MHCCF Meeting - Enhancing Your Relationships through the Power of Mindfulness

  • Friday, April 11, 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL

Meeting Agenda:

8:30-9 a.m. - Registration and Sign-in

9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker

Speaker: Heidi Behr, LCSW


Topic: Enhancing Your Relationships through the Power of Mindfulness

Description: Sometimes we are certain our partner (or friend, boss, or co-worker) means something else than what they have said.  We might find ourselves reacting to what we believe is the "true meaning" behind their words or behaviors.  Since mindreading really isn’t foolproof, come learn mindfulness techniques to be your BEST self in your personal and work relationships. Come learn how to teach these skills to your clients. Mindfulness  (moment to moment non-judgmental awareness) can help you while you are with your clients as well. What if you were able to notice feeling annoyed (or angry, disappointed, upset) while talking with your loved one (or co-worker, boss, client, or friend)? Instead of just reacting in that negative feeling state, you can learn to use Mindfulness. This allows you to stop + breathe-- then reflect on the reaction and choose how you really prefer to respond, before saying something out loud that you might later regret. These skills can be taught and cultivated to help you enhance your intimate relationships as well as with family, friends and coworkers.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn to:
  1. Understand and describe mindfulness to their clients.
  2. Learn a simple 4-step method for assessing negative emotional states and how to shift out of those states mindfully.
  3. Learn how and why simple Loving-kindness phrases can help shift emotions in relationships.

Speaker Bio:

Heidi Behr is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with 25 years experience in the counseling field. She has a private practice in Winter Park, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, addiction and couples. She coordinated research studies and counseled clients at Yale University’s Substance Abuse Treatment Program; at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; and at the Boston VA Hospital, specializing in treating veterans with trauma and substance abuse issues. Heidi has provided counseling to children and families in various school settings and has counseled hospital employees at the Florida Hospital EAP.  She is a Florida Licensed Clinical Supervisor, and for the past 8 years has provided supervision to MSW and BSW students from UCF at various locations in Central Florida (most notably, at Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation). Heidi is just finishing up her first year teaching at the UCF School of Social Work and is happy to get back to her regular yoga practice, and live more mindfully.
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