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4-Day Online Retreat: 2021 Mindfulness and Body/Mind Approaches for Clinical Practice: Facing the Challenges of a Post-COVID World

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Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT |  Rick Nurriestearns
12 Hours 50 Minutes
Mar 23, 2021
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As we left 2020 behind, healing professionals the world over will be challenged to help clients cope in the coming post-COVID world. It’s our duty to prepare with the latest science, therapeutic techniques, and to show up whole ourselves.

It’s what we trained for and what we’ve aspired to over many years.

Watch clinician, author, mindfulness and meditation authority, Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, along with Rick NurriesStearns, an experienced retreat leader, in this online retreat for a unique training that combines lecture, research and experiential skill-building, including how to guide body/mind movement in groups to build cohesion and to teach emotional regulation skills.

Learn evidence-based techniques that empower your clients as they navigate the increased challenges and intensities associated with the pandemic. Listen to clinical examples and practice “good for the brain” techniques that increase emotional regulation skills, decrease shame, cultivate self-acceptance and instil healthy thought patterns; skills that are needed even more during daunting times. Practice body/mind approaches, specific mindfulness skills and self-compassion techniques to strengthen your existing treatment modalities and your therapeutic presence.

Mary and Rick NurrieStearns have over 70 years of combined experience in mindfulness practices and body/mind healing. They are experts at showing clinicians like you how to empower clients to:

  • Apply body/mind and mindfulness techniques to reduce anxiety, depression, shame, grief, chronic pain, and/or unworthiness.
  • Use self-compassion to make dramatic therapeutic changes.
  • Access beneficial memories to increase optimism and personal strength
  • Incorporate mindfulness strategies to stay in the moment to soothe distressing emotions and relieve old trauma patterns.
  • Apply body/mind interventions to calm the nervous system, as well as increase body and present moment awareness
  • Cultivate an inner best friend to mitigate shame and decrease self-blame
  • Strengthen relationships and increase authenticity.

Delve into basic neuroscience psychoeducation, evidence-based mind-body interventions, and mindfulness and self-compassion techniques that are invaluable for treating trauma, shame, depression, and anxiety.

You will take away accessible clinical skills for safely approaching trauma, body/mind interventions for anxiety, self-compassion practices for healing unworthiness and grief, brain psychoeducation to reduce shame, and mindfulness interventions for thoughts associated with trauma, depression, pain, and shame.

Purchase today! Set your clients on a pathway of recovery, resilience and overall well-being



This online program is worth 13 hours CPD.



Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT's Profile

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Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a licensed clinical social worker with four decades of professional experience. She maintains a counseling practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a specialty in treating adults with histories of childhood trauma. She has thirty years of training in mindfulness, is a certified trauma-informed yoga therapist, and has trained in clinical applications of Emotional Freedom Technique. Mary is author of numerous articles on psycho-spiritual growth, co-author of Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Emotional Trauma, Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind and co-editor of Soulful Living. She is the author of the book, Healing Anxiety, Depression and Unworthiness: 78 Brainchanging Mindfulness and Yoga Practice (2018). Mary teaches seminars to mental health professionals across the USA and along with her husband, conducts retreats on the transformative, mind-body healing practices of yoga and meditation. She credits mindfulness-based practices for significant healing in her own life.


Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Mary NurrieStearns maintains a private practice. She receives compensation as a speaker, yoga, teacher, and published author. Ms. NurrieStearns receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Mary NurrieStearns has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Rick Nurriestearns Related seminars and products

Rick NurrieStearns has co-led yoga retreats for 14 years. He has been immersed in consciousness studies, meditation and mindfulness practices for four decades. For 20 years, he was involved in publishing transformational books and magazines.

He was the publisher of Lotus and Personal Transformation magazines, and co-author of the books Soulful Living, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Emotional Trauma and Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind. He is a long time mindfulness student of Thich Nhat Hanh and a member of the Order of Interbeing.

