CE and Conversation

These events offer an opportunity for mental health professionals to learn theories and strategies which inform the practices of professional colleagues as well as the networking opportunity to make their own practices more visible.  Professionals who attend reconnect with friends, develop new alliances with colleagues, and expand their mental health community.

 Where: Lucky Lab Brew Pub   915 SE Hawthorne Blvd.  Portland, OR 97214

Free parking on site & street parking nearby

30 minutes of networking plus CE presentation; Food and drink available for purchase.

Charge is $10 (for room & CE costs); coming a little early can be useful; you can place a food order, the staff will bring your lunch into the meeting room.

March 2, 2018, 12:15 - 2:30 1 1/2 hr CE

How Movement Based Mindfulness Practices Can Support the Psychotherapeutic Process

Presenter:  Israel Sostrin, MSPT, CMT, GCFP, SD L-3 Candidate Wholeness in Motion Physical Therapy

 Israel Sostrin invites mental health professionals & somatic-movement therapists to forge a closer alliance.  As mindfulness practices gain evidence-based traction in mainstream, corporate & scientific communities, it is important that mental health professionals learn about the therapeutic benefits of movement–based mindfulness practices including the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, Spacial Dynamics, Alexander Technique, yoga, some martial arts.  Secondly, willingness by mental health professionals & somatic professionals to experience the “other side of the couch” can lead to more successful outcomes in both arenas of helping improve people’s lives. 

Those who attend this workshop will be able to:

  • List 5 fundamental principles of movement-based mindfulness practices that distinguish them from other mindfulness practices and apply knowledge of those principles to more effectively design treatment options.
  • Analyze their own personal movements and describe the relationship of movement to the sense of security & capacity for engagement during everyday activities and professional practice.
  • Utilize analysis of client’s (e)motion(al) state to create rapport, assess needs & evaluate progress.
  • Recognize and demonstrate outward and inward movements and revise therapeutic assessment of and response to behavior.
  • Explain the value of a mindfulness movement practice and discuss the value of developing “practice affection” in lieu of adding another chore to the lists of busy people.

Israel has been a practicing physical therapist for 21 years and his fascination with human movement and mindfulness practices continues to deepen. He completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2003 and is currently a Level III Spacial Dynamics Candidate with 6 years of training.  His experience as a physical therapist working in out-patient clinics, large urban hospitals, in-patient rehab centers, nursing homes and his own private practice for the past 15 years have provided exposure to persons of all ages and all walks of life.  Of note to mental health professionals, he has worked with a Jungian Analyst for self & professional development for 10 yrs.   He enjoys collaborating with his clients to develop movement skill and to witness all the associated benefits. With a viewpoint that every person’s movement is formed by their thinking, feeling, and actions - functions that we are often unaware of - he respects the challenge of addressing movement effectively.  He is currently re-inventing his public & professional workshops after a long sabbatical from group teaching.   He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter in a house filling with pets.

These programs are co-sponsored by AMHA-OR Metro and Mentor Research Institute. Mentor Research Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mentor Research Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.