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Mindfulness & Compassion: Building Your Practice

Mindfulness & Compassion: Building Our Practice 

Mindfulness and compassion are widely regarded as essential elements of best practice and are included as a component of several integrative interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention. This course will explore the role of mindfulness and compassion in direct practice, for clients and practitioners. We will explore mindfulness as occurring at the intersection of intention, attention, and attitude. Cultivating mindfulness and working from a place of compassion for oneself and others can be a protective measure against practitioner burnout, while promoting resilience in our own lives and in the lives of those with whom we work. Course participants will be introduced to and practice strategies for integrating mindfulness and compassion into their personal or professional lives.

Meet the instructor

Scott R PetersenScott R. Petersen, LCSW, CAC-III, is a faculty member and trauma specialist at the Center for Social Innovation/t3 in Needham, MA and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Denver, CO. In addition, he is a therapist for an NIH-funded study at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO investigating the efficacy of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE). Scott has been working with people affected by mental health conditions, substance use, and trauma for more than 20 years as an outreach worker, case manager, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and program director. He previously served as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work where he also coordinated the Trauma Studies Certificate Program. He has been practicing meditation since 1993, under the direction of the late Fr. Pat Hawk Roshi and Dr. Marsha Linehan Roshi and is currently a member of the Center for Contemplative Living in Denver, CO and Empty Cloud Sangha based in Seattle, WA.


  • Week One: Introduction to and overview of mindfulness and compassion
  • Week Two: Understanding how and why mindfulness works
  • Week Three: Integrating mindfulness into our lives and work



Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who have attended the all three, live webcasts (or watch the entire recording of each live session), completed all required learning activities, scored higher than 80% on each weekly quiz, completed the course evaluation form, and the certificate request form. 3.5 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the final webcast.



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Center for Social Innovation, Provider #1457, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. The Center for Social Innovation maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2016 to 10/17/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3.5 continuing education clock hours.

Center for Social Innovation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Center for Social Innovation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course has been approved by the Center for Social Innovation, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, The Center for Social Innovation is responsible for all aspects of their programing.