Rick experiences chronic pain from an airplane crash and suffered from a tick borne disease. He relies on mindfulness practices for healing and has learned that you can cultivate happiness and inner peace even when you are hurting.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rick NurrieStearns receives compensation as a retreat facilitator. He is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Rick NurrieStearns is a member of the Order of Interbeing.


  1. Investigate emotional motivation systems of the brain as they pertain to clients who have experienced trauma and mindfulness practices that improve treatment outcomes. 
  2. Distinguish between the default network, salience network and central executive network and utilize this information for client psychoeducation. 
  3. Evaluate negativity bias in the brain as it relates to clients who have experienced trauma and therapeutic mindfulness intervention. 
  4. Assess the polyvagal theory and implications for resources for emotional regulation. 
  5. Analyze the social brain and use of interpersonal neurobiology that activates the affiliation system of the brain to decrease sense of isolation and not being loved. 
  6. Defend the necessity of including the body in emotional regulation and teach body-based clinical skills of breathing, body scan and body movement for regulation. 
  7. Practice the use of Emotional Freedom Technique to help clients with emotional stabilization. 
  8. Demonstrate components of mindful self-compassion for treating unworthiness and confronting the “inner critic.” 
  9. Utilize mindfulness techniques for helping clients address negative thoughts regarding chronic pain. 
  10. Demonstrate use of mindful awareness/movement to strengthen therapeutic relationship, build group cohesion, and for psychoeducation. 
  11. Demonstrate techniques of body awareness and movement to alleviate the physical manifestations of shame. 
  12. Practice specific mindfulness approaches for grief and loss related to adjusting to a post-pandemic environment.
  13. Evaluate a mindful communications process for conflict resolution and emotional bonding. 
  14. Utilize concentration, distancing, naming, and thought substitution in treating depression producing thoughts. 


Neuroscience and Practices Specific to Anxiety and Trauma Treatment

  • Neuroplasticity—your brain’s ability to organize and learn
  • The triune brain
  • Primary emotional motivators
  • Polyvagal nerve theory and clinical applications
  • Negativity bias of your brain
  • Savouring the good and affiliation system of the brain

Social Brain: Causes and Conditions

  • Accessing beneficial memories
  • Default mode network, salience network and central executive network of the brain
  • Window of tolerance psychoeducation and clinical applications


  • Importance of including the body in stabilization
  • Body scan and sensory input for stabilization
  • Mindful breathing practices
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Practice leading mindful breathing exercises and simple movement
  • Clinical examples of emotional stabilization skills

Mindfulness-Based Interventions
Confronting Trauma-Based Negative Thoughts

  • Nonjudgmental observing of thoughts
  • Naming— write thoughts down
  • Recognize, distance and dis-identify from narrative of self-identity
  • Relate to the voice of the inner critic with mindful compassion and redirection
  • Address negative thoughts regarding chronic pain
  • Nourishing wholesome thoughts to undo thought patterns of trauma – repetition and concentration
  • Habit tendencies and neuronal pathways
  • Clinical examples of relating to thoughts therapeutically

Alleviating Distressing Emotions

  • Approach, not avoid, emotions safely with mindfulness
  • Be there for grief
  • Comfort pose and self-love mantra
  • Emotional Freedom Technique for client self-care
  • Clinical examples of treating distress with mercy

Increasing Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience for Trauma and Anxiety Resolution

  • Recognize the power of inner voices
  • Mindfulness interventions for developing self-compassion
  • Who has seen your goodness? – restoring trust
  • Teachers of compassion
  • The voice of the inner friend
  • Three-part self-compassion note
  • Offering loving kindness to any inner aspect that feels not deserving
  • Compassion for the inner critic
  • Clinical examples of utilizing self-compassion

Treating Trauma-Based Shame

  • Repair unworthiness with mindfulness-based interventions
  • Impact of shame on the brain – default network and pain system
  • The physiology of shame
  • Differentiate among shame, defiance, and noble posture
  • Narrative of unworthiness
  • Create a new narrative of self
  • Clinical examples of treating unworthiness and shame

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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