POTAC Winter Forum 2016 – Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Health Professionals

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Date & Time
March 17, 2016
2:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Dominican University of California


POTAC & the Dominican University of California Department of Occupational Therapy present

Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Health Professionals

with Donna Costa, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA  (lic. NV)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Registration 2:30 PM
Presentation 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Dominican University of California
Meadowlands Hall, Rm. 209
50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901

Program Description

This workshop will provide participants with an overview and introduction to the use of mindfulness as a therapeutic tool in clinical practice, with an emphasis in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Strategies to use with patients/clients will be shared along with resources for further learning.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions
  • Describe the structure of mindfulness-based interventions
  • Learn strategies for introducing mindfulness to patients/clients
  • Know where to access resources for further learning.


  • Definitions of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions
  • Evidence for mindfulness-based interventions
  • Structure of mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive therapy
  • Sample exercises from mindfulness based cognitive therapy and stress reduction
  • Introducing mindfulness to patients/clients and teaching strategies

Presenter Bio

Donna Costa, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA is currently an Associate Professor on the faculty of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Touro University Nevada. Dr. Costa has a strong clinical background in mental health occupational therapy practice along with program development and administration skills, and extensive teaching experience. She currently teaches entry-level occupational therapy courses in research, leadership, and psychosocial practice and has recent experience in teaching post-professional doctoral level courses and mentoring graduate students’ research projects. She also currently teaches preparation courses for the Occupational Therapy Certification Exam. She has authored numerous publications over her 40-year career, most recently in the areas of occupational therapy fieldwork education and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Donna is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and also the current chair of the AOTA Special Interest Section Council.


To reserve a space, please contact ude.nacinimodnull@htaeffirg.enaid or (415) 458-3731 by Monday, March 14, 2016. Attendance will be capped at 25 persons; admission cannot be guaranteed without preregistration; if we are sold out and you are late, we will give your seat to someone who has already arrived.

Pay at the door: $25 for POTAC & members; $40 for nonmembers; students $10; Priority registration to POTAC & OTAC members; DUC faculty and students free as available. Checks or cash only, no credit cards.

Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs – 3 contact hours. A percentage of all proceeds go to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship.


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