Trauma-Focused Approaches to Meditation, Breathwork, and Yoga-Based Somatic Movement in 

Clinical Settings

July 29-31, 2022

Robert Morris University

(Specific Location TBA)

Day 1 and 2: 8:30am-5:30pm ET,  Day 3: 8:30am-3:00pm ET


The evidence supporting the power of mindfulness meditation, yoga-based strategies, and breathwork in clinical settings, specifically as part of embodied strategies for trauma-focused care, continues to mount. This training program enables those with a personal meditation and/or yoga practice the ability to acquire the skills for facilitating these holistic practices within their current scope of clinical work. Although primarily developed for clinical trauma professionals (counselors, social workers, psychologists), we also open the course to corrections workers and anyone working in the field of addiction recovery. In this course participants will enhance their knowledge of how trauma affects the brain and the body and will discover and implement the latest clinical and empirical knowledge from helping professions on how meditation, breathwork, and yoga/somatic movement can promote healing and recovery. This training program teaches you to seamlessly fold these interventions into your existing strategies for clinical treatment planning within evidence-based models. Attention is paid to individual, group, and community work. Participants will develop the skills to facilitate sequences for embodied healing to reach those who may otherwise not have the chance to benefit holistically from such practices, while also learning when it is most responsible to refer clients elsewhere for yoga-related interventions. This training counts towards Module B of the Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy program offered by the Institute for Creative Mindfulness.


After completing this workshop training, Expressive Arts Therapy Module B, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the presence of unresolved trauma and how it shows up as both clinical and sub-clinical symptoms in clients and consumers of services
  2. Explain the concept of “the body keeps the score” in trauma recovery and relay, in client-friendly terms, how practices like meditation, breathwork, and yoga can help to promote trauma-focused healing
  3. Instruct at least 3 breathing techniques used to help reduce anxiety, create balance, and/or allow tension to release
  4. Implement these 3 breath strategies across the three stages of the consensus model for trauma care
  5. Create at least 2 types of short trauma-focused meditation practices that can be facilitated during a clinical session, a group, or in a community wellness setting
  6. Describe potential boundary issues with clients and determine appropriate responses
  7. Design and implement simple movement sequences that can be delivered within the scope of one’s clinical practices that can be facilitated across the consensus model for trauma-focused care in individual, group, or community wellness settings
  8. Identify potential “trigger” words in all of the practices covered in the course and optional/invitational language suggestions based on trauma-focused care knowledge
  9. Develop strategies and approaches for redirection in addressing potential behavioral challenges and challenging individual, group, or community environments 
  10. Identify 3-4 other clinical modalities and discuss how trauma-informed yoga can be incorporated into teaching skills and interventions in these modalities (e.g., DBT, EMDR therapy, ACT, etc.)

By Registering for this Training, You Acknowledge and Agree to the Following:

  • Attendance: Your presence at the entire training is required at all sessions as an attendance verification. No partial credit can be awarded. 


  • Payment: The cost of this training is $395.00. Please notify our office at [email protected] if you have any questions about payment. Note that requests for refunds are governed by ICM's Organizational Policies. 


  • Refund/Cancellation Policy: You have read and agree to ICM's Organizational Policies, which stipulate the terms for refunds, cancellations, and resolving grievances and disputes.


  • Correspondence from Training Organization: The Institute for Creative Mindfulness regularly sends correspondence about the training, including an email confirmation at registration and several emails leading up to each training. The emails presently come from [email protected]. Additionally, The Institute for Creative Mindfulness may send out emails from [email protected]. If you are not receiving these emails, you are required to check your spam folder as correspondence from new organizations often ends up there. Once you receive your first correspondence, please save the email to your address book. If you have not received a confirmation email or other correspondence from the organization within seven days of the event, it is your responsibility to reach out to us by email or phone.


