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Introducing Mindfulness in Therapy and Supervision

  • 09 Nov 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Chicago School, 1015 15th Street, NW 4th Floor, Washington DC, 20005


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The DC Psychological Association presents: 

 "Introducing Mindfulness in Therapy and Supervision"

Presenter(s):  Christopher Wemple, Ph.D. and Jeff Rosenberg, Ph.D.

November 9, 2018

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Chicago School of Psychology, 1015 15th St, NW, 4th floor, Washington, DC 20005

3.0 Hours of Continuing Education is Offered for Psychologists

Continuing Education for Social Workers Pending 


“Mindfulness” refers to a variety of processes drawn from both western psychology, and eastern spiritual traditions which have been adapted for use in therapy, coaching or training. Neuroscience research and clinical studies have provided empirical support for the idea that these processes can promote changes in the brain and in behavior. Mindfulness processes, such as here-and-now focus, noticing thoughts and feelings as they arise, cultivating non-judgmental awareness of internal events, acceptance of difficult feelings all have obvious clinical relevance. The challenge, of course, is bringing these benefits to a particular client in a particular situation. So, if we want to cultivate mindfulness in those we help, it may be useful to consider how the seeds of that mindfulness can get planted. In some cases, formal practice of meditation is part of the treatment; yet introducing mindfulness can be useful even when a client [or therapist] is unlikely to engage in a regular practice of meditation. This workshop will emphasize “informal” ways to introduce such seeds of mindfulness to clients, as well as to ourselves.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will : 

  1. Learn a working definition of mindfulness that is applicable in most clinical work. 
  2. Learn at least 3 benefits of promoting and cultivating a Mindful Presence in both clients and themselves as therapists. 
  3. Identify and understand purpose and benefits of working experientially 
  4. Identify 3 benefits that can result from cultivating and promoting present-moment awareness in clients and therapists.
About the Presenter(s): 

Jeff Rosenberg and Chris Wemple are two experienced clinicians with years of experience applying mindfulness. Dr. Rosenberg has given many Dharma talks, and works from a psychodynamic perspective, while Dr. Wemple has a background mainly in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Working from these distinct perspectives, they will discuss and demonstrate ways to introduce mindfulness processes to clients, as well as ways to engage in these processes as a therapist. In addition, they share an interest in exploring how their different perspectives bring them to consideration of the same phenomena in their work.

Jeff Rosenberg, PhD (George Washington Univ.) is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia in full-time private practice since 1999, previously working as a Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach for the American University counseling center.  Prior career was as a management consultant with an MBA and MA in Public Policy Analysis (Univ. of Chicago).  Jeff is also: a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (, teaching this program with Jennifer Stanley in the D.C. area; an Affiliate Teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington ( providing regular Dharma talks and guided meditations; and a former board and executive committee member of IMCW.  He completed the Integrated Study & Practice Program, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies along with several other courses and Vipassana retreats as well as a two-year Non-Dual [Contemplative] Training with Matthew Flickstein.  He wrote a chapter:  “Identity Flexibility and Buddhism,” in IDENTITY FLEXIBILITY DURING ADULTHOOD; Springer, 2017.  Hes a former board member and treasurer of Green Acres School, Rockville, MD, longstanding tennis player (former coach/teacher) and grandparent.

Christopher Wemple, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has been involved for over a decade in learning and teaching Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has worked in private practice, university counseling centers and for a number of years, providing counseling, consultation and training to sworn and civilian employees of a major police department. He is a founding board member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and serves on the Board of the DC Psychological Associatioin. In his training and supervision he emphasizes the ways the core processes of therapy unfold in the moment to moment experience of both the therapist and the client.

There is no corporate support/payment for this workshop. 

DCPA Event Cancellation Policy:  The DC Psychological Association is unable to provide refunds for events. However, we do allow up to one year to make up a CE session that may have been missed. 

The District of Columbia Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The District of Columbia Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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