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Welcome

Continuing Education Workshop - Unique and Powerful Approach to Mindfulness

 “I think it’s the best one I’ve ever taken and I’ve been in the field long time. You truly have a gift!” Debby Jacobson Prof

THREE locations in the state of ohio -MULTIPLE WORKSHOP DATe

Cleveland / Beachwood, Ohio - Dates

These Workshops Fill Up Quickly

2019

SOLD OUT - Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

EMAIL DAVID TO BE PLACE ON SHORT WAIT-LIST

ADDITIONAL DATE BELOW

 Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 



Columbus, Ohio - Dates

These Workshops Fill Up Quickly 

2019


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019

You may register on or before Sat. November 16, 2019.



Cincinnati, Ohio - Dates

 These Workshops Fill Up Quickly 


TBA


New Locations Forthcoming

Pittsburgh - November, 2020 pending

Philadelphia, PA

Nashville, TN

Testimonials

What your colleagues are saying about this workshop...

 "Thank you for your workshop it was truly life-changing. "   Kyla Maddox, MSW, LISW 


"It was the absolute the BEST workshop that I've been to in years. Amazing work!!!"    

Michelle Webb-Fridman  LISW-S, LICDC 


 "I would like to thank you again for evoking a pivotal change in my life." Dominique Wilkes, LSW 


"It was an excellent workshop. Definitely the best workshop for CEU's that I have ever been to. I enjoyed the experiential nature of the day and the presentation itself." 

Tracy Elzy LPCC


 "It was excellent. The best workshop that I have ever attended." 

 Debbie Addis, LSW


 "One of the best workshops I've been to. Useful techniques, clear understanding of content and warm environment. I love the workbook." Sarah S. LISW


"This was without question the most impactful seminar I have ever attended on both a personal and professional level. David takes the prevailing wisdom on awareness and consciousness from our most prominent purveyors such as Eckardt Tolle and molds it into a concrete, practical, easy to understand program that can transform our lives and the lives of our clients with regular practice. I was riveted throughout and I feel inspired to come out of retirement and work with clients again!!!"
William 0’Boyle, LPCC-S 


 "I want you to know the workshop had a profound impact on me." A.T. LPC, MFT 


 “I think it’s the best one I’ve ever taken and I’ve been in the field long time. You truly have a gift!” Debby Jacobson, Assistant Professor, MSASS, CWRU (#9 ranked social work school in the U.S.)  

  

"This workshop blew my expectations out of the water. David had a wonderful, passionate way of sharing knowledge with us and his energy and experience helped me deepen my own awareness in ways I didn’t expect. He taught me to understand what the present moment is and how to use new skills to be more conscious and present. This benefits me as well as my work with clients." Matt D., MSEd., LPCC


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Welcome

Mindfulness and the Art of Letting Go

This program is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board for:

Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists for 6 CE’s

  

This workshop ALSO has NASW National CE Approval.


 THERE ARE NOW - THREE - LOCATIONS AVAILABLE: 

Beachwood (CLEVELAND) -  Columbus - Cincinnati (Midtown)


These Workshops Fill Up Quickly

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Cleveland (Beachwood) - 2019 Dates

 SOLD OUT - Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

EMAIL DAVID TO BE PLACE ON SHORT WAIT-LIST

ADDITIONAL DATE BELOW

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 


Registration Deadline is 3 DAYS PRIOR TO WORKSHOP


Location - Beachwood, OH

Homewood Suites by Hilton 

25725 Central Pkwy

Beachwood, OH 44122

(Near the intersection of I-271 and Chagrin Blvd.)


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 Columbus - 2019 Dates


NEW DATE BELOW

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019

 You may register on or before Sat. November 16, 2019. 


Location - Columbus, OH

Officescape

NASW Ohio Chapter 

(This workshop is not sponsored by NASW Ohio Chapter)

400 W. Wilson Bridge Rd., 

Worthington, OH 43085


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 Cincinnati - 2019 Dates 

TBA

Registration Deadline is 2 DAYS PRIOR TO WORKSHOP

Location - Cincinnati, OH

Homewood Suites by Hilton - Cincinnati Midtown in Oakley Station

4605 Factory Colony Lane Cincinnati, OH 45209


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Upcoming Locations - Pittsburgh, PA / Philadelphia, PA / 

Baltimore, MD / Nashville, TN


Dates: TBA

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Services Available - Phone 440.708.8028

Phone and Skype Appointments Available

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I provide Skype (tele-video) appointments. 