  • Professionalism: You will show up on time and be fully present for each session, acting in a professional manner. You will reach out to your faculty member or any assistants if any unexpected problems arise. Staying present for online learning can come with its unique set of challenges, and you agree to take full responsibility for addressing your needs in the area of grounding and self-care during the training. You agree to refrain from all alcohol and illicit drug use during the training and agree to speak with your faculty member or an assistant if you anticipate that your impairment due to prescribed medications might pose a problem during the training. The faculty and staff reserve the right to remove trainees at any time if the trainee creates an unsafe or unprofessional environment for you or for other trainees, or for any other reason, at their sole discretion.
  • Accommodations: The Institute for Creative Mindfulness follows the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We ask that if you are in need of any special accommodations that will allow you to take your training with us online, please email us with any special requests thirty days before the scheduled training. If, during the training, a need for an accommodation arises, you are expected to contact your instructor and/or practicum assistant immediately and we will discuss the best possible solution.

  • Confidentiality: There is no client relationship or other privilege that would create a duty rising to the level of clinical confidentiality in this training setting; however, you are expected to respect the confidentiality of other trainees in the group, and your trainer will explain the importance of confidentiality. Trainees who observe a problem with another trainee are expected to bring the problem to the lead trainer or other training staff. Similarly, if a staff member observes an issue with professionalism, they reserve the right to discuss that issue with the lead trainer.

Email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

About the Instructor

Paula Soto

Paula Soto LCSW, ERYT, YACEP is a licensed clinical social worker, Certified EMDR therapist, and experienced registered yoga teacher with over two decades of experience empowering individuals and communities toward wellness.  Paula founded Intersections Wellness in 2012, to improve awareness and accessibility of body/mind healing practices.  Paula balances her time between her private psychotherapy practice, developing and implementing yoga and wellness programs for trauma-impacted and special needs populations, and educating the general public, yoga teachers, and health professionals on trauma, stress management, and body/mind practices.    Paula is an advanced topics trainer with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, EMDRIA-approved Consultant in Training, (working toward becoming a consultant with ICM), a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and a member of EMDRIA and NASW.   In her spare time, Paula enjoys cleaning stalls and spending time with horses at Orchardview Stables in Wexford, PA, a nonprofit therapeutic riding program.  She also can be found practicing at her local yoga studio or veering around with more spirit than skill at the roller skating rink.

Continuing Education 

This is an IN-PERSON training. This is a beginner-level course. Attendance at all live sessions and course evaluation is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are made available after all live sessions have been completed within this course portal. Upon completing the evaluation, participants will automatically receive the certificate via email. If you have not received your certificate within 24 hours, please contact [email protected].

This course is approved for 18.5 CE credit hours by the following approval agencies:

State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306

American Psychological Association

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

National Board for Certified Counselors

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness has been approved by NBCC as an Approved  Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6998. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC  credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Association of Social Work Boards

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness, #1735, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: 03/16/2021 – 03/16/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 18.5 continuing education credits.

Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)

Dr. Jamie Marich (E-RYT-200/RYT-500)-The Institute for Creative Mindfulness- is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. This course, if attended in full, offers 9 non-contact hours for Registered Yoga Teachers.

A General Note About Approvals

Please also note that APA-approved sponsors are accepted by many state boards, such as California BBS and major licensure boards within the state of Pennsylvania. In both of these cases, separate paperwork does not need to be filled out. Many state boards also accept out-of-state providers, which is why our Ohio approvals appear on every training. In some states, pre- or post-program approval forms must be sent, and you are responsible for checking into the rules of the licensure board in your state as to what is required. Please let the Institute for Creative Mindfulness know if you need support documentation in any way for these pre or post-program approval applications.

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome to Your Yoga for Clinicians Training

    2. Informed Consent & Code of Conduct

    3. Informed Consent for Movement Courses (Required)

    4. Course Description and Objectives

    5. Training Agenda

    6. Training Manual

    7. Resource: Interview with Malika Rajan: Adaptation, Cultural Appropriation, and Living the Teachings of Yoga

    8. Spotify Collaborative Playlist for Yoga/Mindful Movement Classes

    9. Extra Resources (Scripts, etc.) in EMDR Resource Library

    1. Follow up and Important Information

    2. Course Evaluation

About this course

  • $395.00
  • 11 lessons
  • 29 hours of video content