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The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction

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The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction (book course) – Online CE Course

The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction course is a BOOK COURSE and requires the purchase of the book if not already owned. (See Pricing page for details)

The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction Course Description, Objectives, and Outline:

Course Description

This course, based on The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction book by Rebecca Williams, PhD and Julie Kraft, LMFT, presents 52 addiction recovery topics and in-the-moment mindfulness skills to help clients cope with daily stress and stay grounded in their recovery from behavioral addictions. Powerful skills are presented to support your clients in changing unhelpful thought patterns, navigating relationships, taking time for self-care, and managing intense emotions that get in the way of feeling better in recovery. Recovery from addiction can be challenging, this course will provide guidance along the path to supporting your clients’ day-to-day healthy recovery and activating joy.

Course Objectives:

  1. Provide clients at least two skills to explore emotions that can impact addiction recovery.
  2. Provide clients at least two strategies to change their thoughts to better support recovery goals.
  3. Identify two ways clients can cultivate and improve their relationships in recovery.
  4. Instruct clients in recovery two ways they can bond with their bodies in recovery.
  5. Identify two ways clients can include stress relief in their recovery journey.
  6. Use the provided mindfulness exercises and practices to engage clients in improving their ongoing recovery and wellness.

Course Outline:

  1. Section 1: Beginning Your Mindful Recovery
    1. Welcome to a New World
    2. Understanding Meditation
    3. A Mindful Good-bye to Addiction
    4. Mastering the Breath
    5. Sitting Still
  2. Section 2: Emotions
    1. Getting Comfortable with Moods
    2. Gratitude for Feelings
    3. Soothing Anger
    4. Releasing Fear
    5. Accepting Everyday Frustration
  3. Section 3: Especially Strong Emotions
    1. What to Do with Especially Strong Feelings
    2. When Emotions Get Stuck
    3. Honoring and Releasing Old Ways of Coping
    4. Letting Pain Be Pain, Not Suffering
    5. Self-Compassion
  4. Section 4: Thoughts
    1. Minding Your Mind
    2. Changing Your Thoughts
    3. Tricky Addiction Thinking
    4. Tricky Recovery Thinking
    5. The Inner Bully
    6. Positive Thinking
    7. Racing Thought
  5. Section 5: Cravings and Triggers
    1. Awareness of Triggers
    2. Coping and Cravings
    3. Reconnecting to Cues
    4. Urge Surfing
  6. Section 6: Mindfulness Skills and Stress Relief
    1. Changing Your Perspective on Stress
    2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation
    3. Removing Unnecessary Stress
    4. Practicing Acceptance
    5. Decluttering Your Space
  7. Section 7: Cultivating Relationships
    1. Creating a Support System (and Using It)
    2. Relationships that Don’t Work
    3. Dating and Intimacy
    4. Telling Others About Your Recovery
  8. Section 8: Improving Relationships
    1. Communicating Well
    2. Resolving Conflicts Mindfully
    3. Resentment and Forgiveness
    4. Other People’s Feelings
  9. Section 9: Bonding with Your Body
    1. Love and Respect for Your Body
    2. Prioritizing Sleep
    3. Mindful Eating
    4. Mindful Movement
    5. Yoga and Recovery
  10. Section 10: Values and Self-Worth
    1. Knowing Your Worth
    2. Discovering What You Value
    3. Being Money Mindful
    4. Reconnecting to Work
  11. Section 11: Sustaining Joyful Recovery
    1. Recovering Each Day
    2. Playful Recovery
    3. Special Occasions
    4. Maintaining Recovery over Time
  12. Resources for the Road
  13. References

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author: Rebecca Williams, Ph.D and Julie Kraft, LMFT

Rebecca E. Williams, Ph.D. is an award-winning author, psychologist, and wellness expert specializing in healthy recovery from mental illness, addiction, and life’s challenges. For the past 25 years, her work has focused on building resilience and embracing emotional well-being. She has been a program director at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and an associate clinical professor at The University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She currently connects with other professionals on podcasts and webinars.

Julie S. Kraft, M.A., LMFT is an award-winning author and a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in recovery from addiction, anxiety, depression, and challenging relationships. She was adjunct professor at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences until relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2018. Julie has spoken at several addiction conferences and is a frequent guest on podcasts, but her greatest joy is treating clients in her private practice and seeing them find deeper levels peace, joy and fulfillment.

Rebecca and Julie have collaborated on writing about mindfulness and addiction recovery for over ten years. Their books are used in virtual counseling, individual therapy, group therapy, and addiction recovery centers across the country and internationally. The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction has been translated into Korean, Japanese, and Hungarian. Along with their workbook, Rebecca and Julie created The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction which is pocket coach offering lots of in-the-moment mindfulness skills and adds powerful daily affirmations as clients continue on their personal healing journeys.


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