Pathways & Perspectives on Stimulant Use Recovery

NASWNH Chapter 0 48


September 20 & 21 | 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This virtual symposium, held over two days examines pathways and perspectives regarding stimulant and polysubstance use and recovery.

There is no cost to attend!


Topics will include:

  • Polysubstance Use and Harm Reduction: Effective Strategies & Techniques
  • Neurobiology and Medical Impact of Stimulant Use
  • Alcohol and Polysubstance Use
  • TRUST: An Integrated Behavior Model for Treatment of Stimulant Use
  • Stimulant Induced Psychosis

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

NASWNH Chapter 0 100
.5 Clinical CEUs pending approval - live webinar

About this event

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Rossana Lorentz Magalhaes, MS. EdS

Irena Danys MD


Workshop Description:

This is a 90-minute program introducing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, an 8-week program considered to be the gold standard in mindfulness training, developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Participants in the program consistently report benefits associated with increased well-being and quality of life. Evidence based outcomes include reduction in a variety of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Scientific investigations have revealed structural changes in brain regions involved in learning and memory, emotion regulation, sense of self, and perspective taking.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental awareness of what is actually happening, in the here and the now. It allows clear presence in a calm, non-reactive way, opening the space for wise responding even under difficult circumstances. Mindfulness practices open the door into our naturally present deep resources of wisdom, compassion and healing. Practical application of mindfulness in daily life allows for improved self-awareness, stress coping, resilience and interpersonal communication.

Inspired by the growing needs of the pandemic stressors, Rossana Magalhaes and Irena Danys teamed up to teach together and created the MBSR Collaborative Program, a live online version of MBSR taught by Zoom. This differs from traditional MBSR programs with its small class sizes, support of individuals between classes, and a post-program continuation series automatically included. In addition to serving individuals, Rossana and Irena are dedicated to expanding the reach of MBSR to others and are excited to describe the program, its outcomes and their own experiences.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to :

• Define Mindfulness, the direct experience of short Mindfulness practices and the benefits of incorporating Mindfulness practices in daily social work interventions.

• Describe evidence-based outcomes for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as related to anxiety, depression, chronic pain and wellbeing

• Explain the pathway for becoming a Certified MBSR - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher

About the Presenters

Rossana Lorentz Magalhaes, MS. EdS., is a Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a former mindfulness instructor at the Brain Mechanisms of Pain and Health Laboratory at the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.


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