Mindfulness for Trauma and Addiction: A Self-Paced Daylong

Sam Himelstein, Ph.D. · September 4, 2022

Course Information

Course Instructor

Mindfulness for trauma & addiction


Defining Mindfulness

Mindfulness for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) & Trauma (Conceptual Map)

Mindfulness-Based Curriculum Example for SUD/Trauma

Relational Mindfulness for SUD/Trauma

Course Evaluation and More Training


  1. I am Tammy Cooper-Garvin and I work with abused women and women in prison. I am taking this course so I can teach it to the ladies inside of prison and in my transitional program. I really love this program and it really helps me to get my day started when I do my mindfulness meditation.

  2. I am Marvell Wilson Jr. minus the emotional instabilities of my youth ; my teenage life’s ( and a large portion of my adult life’s struggle with drug addiction , and my self-destructive behaviors, to now being a plus for the deterrence of ANYONE – especially our young people- from having to undergo any similar risks.

  3. Really enjoyed and learned so much during this course, the one that caught my attention most was the dog vs lion mind, I now feel comfortable enough to teach someone else the difference between those two.

  4. My name is Alan Velazquez, I am working at with a housing team helping individuals find housing. I am taking this course to be able to help youth and those individuals I come across. i know this course will help me improve my communication skills and practice.

  5. My name is Bryan and I work with various populations in a middle size city in Northern California called Chico. I work for a nonprofit that attempts to house previously unhoused individuals through a master lease program. I am taking this course so that I have a better chance at communicating with some individuals who have had a history of substance abuse and hope I am able to better relate to some of our residents.

  6. The concept of listening with the intention of allowing the other person to empty out what’s in their heart was paradigm-shifting for me. I appreciate the tools that were presented because I can apply them in, both, my personal and professional life.

  7. The course was very informative. I especially appreciated the training style of the Facilitator as well as the participation of the class. The visual aids and quizzes were extremely helpful to re-affirm key learning points. I would highly recommend this course for anyone working with the youth as well as those suffering from substance abuse. It is also helpful for a self assessment. Thank you

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  • Course Outline

    • Defining Mindfulness
      • Introduction to this course
      • Training Overview
      • What is Mindfulness? Lion Mind / Dog Mind
      • What is Mindfulness? (part 2)
      • One More Mindfulness Metaphor – Lamp / Flashlight
      • Mindful Breathing Instructions
      • Mindful Breathing Meditation
      • Meditation Process
      • Why Mindfulness? The Conceptual Map
      • Applied Equanimity
      • Module 1 Quiz
    • Mindfulness for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) & Trauma (Conceptual Map)
      • Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Doesn’t Happen in a Vacuum
      • Neurophysiology of Threat
      • Tree of Traumatic Adaptations
      • Widening the Window of Tolerance
      • The Mindful Check-In
      • Trauma-Informed Capacity Building Using Informal Mindfulness
      • Mindfulness Acronym – STIC
      • Module 2 Quiz
    • Mindfulness-Based Curriculum Example for SUD/Trauma
      • MBSAT Session Overview
      • Group Agreements
      • Using Agreements to Lead to a Normative Culture
      • Using Agreements to Lead to a Normative Culture (part 2)
      • Returning to the Lion Mind (participant example)
      • Four Tips for Teaching Trauma-Informed Mindfulness
      • Group Discussion on Teaching Meditation
      • MBSAT Session 1 Review
      • Using MBSAT/Mindfulness Curriculum in an Individual Setting
      • Module 3 Quiz
    • Relational Mindfulness for SUD/Trauma
      • Bodyscan Meditation
      • Mindfulness of Bodily Sensations (conceptual map)
      • Relational Mindfulness
      • Attunement + Authenticity
      • Deep Listening
      • Skillful Self-Disclosure
      • Importance of Self-Care / Mindfulness Apps
      • Compassion Meditation
      • Module 4 Quiz
    • Course Evaluation and More Training
      • More Training: MBSAT Facilitator Certification
      • Course Evaluation, Certificate, Next Steps!