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When: 1 - 5PM
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Children's Treatment Center
6611 Gulton Ct. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87109
United States
Contact: Kevin Kinzie

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December 14, 2018 

"Mindful Therapy: The Art of True Presence and Deep Listening"

Presented by: 
Thomas Bien, PhD

Children's Treatment Center, 6611 Gulton Ct. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
1:00 to 5:00 PM

4 CE Credits

$75 - NMPA Members
$65 - NMPA Student and Early Career Members
$90 - Non-Members 


We cannot be deeply present without nurturing ourselves. Being present to others requires a capacity to be present to ourselves, or self-relatedness. This workshop approaches mindfulness as not only a set of techniques, but more importantly as a way to be more deeply present.

While mindfulness has become a topic of great interest among psychotherapists, work to date has focused largely on teaching mindfulness techniques to clients.  Such approaches can be helpful, but the most useful aspect of mindfulness may lay elsewhere-- namely, in helping the therapist become more deeply open and present.  Metaanalysis suggests that factors such as the therapeutic relationship may be even more important than the therapist’s specific clinical techniques, despite the attachment therapists have toward these.  In an age of distraction, however, it is increasingly difficult to be deeply present to anything.

Mindfulness can be and has been usefully abstracted from its Buddhist roots, yet there is also much to be gained by understanding the soil out of which mindfulness has grown. Buddhism itself, here taken as a kind of wise, ancient psychology, can deeply enrich our understanding and practice of mindfulness, and suggest many direct applications with clients as well.  This course explores some foundational Buddhist insights in light of their clinical utility.



  • Understand what mindfulness is and its role in the listening process
  • Know how to practice mindfulness in daily life
  • Deepen their capacity to listen and be present
  • Identify at least three ways to care for thoughts and feelings through mindfulness
  • Articulate the clinical utility of several foundational Buddhist insights



Thomas Bien, PhD, is an author and practicing psychologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  His work is at the forefront of integrating mindfulness into the practice of psychotherapy. He is the author of:  Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing From Addiction (Wiley, 2002), Finding the Center Within: The Healing Way of Mindfulness Meditation (Wiley, 2003), Mindful Therapy: A Guide for Therapists and Helping Professionals (Wisdom, 2006), and The Buddha’s Way of Happiness (New Harbinger, 2010).  He is co-editor of Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship (Guilford,2008). 

This forum will also be broadcast as a live webinar.
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- NMPA does not accept registration without payment. 
- All cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee. 
- "No Show" registrants are not eligible for a refund.
- Registration payments are event-specific and are not transferable.
- We cannot award CE certificates if you miss more than 15 minutes of the presentation by arriving late, leaving early, or stepping out during the workshop. No partial credit will be awarded.

- This program is sponsored by the New Mexico Psychological Association (NMPA).  NMPA is approved by the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners to sponsor continuing education for New Mexico psychologists.  NMPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

- The New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board and the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners have accepted continuing education approved for psychologists.  Please check with the respective boards for details. 

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