Applications of Mindfulness to Addiction Treatment and Relapse Prevention


New Directions for Women is proud to offer this full day workshop by Fran DiDomenicis, PhD, on mindfulness meditation. This session will introduce participants to the foundational teachings upon which mindfulness practices are based, and to how they are applicable to addictions treatment and relapse prevention. In addition to providing an intellectual understanding, participants will be guided in mindfulness practices that clients can effectively use to deal with difficult emotions and cravings, develop a spiritual basis for recovery, and experience the parallels between these practices and the Twelve Steps.

Personal Registration


Price: $45


9:00 am – 10:30 am

Introductions, Overview of workshop schedule

Definition and history of Mindfulness

Review of research

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Therapeutic applications of Mindfulness

Therapeutic results of Mindfulness


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

How to use Mindfulness with clients

The Twelve Steps and Buddhist principles

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

The farther reaches of Mindfulness practices

Importance of the therapist’s personal practice

Summary and Q & A


Guided meditations will be interwoven into the presentations throughout the day.


Who should attend:

•          Private Practitioners

•          Therapists

•          Psychologists

•          Interventionists

•          Drug & Alcohol Counselors

Instruction level: Intermediate/Advanced


By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

1.       Define mindfulness and its purpose.

2.       Understand the cause and the cure of addictive and other difficulties from a Buddhist perspective.

3.       Understand recent research findings related to mindfulness.

4.       Identify at least three major treatment approaches that incorporate mindfulness practices.

5.       Learn at least three mindfulness-based techniques for treatment and relapse prevention.

6.       Understand parallels between the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Buddhist principles and practices to achieve sobriety and emotional health.

Event Info

When: Friday, July 18, 2014

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $45 per person (includes lunch)

*Cancellations: If you are unable to attend, cancellations received by Friday, July 11 will receive a full refund. Cancellations submitted after this date are not eligible for refunds.

Location: Ayres Hotel & Suites

325 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

BBS Approval # PCE 3583

Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider Number 1N-05-548-1015 for 6 CEH’S.

New Directions for Women is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Directions for Women maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This seminar provides 6 CE credits.

Partial credit not available; participants must attend workshop in its entirety in order to obtain CEUs, CEHs, and/or CE credits.

For more information please contact Rebekah Baird at 949.313.1192 ext. 103 or via email at


About Fran


Fran DiDomenicis, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Walnut Creek, California. He began meditating in 1969 and has experience with several different traditions. Since 1996 he has practiced primarily in the Buddhist Theravada tradition, from which Mindfulness arose. He also has experience with Advaita Vedanta or Non-dual forms of meditation, as well as the Twelve Step approach to recovery.

Since starting his career in 1972 as an Addictions Counselor, Fran has integrated meditation techniques into his clinical work with a variety of clients. He served on the Board of the Buddhist Recovery Network for 2 years, and is currently working with others to launch the Bay Area Buddhist Recovery Network. To visit Fran online, go to


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