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Mindfulness for Couples

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What is Mindfulness?

The purpose of this course is to help individuals and couples learn and practice mindfulness.

PART 1: WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

  1. Applications of mindfulness practice for couples will be reviewed.
  2. Examples of how to use mindfulness practice will be demonstrated
  3. The structure will be provided for couples to apply the practice to their relationship.

PART 2: PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY, LISTEN TO YOUR STORIES

  1. Couples will increase awareness of stories from the past that cause emotional reactivity.
  2. The method of body scans will be demonstrated and explained.
  3. Couples will increase awareness of family stories that they pass to their children.

PART 3: COMMUNICATING WITH MINDFULNESS

  1. Mindfulness practice to help calm the mind and body will be demonstrated.
  2. Mindfulness practice application for reducing emotional reactivity will be shown.
  3. Couple skills to learn to let go of rumination on past and future will be demonstrated.

PART 4: KEEPING THE FIRES BURNING: MINDFUL SEX

  1. Ways that mindfulness practice can enhance sexual connection will be discussed.
  2. Mindfulness practices to get couples out of their head and into their senses will be demonstrated.
  3. Applications of mindfulness in sexual experiences will be discussed by the couple.

PART 5: USING MINDFULNESS WITH CHILDREN

  1. Literature will be reviewed regarding the efficacy of mindfulness to help children with focus, concentration, and self-soothing.
  2. The value of the family practice of mindfulness will be explored
  3. Mindfulness practices to use with children will be explored.

COURSE STRUCTURE

  • Each segment will have a video lesson teaching mindfulness concepts.
  • Several segments will have an additional video demonstrating mindfulness practices.
  • Several readings from Change your Story, Change Your Brain for Better Relationships by Dr. Linda Miles will be included. (In press with Xlibris)
  • Additional resources and readings will be included.


Your Instructor


Dr. Linda Miles
Dr. Linda Miles

“As you live with better intention, you can literally change the structure of your brain - and your life.”

Dr. Linda Miles is a leading expert on relationships and mindfulness. She is a psychotherapist, author, relationship expert and captivating speaker. She has studied and worked in her field of counseling psychology for over 35 years and focuses on mindfulness, stress reduction, mental health and relationships. Dr. Miles is personable and accessible in her books and articles and loves to teach about how mindfulness and loving kindness can positively change your brain, your chemistry and your life. Her first book, written with her husband, Robert Miles, M.D., won a literary prize as a finalist for Forward Non-fiction book of the year. She has published several books on relationships and mindfulness as well as articles in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Reuters and Miami Herald. She has been a guest expert on numerous national TV shows including CNN, Fox News, ABC, and NBC. Her most recent book is Change Your Story, Change Your Brain.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I have to take this course with my partner?
No! While the courses are built to be most effective by taking the course as a couple, it's not required. Our model is based on direct, face-to-face communication, and we often see that couples who share an equal commitment to engaging the process get the most from our courses. However, we believe that when even one person in a relationship commits to developing skills and strategies to strengthen the connection with their partner, it can pay huge relational dividends.
Should I use this course instead of going to traditional relationship therapy or marriage counseling?
This course is not a replacement for couples counseling or therapy. It is designed to be used as a complement alongside traditional therapy, or by couples who are seeking to proactively develop the skills and strategies to make their good relationships great.
Why should I choose this online course instead of a face-to-face program?
We're here for you 24/7, whether you're at home or on the go. With online courses you have the freedom to proceed at your own pace, and you can go back and review previous content at any time. The course has been created in a logical sequence but crafted to be accessible in any order - start at the beginning or dive right in to the section that interests you the most!

Course Curriculum


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