I am thrilled to report that the 2014 Summer Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) Basic Training Workshop was a smashing success! There were 26 clinicians in attendance from fields like social work, addictions treatment, and nursing who served clients in a wide array of settings ranging from primary care clinics to inpatient mental health facilities to hospice and private practice. We dug into the theory, clinical research, and neuroscience behind MORE, and spent time intensively practicing the core skills of this integrative therapeutic approach: mindfulness training, reappraisal, and savoring. For skill practice we utilized the state-of-the-art training facilities at the Bridge Training Clinic at the University of Utah College of Social Work. I supervised therapists through a one-way mirror and provided them real-time feedback through a wireless headset during their delivery of the various mindfulness techniques and cognitive skills integral to MORE.
I received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the training. One participant wrote: “When I began Mindfulness mediation in 2002, I had no roadmap, no teacher or guide. I had to figure out what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and who to include and NOT include in my attempted meditation experience. I was completely self-schooled and reaching for a way to focus and center myself… Imagine how validating it was for me to sit with a group of colleagues and discuss Mindfulness. Imagine how nurturing it was to have a mentor. Imagine how incredible it was to participate with feedback and discuss the dynamics of what I PERSONALLY experience and not have someone try to adjust my perception… You were a wonderful teacher. I also love the data. I know this discipline works because I have effectively used it to my advantage so many times…including relinquishing the stranglehold pain can have and loss can have, and welcoming the opportunity for reinvention and reframe. Thank you so much, Eric, for sharing. I hope to work with you again.” – Gloria
I intend to offer an advanced training on MORE in the near future. This training will provide in-depth coverage on the application of the basic MORE techniques of mindfulness, reappraisal, and savoring to directly target addictive behaviors, craving, negative emotions, and chronic pain. For information on MORE, click here.