Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Turning Towards the Present Moment | GSAPP


Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Turning Towards the Present Moment

Presenter: Ken Verni, Psy.D. 

5 CE credits for Psychologists
5 Clinical CE hours for NJ, NY, & PA Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, & Teachers
Instructional level: Introductory 
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Rutgers School of Social Work. Click HERE for their CE Provider Details.
*Please note that this workshop does not provide CEH for LPCs*

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom” 

Victor Frankl, M.D. 

Mindfulness Practice is often defined as the process of paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment.  We all have this innate capacity to be aware of what is happening within us and around us. However, this present-centered awareness is often overshadowed by our habits of judging our experience, worrying about the future or re-working the past and becoming desensitized to the body’s wisdom.  When we are lost in the swirl of thoughts, we are more prone to periods of reactivity in response to both internal and external events and feeling overwhelmed by the situations we find ourselves in. Mindfulness practice facilitates our ability to respond instead of react when faced with personal and interpersonal stressors. Participants in this training will gain a first-hand experiential introduction to actual mindfulness practices involving breathing and gentle body movements and methods for incorporating mindfulness practices into their everyday as well as an opportunity to relate that personal experience to the growing body of theory and research that is placing mindfulness-based interventions on the cutting edge of strength based efforts to promote health, balance, and well-being in the midst of the challenges we face as human beings in a modern age.  

The goal of this training is to provide an experiential and conceptual framework from which to explore the use of mindfulness-based stress reduction in both professional and personal contexts. Please note:  This is a highly participatory training that will involve experiential exercises in breath awareness, intentional silence, and gentle focused movement as a means to give participants first-hand experience with present centered awareness. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Define Mindfulness both conceptually and experientially. 
  2. Describe specific Mindfulness practices, including both formal and informal mindfulness practice. 
  3. List underlying psychological and neuroscientific factors associated with the positive impact of mindfulness practice. 
  4. Discuss relationship between Mindfulness Practice and Stress Reduction and Enhanced Resilience and overall wellness. 
  5. Summarize empirical evidence that supports Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as an evidenced based practice 



Dr. Ken A. Verni is a Clinical Psychologist and Co-Director of the NJ Center for Mindful Awareness ( Dr. Verni’s professional work for the past 20 years has been directed towards helping individuals access and use their inner wisdom as a means to experience greater balance and fulfillment in their lives. A long time student and practitioner of mindfulness meditation, Dr. Verni originally trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn from the Center for Mindfulness at Umass in 2006 and he continues to participate in the advanced trainings and supervision offered at Umass for experienced MBSR teachers. He facilitates time-limited courses in MBSR in private, corporate and clinical settings. He has taught MBSR programs for the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, Google employees at their NYC office and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and he is providing ongoing trainings for the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission to support the development and implementation of Mindfulness Initiatives. In 2017, Dr Verni was invited to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC. to moderate a panel discussion entitled “Unlocking Successful Strategies for Achieving Mindfulness and Increasing Resilience” at the Innovations in the Workplace Conference. Dr. Verni received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. His doctoral dissertation entitled “Sitting Still in the Midst of Change” focused on the positive impact mindfulness practice can have on adolescent identity formation and psychological stability. He is also affiliated with Rutgers University as a training and consultation specialist providing trainings throughout the state of NJ on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction(MBSR). He currently maintains a private practice in Highland Park providing psychotherapy services to adolescents and adults, as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction programs.


PARKING INFORMATION:Parking is free; however, Rutgers still requires that all guests register their car online for a visitor permit. Please use the below link to register your car prior to the event:

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

41 Gordon Rd. Piscataway , NJ 08854