Renew yourself while earning Continuing Education credits
Continuing Education credit is offered for many of our programs, courses and retreats. Following are the guidelines for obtaining credit.
Attendance Policies: In order for participants to be eligible for credit and to receive a certificate of attendance, SCRC policy requires full attendance, including complete entries on the sign-in sheet. We cannot provide certificates after a retreat has ended for participants who did not sign in on the attendance sheet at every required session.To qualify for CE credit, participants must arrive on time and sign in on a specific sheet for the event, stay until the end of the program, turn in your evaluation and pick up your certificate.
Board regulations prevent us from offering partial credit for partial attendance. Participants cannot arrive late or leave early and be given "partial credit" for the hours that they were present.
Participants must sign-up and pay for CE credits before the program begins.
There is a $20 fee to reissue certificates, and certificates are available only if the attendance sheet was filled-in at the program.
For non-residential programs, participants are required to:
check in both at registration desk and also at the CE credit registration desk.
sign in at the CE registration within 15 minutes of the start of the program. Look for signage. If you do not see the table, or are not directed to it, please ask!
For residential retreats, participants are required to:
sign in at the beginning of the retreat
stay until the end of the retreat
turn in your evaluation and pick up your certificate.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent sitting or walking meditation, meals, yoga, breaks, or work periods.
Benefits cited in numerous studies shows that mindfulness practices provide many benefits for the healthcare provider:
Improves focus and working memory – resulting in greater awareness and less distraction. In a clinical setting, this can improve assessment skills and accuracy during intake session, as well as during the performance of complex procedures, ultimately reducing errors.
Increases cognitive flexibility – mindful meditation can lead to re-wiring the brain to move from habitual reactions to intentional responses, resulting in improved decision making.
Improves communication – mindful listening and speaking practices can improve communication between co-workers and with clients and patients. This improves effective communication and results in better clinical outcomes, especially during high-stress situations.
Improves job and relationship satisfaction – lovingkindness, compassion and gratitude practices can redirect focus on the good, and reset our “happiness” set point.
Reduces psychological and physiological stress – with heavy caseloads, challenging working conditions, health care professionals accumulate stress. Mindfulness can bring ease and offer practices to deal with this work-related stress.
Reduces emotional reactivity – Mindfulness brings awareness to our emotions, and practice gives space for an appropriate response, resulting in skillful decisions and improved professional relationships.
Reduces compassion fatigue and emotional exhaustion - working repeatedly with distressed individuals can take its toll. Without practice, meeting client after client with an open heart can be challenging. Self-care and compassion practices can be utilized between clients to develop your cultivation of compassion and empathy.
Reduces self-criticism, anxiety, depression – With an awareness of thoughts and emotions, we are able to shift our emotional regulation strategies to better respond to situations. In practice, we are able to experience and process emotions differently- less anxiety, less depression, less self-criticism.
Reduces rumination – being mindful of our thoughts, as they appear and reappear gives us more choice in how much we pay attention to these “re-runs.” Practice can help us reduce or give less importance to undesired mental traffic, allowing us to focus on what is really important.
Reduces professional burnout syndrome - with long hours, and stressful situations, many professionals experience burnout at some point in their careers. Mindfulness practices can offer ways to develop improved coping skills and increase job satisfaction.
CE Credit Providers Information: Continuing Education (CE) credit is co-sponsored by Mindful Heart Programs and Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC). CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.
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