Advanced Mindfulness Toolbox to Treat PTSD, Pain, Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Related Symptoms

Presented by Donald Altman, M.A., LPC

Live Streaming on November 14, 2022


6 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course will be streaming live on November 14, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until December 16, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on November 13, 2022. 

This webinar workshop—based on award-winning author Donald Altman’s best-selling The Mindfulness Toolbox and his newly released The Mindfulness Toolbox for Relationships—will give you a new set of mindfulness tools and fresh creative ways for overcoming depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, pain, and more.

Join international mindfulness teacher, former Buddhist monk and best-selling author Donald Altman for a total mindfulness experience as he provides unique mindfulness tools designed to rewire clients’ brains for wellness from the inside out. This comprehensive course offers fresh approaches for teaching everything from selective focus and mindful learning styles to metacognitive awareness. You will get detailed demonstrations and practice time so that you can effectively implement these tools.

Most importantly, this workshop is deeply direct and experiential. You will cultivate compassionate presence and bring embodied mindfulness with you into your therapy room as you help clients constructively manage anxiety, depression, chronic pain, PTSD, addictive cravings, and stress related symptoms!

Donald’s has taught thousands of mental health clinicians how to use mindfulness as a healing tool. Known for his engaging and entertaining presentations, this webinar will have you thinking about mindfulness in transformative new ways as you help clients journey into the heart of mindful joy, peace, and balance.

Session 1:

Intro to Mindfulness and Cutting Edge Research

  • 3-Part Mindfulness Meditation
  • Mindfulness Research and Resources
  • Useful (and free) web resources and apps

The Truth about Stress

  • Stress and Stress Research
  • Epi-genetics

The Power of Sense Grounding

  • Anxiety and stress reduction with sense grounding
  • Assessing stress with stress instruments
  • Palm the Present Moment Practice
    • Physical grounding method of dropping into the body
    • Integrates progressive muscle relaxation
    • Good for spatial, visual, hands-on learning styles

Brain Basics and Emotional Regulation

  • Visual Brain Model for clients
  • Emotional Regulation for Depression and Anxiety



Session 2:

Brain Basics and Emotional Regulation (Cont.)

  • Crashing the Brain’s Hard Drive
  • Effects of cortisol on learning and immune system
  • The brain’s mindfulness module

Train the Brain for Calm and Cognition 

  • Train the brain by turning on the Parasympathetic Nervous System
  • Navy Seals method for arousal control
  • Heart rate variability & relaxation response
  • Practice: Diaphragmatic Breath and 5 Breathing Postures

Mindful Eating 

  • Research
  • Practice: 4-Step Mindful Bites Technique


Session 3:        

5-Steps of Mindful Self-Care (Behavioural and Collaborative Side of Mindfulness)

  • Gratitude and Attitude
  • Relationships and Social Network
    • Identifying resources and resilience
  • Eating and Sleeping
    • Healthy nutrition and sleep hygiene
  • Activity
    • Exercise, movement, and pleasant activities
  • Technology Management and Tune-ups
    • Manage weapons of mass distraction
    • Practice: Assessment of Technology and Time
    • Tune-up with mindfulness skills

Connecting Clients to Mindfulness

  • Understanding Mind Wandering and telomeres
  • Understanding Client Mindfulness Styles
  • Practice: Be a Learning Style Detective


Session 4:        


  • Practice: 3-Part Mindfulness Meditation
  • Practice: Palm the Present Moment

The Power of Storytelling and Identifying Strengths 

  • Story intervention for Depression and Coping Skills
  • Broaden attention; find resilience
  • Stories are fundamental to attachment
  • Practice: Identifying Strengths

Focusing the Mind for ADHD and Stress 

  • Integration of Breath and Word
  • Practice: Be the Pebble

Mindfulness for Addictive Cravings 

  • Emotional Regulation for Cravings
    • Impulse and Craving Control
    • Mindful Curiosity Shifts Focus
  • Practice: S-T-O-P Inner-Outer Grounding Technique