Office appointments

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In-office appointments.

Holistiic Consultative Services

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With nearly 30 years of experience in the holistic / integrative medicine field, David would be happy to assist you with any holistic consultations you may need.

Literally - Have Fun Experiencing New Perspectives

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Not just learn, but experience broader  perspectives of what David teaches on Mindfulness and many other topics. Expand your experience and Awareness of the Present Moment - and have fun doing it!!!

Transform Yourself and Your Private Practice

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What you will learn from David will have the potential to change you as an individual. 



Not Sure of Your Direction - Reach Out - This Content Will Change Your Life

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I am here to help transform you - as an individual. If you are a professional, I can help transform how you approach your practice with clients.

About Us

Training in Mindfulness - With Perspectives You May Have Never Seen Nor Experienced Before

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Learn mindfulness from someone who has been teaching mindfulness for nearly 30 years. Whether you want to experience in-person seminars or hold them at your location, we have you covered. We can work with you and your staff on-site to ensure the best learning environment for your team. 

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A Powerful Testimonial

  "I seriously thought of contacting the Licensing Social Work Board to tell them that your workshop was one of the best I have ever attended. You provided such concrete information that will be useful to our clients and taught us in an experiential way that greatly helped us to feel and understand how to make these strategies work. These strategies will also benefit our own personal growth work. In our profession, we should grow psychologically! To go to a workshop that is so warmly and intelligently presented was fabulous.”  LISW-S

David Fiala, MSSA, LISW-S, Biography

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  David J. Fiala has had a private practice for the past 27 years and his office is located in Aurora, Ohio.  He focuses on individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, or post-traumatic stress. In the process, he teaches clients mindfulness, compassion, self-forgiveness, and a multitude of other skills to ­significantly heighten their awareness of thoughts, emotions, and how to resolve issues that have long been stuck. He graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in religious studies, Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Social Sciences, and Barbara Brennan School of Healing. He has been described as a very passionate instructor about the subjects he teaches and brings this enthusiasm into his seminars and courses. 

Workshop Information - Locations - possible Menu Options

Workshop Summary - Three Locations Available: Cleveland/Columbus/Cincinnati

This program is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board for: Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists for 6 CE’s


This workshop ALSO has NASW National CE Approval. 


Workshop Summary


This unique workshop is for individuals who are already trained in mindfulness or for those who are new to it. Instruct your clients with unique practices and perspectives of mindfulness. Deepen and expand your current understanding of mindfulness and Present Moment Awareness with concepts and approaches not typically taught. Using these unique mindfulness-based approaches, instruct your clients on how to implement various life-changing exercises to address the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Interventions you can use immediately in your practice. Externally-based exercises include: breathing techniques, self-compassion, and positive self-talk, relaxation exercises, simple eye exercises, self-forgiveness, Heartfelt Invocations (similar to affirmations, but more effective) and a detailed outline/program for self-care suggestions.  For example: you will be able to identify specific negative mental and emotional habits (not typically taught) involving resistance that the client may be using to exacerbate their symptoms of stress, anxiety, or depression. Internally-based exercises include: how to release resistance in the body which exacerbates one’s stress, anxiety, and depression; as a therapist, learning to focus within Present Moment Awareness to enhancing your ability to be totally present to your client; using Focus as a tool, and enhancing one’s ability to be the Observer in challenging situations.

This program is designed to provide you with the necessary theory, practical demonstrations and experiential exercises to assist you in integrating the material for client instruction. Also, the workshop manual provides detailed descriptions for most of the content and exercises being taught, minimizing the need to take notes and maximize your learning time.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact David at mindyourego@gmail.com



Columbus, OH - MONDAY, November 18, 2019

These Workshops Fill Up Quickly Registration Deadline is 


2019 Dates

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019

You may register on or before Sat. November 16, 2019. 


