Joseph Litven, Ph.D., is a psychologist, trainer, and coach, working in the treatment of addiction. In this restorative two day workshop for mental health and addictions professionals, Dr. Litven will share a present view and practice of mindfulness for addictions clients and staff. Together we will explore habitual thinking, patterns, and addictions, with a trauma-informed and harm reduction approach, through mindfulness, discussions, and body-mind practices, such as Qi gong. While this information has professional applications, we will start with oneself, so this workshop will also serve to promote wellness for caregivers. Everyone has experienced being stuck on thoughts, behaviours, substances or, increasingly, devices; addictions are part of everyday life in our culture and can deprive us of vitality and our appreciation of life. As workshop participants recognize their own experience with mindful awareness, cultivate kindness towards self and experience, and call on their courage to work with their own discomfort, they will be better able to present mindfulness authentically when working with people. Dr. Litven’s approach for this workshop is informed by the frameworks of Bowen, Chawla and Marlatt (Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention of Addictive Behaviours), Mate (In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts), and Kabat-Zinn (Coming to our Senses).
In addition to being a psychologist, trainer, and coach, working in the treatment of addiction, Dr. Litven is also a long-time practitioner of meditation. Dr Joseph Litven received his PhD from Stanford University in 1973. Since then he has been a practicing psychologist and organizational consultant, specializing in mindfulness based executive coaching and strategic interventions in the health care system. He has also helped to develop and lead a 4-week curriculum for addictions services clients and staff based on the view and practice of mindfulness. Joe has been a practitioner of meditation for over 30 years and for most of that period has taught meditation programs throughout the world and has taught at Stanford, Brandeis, Acadia, St. Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities. He has also been a radio DJ and currently is enjoying his family and bicycling in the countryside of Nova Scotia.
*Discounted room rates are available at the Super 8 for those attending the workshop. Just ask for the “KACL Conference” rate.