A Day of Mindfulness for Mental Health Professionals 2020

In response to the recommendations of CDC and other governmental agencies, we have made the decision to postpone our “Mindfulness Day for Mental Health Professionals.” If the virus passes through quickly, we will reschedule the workshop as early as possible, being aware of the upcoming deadlines during the summer for meeting C.E. requirements. If the period of disruption is prolonged, we will reschedule the workshop when circumstances permit.

May everyone remain healthy, happy, safe and dwell in peace.

John Pickering


Topic: Conceptions of the Self
Where: Tam Bao Meditation Hall, 975 Monterrey Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Presenters: C.Gary Pettigrew, Ph.D., ABPP.; Nicole Falgoust, Ph.D., LCSW; Corey Porche, MS, LPC; John Pickering, Ph.D.
When: Saturday, April 4, 2020; 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Cost: $90.00 (early registration); $120.00 (after 3/31/2020); $40.00 Students/residents/interns

The importance of both the therapeutic relationship and the therapist’s demonstration of empathy in relating to a client have been widely acknowledged by most psychotherapy approaches today. Although the teaching of empathy has proven a somewhat elusive goal, some research has suggested that mindfulness training may be helpful in this endeavor.
An empathic relationship can be described as two (or more) individuals moving beyond a casual conversation strongly determined by social and cultural conventions to a much more personal and intimate conversation more directly revealing of each individual’s “self.” But the subjective experience and understanding of this self is itself heavily influenced by these same social and cultural conventions, and so it is helpful for therapists to have some understanding of just how differently people from diverse cultures, classes and religions may experience and comprehend the self.
To broaden therapists’ understanding of themselves and their ability to relate empathically with clients from diverse sociocultural backgrounds, this workshop will present four notably different concepts of “self,” representing different cultural and theoretical orientations. The lectures will be interspersed throughout the day with periods of guided meditation led by a zen-trained Buddhist monk.

Licensed Professional Counselors: The Louisiana Counseling Association is approved by the Louisiana Licensed Professional Board of Examiners to offer continuing education for Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors and Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors. This program meets requirements up to 6.0 continuing education clock hours for Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors.

Psychologists: This program has been approved for 6.0 continuing education contact hours by the Louisiana Psychological Association.

Social Workers: This program was approved for 6.0 Clinical contact hours of continuing education credit by the National Association of Social Workers – Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners.



8:00-8:40 Registration and greetings
8:40-9:25 John Pickering, Ph.D.: European (Psychodynamic) conception: Self as mind.
9:25-9:45 Period of guided sitting meditation
9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00-10:45 Nicole Falgoust, Ph.D., LCSW: Afro-Brazilian conception: Self as body
10:45-11:15 Period of sitting meditation
11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30-12:00 Period of walking meditation
12:00-12:50 Mindful lunch (with period of eating in silence)
12:50 – 1:00 Break

1:00-1:45 Corey Porche, MS, LPC: North American (behavioral – ACT) conception: Self as context
1:45-2:15 Period of guided sitting meditation
2:15-2:45 Period of walking meditation
2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00-3:45 C. Gary Pettigrew, Ph.D., ABPP: Asian conception: The Self in Zen
3:45-4:15 Period of guided sitting meditation
4:15-5:00 Evaluation/Q&A/Wrap-up



Please send check to:
Dr. John Pickering
7510 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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