Mindfulness for Chronic Pain 

  • Introduction to the Body Scan Practice
  • Demonstrate how to pay attention non-judgmentally
  • Practice: Surf the Body (The Body Scan)


Session 5:        

Mindful Laughter for Depression, Anxiety and Grief

  • Mood management for the” terminally serious”
  • Research on laughter and stress and mood
  • Biochemistry of laughter and embodied cognition
  • Using laughter in therapy
  • Practice: The Laughter Cure

Managing Moods through Attention and Selective Memory

  • Master attention and memories
  • Savouring of the present moment
  • Practice: Pleasantness in the Moment
  • Using selective memory to savour the past and future
  • Practice: Savouring Success: Past, Present, and Future

Harnessing Gratitude to Increase Positive Emotions

  • Managing depression with gratitude
  • Gratitude research
  • Four psychological reasons for gratitude
  • Techniques that make gratitude interpersonal and enhancing Supportive social networks
  • * Practice: The G.L.A.D. Technique

Mindful Walking for Transitions and Anxiety

  • Research
  • Practice: Ground Surfing


Session 6:

Nature for Stress and Mental Exhaustion

  • Attention Restoration Theory
  • Effects of nature on focus, moods, & healing
  • Discharge negative emotions for transitioning
  • Slowing down with nature to get present
  • Practice: Sky Gazing

Healing Emotional Pain through Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Compassion

  • Forgiveness is a skill
  • Research on compassion practice
  • Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build Theory
  • Security priming for feelings of safety and trust
  • Develop positive emotions and resources
  • Practice: Loving-Kindness Affirmation

Safe Anchors that Integrate Our Experience

  • Mindfulness as a present moment safe anchor
  • Anchors from our experience
  • Anchors from various life stages
  • Practice: Savouring an anchoring symbol

Putting It All Together

  • Creating a mindfulness roadmap for clients:
  • Bundling practices together
  • Engage through learning styles
  • Maintaining skills
  • Follow-up and reinforcement
  1. Incorporate up-to-date mindfulness practices into your treatment plans.
  2. Understand how mindfulness can be utilized to rewire the brain.
  3. Implement the S-T-O-P grounding technique as a means to manage cravings and triggers.
  4. Investigate the science behind diaphragmatic breathing and the parasympathetic nervous system.
  5. Demonstrate 5 breathing postures and techniques for managing arousal.
  6. Use storytelling as a way to recognize character strengths and identify resources.
  7. Utilize 5 Mindful Self-care skills that support cognitive brain function, relational, and body-related practices.
  8. Train selective attention using evidence-based methods that enhance positive affect.
  9. Categorize stress as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and employ four essential techniques for reducing ‘bad’ stress.
  10. Practice the stress-reducing power inherent in nature and mindful walking.
  11. Reframe chronic pain that cultivates non-judging awareness with the body scan practice.
  12. Invite greater mental flexibility and overcome anxiety by including laughter in therapy.
  13. Learn how gratitude is an effective attentional practice for managing depression.
  14. Use the loving-kindness practice to prime clients for greater feelings of safety and trust.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, and past Vice President of The Center for Mindful Eating. A featured expert in The Mindfulness Movie, he was profiled in Spirituality and Practice’s Living Spiritual Teacher’s Project and for years was an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counselling and Portland State University. A prolific writer whose career spans more than 30 years, Donald has authored several pioneering books on mindfulness, beginning with his 1998 Art of the Inner Meal.

His books Clearing Emotional Clutter and The Mindfulness Code were both selected as “One of the Best Spiritual Books of the Year” in 2016 and 2010, respectively. The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Pain won the Benjamin Franklin Publishing Gold award as “best book in the psychology and mind-body-spirit categories.

Donald teaches mindfulness and spiritual values internationally, and he is dedicated to bringing these ancient practices in tune with modern living and to invite wellness into our stress-filled lives.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

For group and/or student rates please view our Terms & Conditions and contact for more information and registration. 

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