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Kelly Welch

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Transcript of Mindfulness

changing the brain
What is Mindfulness?
"A moment to moment awareness of one's experience without judgement. Viewed as a state not a trait"

Has roots in Buddhist, Hindu, and Chinese meditation and practice
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and incorporation in dialectical behavior therapy
Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation
What Are The Benefits of Mindfulness?
A Practice Review of Psychotherapy- Related Research
Affective Benefits:
Interpersonal Benefits:
Intrapersonal Benefits:
Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity
* What is mindfulness?
Does anyone incorporate mindfulness practice in their life? Personal experience or benefits you're willing to share?
How do you believe mindfulness can impact your work as a professional counselor?
What connections do you see between "flow" and neuroplasticity?
increased expression of positive emotions; minimized negative affect and rumination; strengthened effective emotion regulation
greater relationship satisfaction and responses to stress; counselors believe they cultivate more successful relationships with clients
enhanced prefrontal lobe activity including self-insight, morality, intuition, and fear modulation
By: Daphne M. Davis and Jeffrey A. Hayes
Effects of Meditation on Therapists and Therapist Trainees
Mindfulness meditation has been shown to promote empathy
Similarly to empathy, therapists who participated in mindfulness meditation experienced more feelings of compassion
Counseling Skills:
Counseling students reported positive effects on their counseling skills and therapeutic relationship after participation in a mindfulness meditation course
Stress and Anxiety:
(Tang et. al., 2007) A group of college students who were randomly assigned to a mindfulness intervention course reported lower depression, anxiety, anger, and fatigue than the control group who did not experience the mindfulness course
Client Outcomes of Therapists who Meditate
(Grepmair et. al., 2007): Clients of therapists who meditated displayed greater reductions in overall symptoms and faster rates of change

Some studies suggest there is not a strong relationship between client success and a therapist who meditates:

Therapist mindfulness was inversely correlated with client outcome

Why do we think this occurred?
Next Steps in Research
Continue to uncover the relationship between mindfulness, affective benefits, interpersonal benefits, intrapersonal benefits, and the brain.
Frontal Lobe
Parietal Lobe
Temporal Lobe
Occipital Lobe
Brain Stem
The Brain and Mindfulness
The Limbic System:
'The Emotional
How do Neurons Work?
* Activity!
* Peer Reviewed Article
* Brain Review
* Neuroplasticity
* TED Video
* Group Discussion
We can change
our brains
with thoughts,
actions, and
Neurons that fire together
wire together!
Repeated patterned thoughts create
changes to neural networks
Get to know your Apple!:
a mindfulness activity
Anatomy of a
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