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13th Annual Autism Conference; San Francisco, CA; 2019

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB/NASP — 
Ethics
Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Persons With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities
Friday, January 18, 2019
2:00 PM–4:50 PM
Grand Ballroom A-C
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Nirbhay Singh, Ph.D.
NIRBHAY SINGH (Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University)
Nirbhay N. Singh, Ph.D., BCBA-D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University. He was previously Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and Director of the Commonwealth Institute for Child and Family Studies, Richmond, VA. His research interests include mindfulness, behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatments of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and assistive technology for supporting individuals with diverse abilities. He is the Editor-in-Chief of three journals: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Mindfulness, and Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. His most recent books include Psychology of Meditation, Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Handbook of Positive Psychology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (with Shogren and Wehmeyer), Handbook of Recovery in Inpatient Psychiatry (with Barber and Van Sant), and Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness (with Stanley and Purser). Dr. Singh is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and American Psychological Science.
Description: The workshop will cover (1) mindfulness-based interventions, (2) the braiding of two evidence-based interventions—mindfulness-based practices with positive behavior support (MBPBS), and (3) the basics of mindfulness meditation, overview of different meditation practices, in vivo practice of several meditations, and simple yoga postures based on mindful movements. Instructions will be provided on informal mindfulness practices that can augment formal mindfulness practices. The application of mindfulness in the rhythm of daily life as well as in clinical practice with clients and social interactions with colleagues will be covered. In between meditation instructions and practices, there will be discussions of the evidence base and current research on the use of mindfulness-based programs interventions for persons with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) practice formal mindfulness meditation practices; (2) practice informal meditation practices and mindful movements; (3) discuss different mindfulness-based interventions used with individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities; (4) discuss MBPBS and how it is used to alleviate the suffering of family members, caregivers, and individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities; (5) decrease their stress and enhance joy in their professional and personal lives.
Activities: The format combines lecture, guided meditation practice, mindfulness movement yoga practice, and case studies.
Audience: Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate

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