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Upcoming Classes

Our calendar lists upcoming classes of FCM at the Tampa Center and in Naples and St. Petersburg. Please click on an event for more information or to register. More information about FCM's full menu of classes can also be found in our Programs section.


    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 16
    Register


    The quality of virtually every relationship in our lives – family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and more – is greatly influenced by how skillfully we listen and speak. For many of us, mindful communication can be a challenge as well as a source of suffering for ourselves and others. Leaning to listen and speak wisely can greatly enrich and bring healing to all of our relationships. 


    Our learning objectives in this workshop are to cultivate speaking and listening with presence and caring, incorporating the following six guidelines of ATTUNE which have been developed by instructor Angie Parrish in her work in Mindful Communication:

    • Aspire to enrich relationships through the practice of mindful communication
    • Tune in, letting go of thinking and using mindful breathing to shift into greater awareness of the present moment
    • Trust that we can allow meaningful dialogue to unfold without trying to control the outcome or force an agenda
    • Understand what is arising in ourselves and others so that compassion may take the place of anger or fear
    • Nourish with deep listening to truly hear the other and create space for communication and relationship to deepen
    • Express with HART, with kindness, honesty, wisdom and an intention for our words to be of benefit to others

    Together, these guidelines offer essential support for awakening amid the rich challenges of interpersonal encounters.


    The workshop will include meditations, instruction, and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.


    The workshop will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa from 8:30 am to 3 pm on Saturday, June 29. The cost is $60, with a reduced rate available for those needing financial support. If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Workshop Leader

    Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes.



    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 23
    Register
    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     
    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    We want to be happy. To enjoy our life, our relationships, our work, our time off. Yet, in spite of our best intentions, ease turns into frustration and confidence turns into anxiety. So, what’s going on? Where is this misery coming from?

     

    Surprisingly, the answer is found in our own mind. The human mind is enormously receptive to being programmed with responses based on our personal experience in the past. Once programmed, habitual responses arise silently, without our knowledge or consent. Some responses produce positive results. Others produce misery for ourselves & others. Particularly damaging are the habits that take over automatically when we feel a loss of control, stability, clarity. Fortunately, with understanding & mindfulness, this unhappy cycle can be transformed. 


    Class participants will learn:

    • The mind is the source of our experience;
    • How past conditioning arises in mind & develops into positive or negative mind states
    • How to use feelings as indicators of the presence of conditioned reactive states
    • How to recognize the choice point where new behavior is possible
    • Specific mindfulness practices for:
      -
      Recognizing & stabilizing negative mind states 
      - Recognizing & nourishing positive mind states.

    This class is approved for 5 Continuing Education Credits for LMHC; LCSW; LMFT 

     

    Workshop Leaders

    Darlene Stewart, LMHC, is a retired Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She’s worked in counseling psychology since 1970.  She specialized in providing trauma services for children and adults suffering from the effects of childhood abuse & neglect.  She’s incorporated mindfulness into daily life and work since 1997. 

     

    Charles Stewart, LMHC is a retired Florida Mental Health Counselor.  He’s worked in counseling psychology since 1970.  He specialized in providing substance abuse & mental health counseling for people suffering the effects of chemical addiction.  He’s incorporated mindfulness into daily life & work since 1997.



    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number 50-14766. This course is approved for 5 CEU’s. Credit will only be awarded with verification of attendance.

    Grievance Procedure: Mail a statement describing your complaint to Director of Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals; 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604



    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604

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    More information to come in early 2019.

    • 04 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register
    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     
    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 28
    Register
    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, October 29 and November 5, 12, & 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     

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