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Social work hosting national Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Care Conference beginning June 30
Posted 06/05/2017 12:00PM

The Department of Social Work at Misericordia University and the Wellfleet Collective are presenting the second national Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Care Conference with keynote speaker Amy Weintraub, M.F.A., E.-R.Y.T. 500, C.-I.A.Y.T., Y.A.C.E.P., from June 30 to July 2 on campus.

The groundbreaking event is the only major conference in the United States that focuses on yoga and mental health care. The program features pre-conference workshops on Friday, June 30 and workshops throughout the day on Saturday, July 1. It concludes Sunday, July 2 with a panel discussion by workshop presenters, live music and more.

The conference is for mental health and rehabilitative health professionals as well as yoga teachers and therapists. The conference will feature various workshops in two tracks – introductory and intermediate – with a particular attention to the application of yoga in various mental health disorders. Continuing education units for various mental health disciplines will be available.

The Wellfleet Collective is an interdisciplinary collaboration organized at the First National Conference on Yoga and Psychotherapy in 2016 to support, develop, implement and expand the clinical applications of yoga within mental and behavioral health treatment, and deepen the connections within and between the mental health and therapeutic yoga community.

The collaboration's mission is to enhance mental and behavioral health outcomes by integrating yogic philosophy and practice within the therapeutic process, and to serve the professional community by providing networking opportunities, education and best practices guidelines for the emerging discipline.

Weintraub has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for more than 20 years. The author of "Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieving Suffering through Yoga,'' and "Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management'' is the director of LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, which trains yoga and health professionals internationally. Health care providers worldwide use LifeForce Yoga protocol.

Designed intentionally to work with and manage mood, the practices support students and clients in self-regulation, according to LifeForce Yoga. Many of the yoga techniques are done in a chair or in bed, and do not require a yoga mat. Furthermore, most of the practices are evidence-based and have been adapted for clinical settings. Weintraub developed the practices, which are rooted in traditional active meditation and self-inquiry that embrace the polarities in life.

For more information about the conference, please contact the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University at (570) 674-6161 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/yoga for a complete program description.

The conference is eligible for CEUs for social workers and alcohol and drug therapists in Pennsylvania. Other professionals (marriage and family therapists, therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses) can contact Susan McDonald, Ph.D., L.S.W., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Social Work, at (570) 674-6212 or at smcdonal@misericordia.edu.

For more information about the social work program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/socialwork.
Michael and Tina MacDowell Hall
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