. Cushions and chairs will also be provided, but you may wish to bring your own)

We all have the capacity to alter our ways of responding to stress to reduce the future manifestations of both mental health and physical health problems. Using mindfulness-based training that encompasses meditation, movement and discussion, the formal program of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) leads to simple and profound ways to meet the challenges and demands of coping. MBSR provides valuable tools and techniques that we can utilize in our daily practice both on a personal basis to improve our self-care and professionally to enhance the coping strategies of our clients.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) + Application for Mental Health Professionals Program!

Adelphi University is pleased to offer an 11 session, 31 hour, experiential program that includes the formal 8 week MBSR program. Sessions will be expanded to incorporate the theory and applied practice of MBSR in behavioral health/health practice regardless of community setting.

For those who are interested in becoming Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor (recognized by the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society and the Oasis Institute), the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction portion of this program meets the requirement for the 8-week MBSR course. This is the first step in the pathway to becoming a Qualified MBSR Instructor. For more information on the full pathway to becoming an instructor please visit

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

MBSR is a training program developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society.

At its core, MBSR is based on systematic and intensive training in mindfulness meditation and mindful hatha yoga. The MBSR curriculum is designed to guide program participants in the “how” of learning to practice, integrate, and apply mindfulness in their everyday lives. The primary intention of the MBSR curriculum is to create a structured pathway to relieve suffering and increase wellbeing for people facing a host of challenges arising from a wide range of medical and psychological conditions and the demands and stressors inherent in the everyday lives of human beings (taken from MBSR Curriculum, 2017).

Mindfulness based stress reduction includes the “practice of maintaining attention and awareness within any given moment” (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). In other words, the individual practices focusing their attention on what is happening in the moment, as opposed to being caught in past or future thoughts. The word practice is important because it helps us recognize that being mindful is something that happens with intention and commitment.

Research has shown that training in mindfulness improves awareness and decreases stress and rates of burnout in clinicians. Mindfulness meditation has many positive effects: lowering heart rate and blood pressure, reduce frequency of illness, improve immune system, increase flow of blood to heart and brain, increase levels of energy and reduce levels of anxiety . Mindfulness meditation can help the individual tune in to their “tendency to react in automatic and repetitive ways” and help them feel “less defensive and more emotionally open and flexible” (p. 121). Christopher & Maris (2010) provided a long list of positive effects of mindfulness meditation: ability to tolerate ambiguity, increased compassion, less judgment, less internal pressure, ability to explore emotions, increased concentration, less frequent emotional triggers, reduced discomfort in silence, the ability to relax internal tension, being more in tune with the body’s needs for hydration and rest and felt more calm and grounded.

References: (Oshita, Hattori & Iwakuma, 2013) (Christopher & Maris, 2010)

More Information on Health Benefits

» Watch a talk by Dr. Kabat-Zinn and learn more about mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course + Application for Mental Health Professionals

Participants will learn about stress, and explore the habitual, automatic behavioral, physical, emotional and cognitive patterns as well as investigate, in detail, more effective and skillful responses to the challenges and demands of everyday life. In parallel, we’ll also be exploring what it means to take care of ourselves and flourish, how to relate to ourselves and our clients/patients more effectively and how we can bring the practice of mindfulness to our relationships with our clients/patients and to the mental health profession in general. Classes will involve a combination of meditation, individual/internal reflection, and yoga.  


Tuesday evenings starting October 2


Saturday, November 17

9:00am- 4:00pm


Adelphi University

Hauppauge Center

55 Kennedy Drive
Hauppauge, New York

Upon completion of the program, you will:

  • Learn about the consequences of prolonged stress or “burnout” on mental health practitioners and their clients.
  • Learn how mental health professionals can use mindfulness-based stress reduction to prevent or reduce stress for themselves and their clients.
  • Learn how to practice mindfulness-based stress reduction.
  • Learn what populations are best treated with mindfulness-based practices.

For you to gain the greatest benefit you must be prepared to attend all days of the program.


Thirty one (31) Continuing Education credits available. To obtain CE credits, you must attend all sessions, sign-in at each session, and you must complete a course evaluation at the end of the program.

Attendance: Participation in class lectures, discussions, and other activities related to a particular course is an essential part of the instruction process. For this reason, your full attendance is required to earn continuing education credit. If you know in advance of registering that you are unable to attend ALL scheduled meetings, do not register for that program; please consider taking the program at another time. If an emergency arises such as an illness, death in the family, or other unexpected emergency circumstance, you are responsible for notifying the instructor as soon as possible and will be required to provide documentation to verify the emergency. Reporting the absence does not exempt you from fulfilling all program requirements.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Please note that there is no financial aid available for continuing education courses. We do offer a partial payment plan. Minimum payment due upon application is $400. The remaining $425 payment will be due no later than November 27, 2018  in order to receive your postgraduate certificate.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

About the Instructor

James D’Aconti, LMSW

James D’Aconti is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher recognized by the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society and the Oasis Institute. He is also a licensed master social worker and practicing psychotherapist at the Long Island University Center for Healthy Living, where he has taught mindfulness based practices for over four years.

As part of his training to become a qualified teacher, James participated in four meditation retreats, engaging in intense meditation practice for 8-10 hours a day, for 7-10 days at a time. He spent two such retreats practicing mindfulness in complete silence.

James has taught mindfulness based practices in various settings including drug and alcohol abuse clinics, universities, homeless shelters and community wellness centers.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

» See full credentialing information and CEUs

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator, Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 237
p – 516.877.3216
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