Mindfulness As a Tool for Promoting Emotion Regulation in Community-Based Treatment

CE Hours: 4.5
Instructor: Karin Bleecker, MS

A Live, Interactive Webconference

Cost: This training is free but open only to supervisors and behavioral health professionals working in agencies contracted with CFBT

Thursday, December 7, 2023, All Training Groups via Live Interactive Zoom

Community-based therapists regularly see children and caregivers who have difficulty sustaining positive, loving relationships due to significant emotional reactivity.  Therapists working with these families may find their ability to maintain a calm emotional presence challenged in the face of emotional intensity and chaos. Yet this is essential to be effective in bringing calm through co-regulation, compassion, and curiosity. This workshop introduces and demonstrates the key concepts of Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI), drawing on the considerable research base of applications to promoting emotion regulation and compassion.

This workshop defines both emotional dysregulation and regulation, describes how to de-escalate emotional intensity using mindful awareness practices, and shows how to use these tools proactively to reduce frequency, intensity, and duration of episodes of dysregulation.  Mindfulness is presented as a three-part tool: a) for the therapist to regulate themselves,  b) as a working philosophical framework to understand emotional dysregulation, and c) as a practical tool to teach parents and children.

This workshop includes lecture, video-tape review, handouts, and breakout rooms for discussion and for practicing skills. Participants will be provided with a comprehensive list of resources for further study.


As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the nature of emotion dysregulation as seen in youth with SED and their multi stressed families.
  2. Explain and demonstrate key concepts of Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI)
  3. Describe the use of MBI as a ‘bottom up’ tool for fostering emotional regulation for therapists and the families with who they are working.
  4. Identify strategies for utilizing MBI to strengthen caregivers’ efforts to deescalate or co-regulate their upset children.

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within Pennsylvania’s Family Based program. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1-2
10:30am-10:40am: Break
10:40am-1:05pm: Focus on Objectives 3-4

About the Trainer

Karin’s extensive experience as a clinical psychologist includes a background in therapy, teaching and clinical supervisory roles. She has received advanced teacher training through the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts as a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction instructor and has led groups and training workshops for practicing clinicians and individuals with chronic pain, cancer and other concerns.

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