June 13, 2020


Trauma Informed Yoga for Mental Health


Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC, NCC, CCTP, BC-TMH

For more information about Dr. Brewer, click here.

Angela Minard, E-RYT began her yoga journey in 2008 and studied with Emily Darling at Darling Yoga in Overland Park, Kansas. Angela is a 200 Hr. E-RYT, and primarily teaches yoga in the mental health community, focusing on trauma and eating disorders. Angela is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructor, and has been trained by David Emerson and Hala Khouri. She is an Eat Breathe Thrive Facilitator, and leads workshops on healing body image through yoga, and worked for 2 years at Two Rivers Behavioral Health leading Trauma Sensitive Yoga groups. Angela weaves somatic movement and physical exploration in a safe and healing environment, and also teaches public classes at Darling Yoga.

Registration Fee:

Fee $109.00


Saint Luke's Hospital (Plaza)

4401 Wornall Rd

Kansas City, MO 64111

Training Description:

Researchers suggest that yoga, as an adjunct to psychotherapies and/or medication, is effective for symptom improvement with many mental health diagnoses.  Yoga is a breathing, meditation, and mindfulness practice that improves emotional awareness, regulation, and tolerance including relieving stress and creating a sense of well-being and calm.  Yoga practice helps clients with patience, body awareness, reduces muscles tension, and learning a relaxation response.  Clients can experience improved and perceived control over their bodies, emotions, and thoughts through developed functioning, attention, and concentration allowing them to better tolerate physical and sensory experiences.  When taught and practiced with a trauma informed approach, yoga can benefit clients with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, sleep problems and more.  The aim of this workshop is for participants to gain an understanding of these benefits of yoga and to learn various trauma informed yoga chair forms to practice for self-care, use in session with clients, and to teach clients to use on their own.


Learning Objectives:

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to...

1. Identify common mental health diagnoses effectively treated with yoga, as supported by research

2. Demonstrate use of at least two yoga chair postures appropriate for use with mental health clients

3. Demonstrate use of at least one breathing exercise appropriate for use with mental health clients

4. Discuss and describe two trauma-informed adaptations to yoga postures


Learning Level:

Basic – no previous experience necessary.  Yoga mats not required as all practice will be chair-based yoga.


Target Audience:

This training is designed for professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses, yoga teachers, and other health care professionals.


Continuing Education:

To obtain the 4 CE hours associated with this course, the participant will need to sign in at the start of the program, attend the full course, and complete the program evaluation form.  At the end of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion. 

The content of this event may meet requirements for most national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Be sure to print the event description and submit with your certificate of attendance to your professional board for consideration.  For rules governing continuing education, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board does not require pre-approval of CE programs and does not even offer an approval process for most professions.  They will consider CE programs that cover content specific to each profession's practice, skills, ethics, and knowledge.  Additional information is provided on their website under each profession, typically in the FAQ sections.

Missouri Division of Professional Registration does not require continuing education providers or programs to be approved prior to the event.  They will accept continuing education that is relevant to each profession (i.e. for professional counselors content must be primarily related to counseling, for psychologists content must be mostly psychological, and so on).  Additional information is provided on their website.  

This CE event has been approved by Missouri for pre-approval for continuing education for social workers. 


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