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Mindfulness: An Under-Appreciated Technique for Grief Therapy
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When: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
12:00 PM
Where: United States
Contact: Mackenzie Kelley

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August Webinar
Mindfulness: An Under-Appreciated Technique for Grief Therapy

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
1:00 - 2:30pm ET / 12:00 - 1:30pm CT

Mindfulness has recently become a popular panacea for addressing everything from depression and anxiety to corporate management relationships. While its original form can be effective for certain mental maladies and stress reduction, commoditization and commercialization of mindfulness have created a diluted version that is used in ways not originally intended.

This webinar features Dr. David Zuniga, a psychologist and Zen priest, and Worth Kilcrease, a thanatologist and chair of the ADEC Professional Development Committee, discussing mindfulness as an effective adjunct to a grief therapy practice. Dr. Zuniga describes traditional mindfulness, the difference between a mindfulness-based practice and mindful meditation, as well as the 2,500 year-old relationship of mindfulness to death and dying, emphasizing the existential nature and spiritual aspects of that relationship. Best practices for employing mindful meditation in modern-day psychotherapy will be discussed, including its indicators and contra-indicators.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify best practices for employing mindful meditation in the context of grief and end-of-life, including indicators and contra-indicators
  • Address the growing skepticism regarding mindful meditation as a panacea for mental health struggles 
  • Describe the traditional foundations of mindfulness, differentiating between mindfulness-based practice and mindful meditation 

Dr. David Zuniga earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, Texas, specializing in mindfulness-based approaches to counseling and wellness. In addition to individual therapy, his psychology practice includes mindfulness-based stress reduction seminars, grief groups, and therapy groups for caregivers and patients confronted by incurable illnesses. Previously, he was a faculty member in the Integrative Medicine Department at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Zuniga earned his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard, which led to him becoming the first westerner to be ordained in the Taego Order (one of the two largest and oldest lineages of Zen Buddhism in South Korea), and the third Buddhist to become a licensed hospital/hospice chaplain in the United States. In his earlier career, Dr. Zuniga worked as a Zen/interfaith chaplain in both pediatric and adult end-of-life care for over a decade. He also holds a Masters degree in literature. He has published widely and spoken internationally at leading academic conferences on mindfulness, grief, and end-of-life related issues. For free resources, and to learn more about his interdisciplinary work you can visit his website:

Continuing Education:
This webinar is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for 1.5 CE hours.

Webinar Access:
ADEC utilizes Zoom to broadcast its webinars. Those registered by August 19 will receive the webinar access information on the morning of Tuesday, August 20. Anyone registered after that will receive the information by 11:00am CT on Wednesday, August 21.