Cultivating Mindful Practice (social work conference)

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The Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work, in association with the Society for Spirituality and Social Work, is presenting their 9th international conference entitled…

Cultivating Mindful Practice: Integrating the Personal and Professional for Effective Practice
June 27-28, 2014 – St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

Pre-conference workshop and retreat, June 25-26

This international conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and students to discuss and explore the nature of mindfulness as a personal /spiritual practice and its relevance for professional practice, teaching and research. The workshop and conference will offer professional development through the cultivation of attention, awareness, and attitudes beneficial for beginning to experienced practitioners. Scientific developments on neurobiology concerning the impacts and outcomes of mindfulness practice will be discussed.

The pre-conference workshop, Cultivating Mindfulness Practice for Professional Effectiveness and keynote address will be led by Elana Rosebaum and Bill Cook. Elana is a social worker, author, and founder of Mindful Living. She has worked directly with Jon Kabat-Zinn and is a highly regarded workshop facilitator and therapist ( Bill has led many mindfulness programs, and is a medical doctor and ethicist with expertise in MindBody medicine (

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Sumeru author Ray Parchelo will be one of the presenters…

Steps Beyond the Cushion: Contemplative Walking Practices – Ray Parchelo
Contemplative walking practices are often minimized, even discouraged by some meditation traditions and teachers. These dozen or more practices form a distinct collection of contemplative activities, indistinguishable in intention and purpose from sitting practice. This workshop suggests therapeutic social work applications, techniques for indoor and outdoor walking, designed to invigorate the use of contemplative walking practices in teaching mindfulness.

Ray Parchelo has been a clinical and community social worker in rural Eastern Ontario for 25 years. He has facilitated mindfulness groups since 1988 and developed the Change Your Mind mindfulness program in 2003. He is the author of Walk Like A Mountain: The Handbook of Buddhist Walking Practices (Sumeru Books, 2013). Ray has presented in several previous CSSSW Conferences. He is a Tendai Buddhist priest and National Director of Tendai Canada.

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Tracey Pickup, from Wild Rose Sangha in Calgary, is also presenting two papers at the conference…

Tracey Pickup is a Master of Social Work student at the University of Calgary. Ordained member of the Order of Interbeing in the Buddhist lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. Founder of the Wild Rose Sangha – Calgary community of mindful living. Former temple keeper of Mountain Lamp Community, residential mindfulness retreat centre in rural Washington. Former workshop leader for the Canadian Red Cross Violence and Abuse Prevention Program. Has led numerous mindfulness workshops in Calgary’s non-profit and social justice communities.

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