LOCATION - Columbus

Officescape

NASW Ohio Chapter 

(This workshop is not sponsored by NASW Ohio Chapter)

400 W. Wilson Bridge Rd., 

Worthington, OH 43085


PLEASE NOTE THE UPDATED CHANGES IN THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

 

Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Morning/Afternoon beverages and snacks available


9:00 - Registration         

9:30 - Program begins

11:00 - 15 min. break

12:45 - Lunch

Lunch  (Lunch is on your own)   

1:45 - Program resumes

3:15 - 15 min. break

5:00 - Program ends

Cleveland - Beachwood, OH - SOLD OUT -Monday, Dec. 4, 2019 and ADDITIONAL DATE -Monday, Dec. 16, 201

These Workshops Fill Up Quickly

Registration Deadline is 3 DAYS PRIOR TO WORKSHOP 


Cleveland (Beachwood) - 2019 Dates

SOLD OUT - Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

EMAIL DAVID TO BE PLACE ON SHORT WAIT-LIST

ADDITIONAL DATE BELOW

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 


Registration Deadline is 3 DAYS PRIOR TO WORKSHOP


Location:

Homewood Suites by Hilton 

25725 Central Pkwy

Beachwood, OH 44122

(Near the intersection of I-271 and Chagrin Blvd.)


PLEASE NOTE THE UPDATED CHANGES IN THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE 

Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Morning/Afternoon beverages and snacks available

9:00 - Registration         

9:30 - Program begins

11:00 - 15 min. break

12:45 - Lunch

Lunch  (Lunch is on your own)   

1:45 - Program resumes

3:15 - 15 min. break

5:00 - Program ends


Cincinnati Workshop - TBA

WORKSHOP

Date  TBA

  • Location

Homewood Suites by Hilton - Cincinnati Midtown in Oakley Station

4605 Factory Colony Lane Cincinnati, OH 45209


PLEASE NOTE THE UPDATED CHANGES IN THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE 


Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm 


Morning/Afternoon beverages and snacks available

9:00 - Registration         

9:30 - Program begins

11:00 - 15 min. break

12:45 - Lunch

Lunch  (Lunch is on your own)   

1:45 - Program resumes

3:15 - 15 min. break

5:00 - Program ends




Cleveland - Beachwood, OH - SOLD OUT - Monday, Dec. 4, 2019 and ADDITIONAL DATE - Monday, Dec. 16,

These Workshops Fill Up Quickly

Registration Deadline is 3 DAYS PRIOR TO WORKSHOP 

 

Cleveland (Beachwood) - 2019 Dates

SOLD OUT - Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

EMAIL DAVID TO BE PLACE ON SHORT WAIT-LIST

ADDITIONAL DATE BELOW

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 


Location:

Homewood Suites by Hilton 

25725 Central Pkwy

Beachwood, OH 44122

(Near the intersection of I-271 and Chagrin Blvd.)


PLEASE NOTE THE UPDATED CHANGES IN THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE 


Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

 

Morning/Afternoon beverages and snacks available

9:00 - Registration         

9:30 - Program begins

11:00 - 15 min. break

12:45 - Lunch

Lunch  (Lunch is on your own)   

1:45 - Program resumes

3:15 - 15 min. break

5:00 - Program ends

State Board Workshop Attendance Policy - Refund and Transfer to Another Workshop Date Policy

NASW ATTENDANCE POLICY -    PLEASE NOTE: In order to maintain compliance with NASW Continuing Education Attendance Policy, as well as maintain our Provider status, we can only award CE’s for the amount of time the student attends and CE’s will be rounded down to the nearest whole or 1/2 hour for any early departures.


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

WORKSHOP  ATTENDANCE POLICY

If you come late more than 15 minutes, regardless of the reason, or you need to leave early more than 15 minutes, your certificate will be amended to reflect this.  


WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY


Please note that a total refund will be issued only if canceled on or before 10 days prior to the date of the workshop. No refund will be given less than 10 days prior to the workshop.  Contact mindyourego@gmail.com  to request your refund. 


TRANSFER YOUR WORKSHOP DATE POLICY


THERE IS NO GUARANTEE AT TRANSFERRING YOUR RESERVATION DATE. Transferring your reservation to another workshop date is strictly based upon availability and other unknown factors. A transfer fee applies. Please contact David if a transfer is needed.


Special Needs and FAQ

If you have special needs of any kind, please contact David directly at 440.708.8028. 


Any questions or concerns in general, please contact David at - mindyourego@gmail.com 

Testimonials

More Powerful Testimonials

The following quotes illustrate some of the uniqueness and power of the content of this program:

“David, your workshop was so very powerful. The tools you taught us will have far reaching benefits as we pass them along to our clients as well as benefit ourselves. “


“This workshop provided more experiential exercises than any other that I have attended over the past 40 years. David Fiala presented in a committed, caring & humorous manner. He not only demonstrated a deep, sincere understanding of the material, but also clearly explained skills in such a way that one could easily apply them to their professional life or professional practice. I left the workshop rejuvenated and a stronger belief & confidence in the benefits of Mindfulness as well as letting go. I strongly recommend it!”  

