7/27 TPN Member CE Event: Dr. Ray Scurfield "Faith-Based & Secular Meditation: How to Incorporate Personally and Into Your Practice"

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Presented by: Dr. Raymond Monsour Scurfield, DSW, ACSW, LCSW, Professor Emeritus

July 27, 2020 9:00am-12:15pm CDT

3 CE Hours*

Audience: LPCs, LACs, Social Workers

Course Description:

Based on the presenter's 2019 book (NASW Press), this workshop describes culturally diverse faith-based and secular forms of meditation for personal benefit and as a strategy for clients to reduce anxiety/mood/other symptoms and enhance concentration, ability to detach from traumatic/stressful cognitions and emotions, and enhance positive aspects of living. Several case applications of both sit-down meditation and "spot" or tactical application, and didactic/experiential introduction to 13-step process to introduce clients and self to at least four forms of meditation: mantra, breath count, mindful breath awareness and hybrid. Benefits, cautions and relevance of meditation to prayer are described.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and experience at least four forms of meditation
  • Identify and experience 13 steps to introduce yourself and clients/patients to meditation
  • Understand the relationship between meditation and prayer
  • Understand how to incorporate both strategic (sitting down/quiet space) and spot/in-action meditation
  • Understand the relationship between metta (loving/kindness) meditation, personal benefits and social action

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Ray Monsour Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, Professor Emeritus of Social Work. MSW (1967) & DSW (1979), University of Southern California. Nationally recognized PTSD expert. Private practice (2011-current).

  • Captain, U.S. Army, (1967-71-- including Army psychiatric team in Vietnam (1968-69) Distinguished 25-year career, U.S. Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, i.e., Founding Director, VA National Center for PTSD, Honolulu, HI (1992-97)
  • 2006 MS Social Worker of the Year
  • 2012 National NASW Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Seven books. Most recent: Faith-Based & Secular Meditation: Everyday & Post-Traumatic Applications. (September, 2019)
  • 350+ appearances nationwide
  • External clinical consultant (2011-current), Biloxi VA Vet Center

This program has been approved by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners for 3 Clinical continuing education credit hours for social workers through Tulane School of Social Work