Many of the best evidence based practices like Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Justice, Social Learning, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention — plus virtually every reputable therapeutic model — depend upon the ability to be fully present and to listen deeply.
Regardless of the techniques you use in your practice, understanding the workings of the mind can improve your ability to listen deeply in order to connect more accurately and become more effective with your clients.

Join international speaker and author, David Ryback, Ph.D., in a highly interactive workshop on the neuroscience of deep listening and mindfulness.

Learn how to use brain-based research to:

  • Listen and hear your clients’ concerns more accurately
  • Increase your effectiveness with every helping technique
  • Assist your clients to access guidance directly from their deeper selves

Workshop Details

Date TBA
7:30 AM Yoga (optional but encouraged)
8:00 AM Registration
8:30 AM Training begins
5:15 PM Training concludes

$180 registration fee includes 6 CECs plus materials and meals

7 Continuing Education Credits


Who Should Attend

This continuing education workshop is for clinical and non-clinical mental health professionals and front-line volunteers who have a role in fostering the well-being of individuals and groups. This includes substance abuse counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, social workers, and psychologists. It also includes a wide range of other paid and unpaid human services personnel.

The Training

Through a series of fast-paced lectures, case studies, and experiential small group exercises, you will gain a thorough understanding of the material presented while practicing proven techniques which you can begin to use with your clients right away. The Science of Deep Listening & Mindfulness will make you a more effective helper by using decades of neuroscience research to become more fully present with even your most challenging clients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Differentiate deep listening from ordinary listening and learn how to reach your clients at this deeper level
  2. Understand the brain process leading to “limbic resonance” and how to achieve it
  3. Recognize the similar dynamics of meditation and the acquisition of mindfulness
  4. Explain the benefits of meditation and mindfulness to clients and help them master both
  5. Demonstrate to clients the benefits of deep listening in their own relationships
  6. Acquire the skills of working with clients to make your therapy more meaningful and effective

The Trainer

David Ryback. Ph.D., a board-certified clinician, is founder of EQ Associates International in Atlanta, GA. He speaks internationally on his published research on the neuroscience of dream-work, deep empathy, and mindfulness. Among his books are Dreams That Come True (Doubleday) and ConnectAbility (McGraw-Hill) and, among his over 60 professional publications, are Self-Determination and the Neurology of Mindfulness and The Neuroscience of the Soul.
Dr. Ryback received his Master’s degree at San Diego State University and his Doctoral degree at the University of Hawaii and is an expert on mindfulness, deep empathy, and dream work. He trains professionals around the globe and served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, book editor for The Journal of Family Therapy, and columnist for Speaker, the magazine for the National Speakers Association.


Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers
CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 20.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LCPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LCPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 20.0 continuing education hours of credit.