From Sue Livingston, LISW-S


“After a three day workshop with Deepak Chopra on meditation and other theories, your explanation made (mindfulness) meditation seem applicable to my life which up until now has not been the case.  Very happy indeed.” Another LISW 


“It was a very meaningful work shop.  I really don’t want to use the word work because it wasn’t like work!!  More of an experience.” Another LISW


From a counselor

“I've been doing my breathing throughout the day.  Very helpful. Can’t wait for part 2.” 

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Brief Articles

"Out of the Box" Perspectives

 Distinguishing Between Externally Based Fear Versus Internally Based Fear  

    A very important emotion all of us must learn to deal with is fear. No one can escape fear. To help you deal with it -- like everything else I am presenting -- I want to provide with a broader and more in depth understanding. Fear, in general, is an emotion that, without adequate understanding, can overtake you as much as anyone else.

    First, let’s look at the definition of fear. Definition: “A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger.” 

    When you experience fear, when you feel some sort of imminent danger, you do various things to maintain a feeling of safety, protection and control. You want to feel safe and protected at all times. To feel safe and protected at all times, you have to have a level of control. Please Note: You feel safe and protected only to the extent that you have control. Feeling this way and maintaining this type of behavior is a very healthy approach to life. This is more than acceptable under everyday life circumstances.

    However, it all depends upon the type of fear we’re referring to and what the circumstances are. You’re probably asking, “What do you mean by ‘type’ of fear?” I want to make a critical and important distinction about fear. Part of that distinction is that there are two types of fear that you’re dealing with. 

    These two types of fear are internally-based fear and externally-based fear. What is “externally-based fear”? “Externally-based fear” originates as a result of being fearful of something that is present in your immediate surroundings outside of you. For example: You’re in the wrong part of town, it’s very late at night, and there is a realistic possibility that there may be a threat to your safety by someone or something in the immediate surrounding area. As a result, you may think, “I’m scared”, or, “I’m anxious”. This type of fear is valid. It helps you to protect yourself from danger and keep you safe. In this case the possibility of perceived harm, or the imminent danger, originates from something outside of you, i.e., from you being in the wrong part of town at the wrong time. 

    What is “internally-based fear?” “Internally-based fear” originates as a result of being fearful of something that is present inside of you. For example: You’re at home reflecting on a past incident or life experience that you find upsetting. Then in the midst of this reflection you start to feel sad, anxious, scared, afraid, or fearful. Here you are -- in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and you’re experiencing fear or anxiety. How could that be? Remember, you’re at home. There is no danger currently present outside of you in your immediate environment. In your home setting, you would expect to feel in control, as well as safe and protected. Based on your external environment, there is no basis for the fear or discomfort. However, this is not that type of fear. This is not externally-based fear. This is internally-based fear because the fear is originating from within you in response to something that you’re reflecting on in the privacy and safety of your own home. 

    Another example of internally-based fear is waking up in the morning and simply feeling anxious or fearful. Your home is safe. There are no threats in your immediate surroundings. What could possibly be evoking fear or anxiety for you when there is no form of threat currently present in your environment? This type of fear or anxiety has to do with something very different from what you often think of as externally-based fear. So where is this fear coming from? 


Also - "Where" is the Present Moment?

The “moment” I say something, that moment is already gone. It’s faster than a nanosecond. Notice that when you’re thinking, your mind will tend to have thoughts about the past, i.e. something that may have even occurred just seconds ago or an event that happened seconds, minutes, hours, days, months or years ago. These thoughts, be it seconds ago or years ago, are considered thoughts of the past. On the other hand, your mind may focus on something in the future that’s seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, or years away. All of this, no matter what the timeline, is still in the future.   

Living in the Present Moment

You may already be doing your best to be present to what you’re doing this moment. That’s a very good first step. However, there’s more to it than being present in a given task. Even when you’re engaging in a task, notice that the task is constantly changing. The moments you’re attempting to be present to are also disappearing right before your very eyes. Because the task itself is constantly changing, the task, per se, is unable to exist in the Present Moment. It appears that everything is in constant flux. Everything outside of you is always in flux; it’s always changing. Everything within the physical world, including your own body, is always going through some sort of transition, and with it, some form of change. Nothing “out there” is able to stay in the Present Moment. So what is the Present Moment? 

Register for the workshop and find out.

