Using Yoga to Work with Mental Health


8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (15 CEUS)

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Using Yoga to Work with Mental Health


8:30 am - 5:00 pm (15 CEUS)


Instructor/ CEU Provider: Ghada Osman, LMFT # 83472, Provider # 95007

Board-Recognized Approval Agency – California Association of Marriage & Family Therapy

545 2nd Street, Suite #2, Encinitas, CA 92024.

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Did you know that of the 36.7 million Americans practicing yoga in 2016, 53% did so for stress relief and 35% for mental health benefits?* Americans are seeking complementary ways of dealing with emotional challenges, and often health practitioners are the ones referring them to yoga. You may have even suggested it to a client yourself.

But did you also know that a one-size-fits-all yoga class may not necessarily be the panacea for your client? What is practiced in a general class may not fit their needs, or worse still, may exacerbate symptoms. Far safer and more effective is a tailor-made individual approach, either guided by a yoga professional specifically trained in therapeutic yoga, or by you, their psychotherapist who knows them well and can integrate yoga with other aspects of their healing.

This training is for mental-health professionals who wish to incorporate yoga-based techniques into their work. Whether you choose to incorporate a couple of aspects of yoga into your therapy practice or you decide to use it more extensively, the training will provide you with a lens via which to look at mental and emotional health that is unique and deeply enriching. We’ll study the science behind yoga’s effect on mental health, and how yoga protocols can promote well-being across a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, and addiction. Participants will leave the workshop with a wealth of knowledge, a variety of practical tools, and the confidence to use them.

No prior yoga experience necessary.

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

-          Summarize the key results of current research on yoga for mental health issues.

-          Identify the key aspects of yoga that can be used to address mental health issues.

-          Explain the basic reasons that yoga has an effect on mental health.

-          Assess a client’s readiness for different levels of yoga therapy.

-          Design and implement yoga practices to work with clients experiencing: mood disorders (Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Cyclothymia, and Bipolar Disorders), anxiety disorders (Panic Disorder, OCD, GAD, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia), trauma and PTSD, and addictions.



Ghada Osman, PhD, LMFT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a licensed psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and yoga therapist who has worked with a wide range of populations, from college students to hospice patients. In her private practice, her specialties include helping clients work with anxiety and depressive disorders, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and chronic/ serious physical illness. She uses yoga – as well as EMDR therapy and art therapy – extensively in her practice. A yoga teacher now for 17 years, Ghada has been certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy. Consistently described as an “exceptional” instructor, Ghada worked as a full-time professor for 14 years. She holds a doctorate degree from Harvard University and a Master’s in psychology from Chapman University. Her book Yoga and Mental Health: A Comprehensive Guide will be published in 2018 by Routledge, the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Registration Information

Cost: $325 Super Early Bird (by September 30th), $350 Early Bird (October 1st- 31st), $375 Standard (November 1st -20th). Sign up with two colleagues and save $40 each – all three registrations must arrive on the same day and give in the “comments” sections the names of the other two registrants, otherwise they will be canceled. Registration will close on November 20th or when capacity is reached. Seating is limited, and no on-site registration will be allowed.



The workshop will take place in beautiful Encinitas, CA, a beach town approximately 20 miles north of downtown San Diego. Encinitas is home to Moonlight Beach, the San Diego Botanic Garden, the Self-Realization Fellowship temple, hermitage, and gardens (routinely open to the public), the historic La Paloma Theater, and one of California's classic downtown areas along historic Coast Highway 101. There is a variety of hotels and restaurants nearby.

Daily Schedule

8– 8:30 am: registration

8:30-12:30: training

12:30-1:30: lunch on your own

1:30-5:00: training

This course meets the qualification for 15 hours of continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Interns from these fields may participate with a letter from their supervisor. If you are a yoga therapist, please contact instructor before registering.

Course credit will be awarded only for actual instructional time. No non-credit time is included in this course other than a one-hour lunch break. Certificate of completion will be given at the end of the course with participants signing the sign-in/ sign-out sheet and turning in a complete evaluation.

Requests for Accommodation: The program administrator will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate any participant’s needs and comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To make a request, please email or call 619-964-6998. Requests will be required one month in advance of a workshop so that administrator can make the requisite arrangements, or if unable to do so can inform the participant in a timely manner.

 Cancellation/ Refund Policy: Cancellations received by November 13th will result in a full refund of the course fee minus a $25 administrative fee.  Cancellations received between November 13th and18th will receive a 75% refund minus a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received between November 19th and 5 pm on November 30th will receive a 50% refund minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after 5 pm on November 30th. Notification to cancel should be made by email to

Grievances: Any participant complaint or grievance will be addressed as soon as possible, within one month. The program administrator will respond to any concern in writing, and if appropriate, identify steps to remedy concerns.

* study by Yoga Alliance, Yoga Journal, and the Ipsos Public Affairs 


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