Open Up the Mind to New and Creative Perspectives
Open Up the Mind to New and Creative Perspectives

More Brief articles

Patterns of an Untrained Mind?

 Familiar Thought Patterns of an Untrained Mind - Part One
    Let’s talk about the topic of Familiar Thought Patterns of an Untrained Mind. In an earlier presentation, I introduced the first familiar thought pattern -- Trying to Figure it All Out.     This was followed by Three Negative Thought Patterns:

  • Worrying or ruminating (also known as fear). 
  • Being hard on yourself. 
  • Feeling that whatever you do is not good enough. 
    At this time I’m going to introduce several additional thought patterns to you. Upon the first impression, these thought patterns might be considered benign thoughts, or thoughts that on the surface seem to be just an “ordinary” way of thinking. In actuality, some of these patterns serve to keep the mind unnecessarily occupied, while others can unknowingly lead you into other various forms of negative thinking.  By being able to identify these various forms of habitual thought patterns, you can recognize these thoughts for what they are – habitual thoughts that serve very little purpose. They only serve to keep your mind going and going and going. They also reflect a mind that has minimal discipline and contributes to your experience of being mentally exhausted, or “stressed”. You’re already filling your entire day with thoughts… aren't you exhausted by it?      Life is not about how many thoughts you can think in a day. Hopefully, that’s not your goal. Life is all about lovingly keeping the mind in check and enjoying the breath that enables you to feel relaxed and happy. Your breath is the only one you have – enjoy it.
The First Familiar Thought Pattern is The Debate – it consists of:  

- “This is a good idea" versus "This is not a good idea," regarding any number of issues that you are reflecting on throughout the day. 

- A ping pong match that never ends -- your mind goes back and forth continuously. Possible solutions to the debate lie not in trying to win the debate, but in letting the debate go; or, depending upon the nature of the debate, the solution may be to simply realize that either choice you make is correct. This ends the debate.

The Second Familiar Thought Pattern is: The Dialogue – it consists of:  

- The simple habit of talking to yourself. 

- The conversation you have that is going on inside with an imaginary person (or with yourself). 

- The long-entrenched habit you allow the mind to engage in throughout your life. 

What is the purpose? I don’t know. It’s just a habit. What I do know is that the habit has unknowingly helped you disconnect from your Heart because the focus is on your thoughts, not on your Heart.The Possible solution to this is to journal the “discussion”  you have with yourself when you have the time. In the meantime, let the dialogue go.

The Third Familiar Thought Pattern is: The Monologue – it consists of:  

- The stream of thoughts that      seem to just continually flow from your mind. 

- The “shopping” list, or your “to do” list.

- Simply talking to yourself about who knows what. 

A Possible solution to this is to simply “write it down” instead of trying to keep it all in your head. Like all the other patterns, the best solution is to let the monologue go.

The Fourth Familiar Thought Pattern is: Comparing – it consists of:  

- Comparing yourself to others      in a way that puts you down and them up (the inferiority approach), or comparing yourself to others in a way that puts you up and them down (the superiority approach).  Don’t confuse comparing with simply “evaluating” something for its possible benefits.Comparing is about elevating one person or thing while putting down the “other” -- whatever the “other” is. Ultimately, comparing enables you to judge someone or something. This kind of comparing serves no purpose. The only solution to this is to let it go when it surfaces.

The Fifth Familiar Thought Pattern is: Habitual Thinking – it consists of:  

- Anything or anyone – it’s your mind’s favorite place to go when it’s bored. 

- A series of various thought which patterns of all sorts of thoughts that you continually perpetuate. 

These thoughts serve no real purpose, except to keep the mind at the races. They are sometimes found in individuals who do not pay attention to their thought content or simply aren’t lovingly disciplining their mind. The best solution to this is to enjoy your breath.   


Now I’ll summarize all of the familiar thoughts patterns which the mind engages, including the four previous ones that I introduced earlier:

  1. Trying to figure it all out 
  2. Worrying,  also known as fear 
  3. Being hard on yourself 
  4. Feeling that whatever you do -- it’s not enough or good enough 
  5. Debate 
  6. Dialogue 
  7. Monologue 
  8. Comparing 
  9. Habitual Thinking 


All of these examples I’ve just given you highlight the importance of monitoring your thoughts or avoid giving too much importance to the inner voice in your head.


 Choose to replace your constant thinking with consciously breathing!!! 

The MInd is Like a Parachute - It Works Best When It's Open
The MInd is Like a Parachute - It Works Best When It's Open

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