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Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: Sometimes Quiet is the Best Response


Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: Sometimes Quiet is the Best Response

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This conversation is part of the "Expanding The Frame" series of talks sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at CIIS.

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San Francisco, California


Mindfulness; Psychotherapy; Buddhist Psychology


Clinical Psychology | Counseling Psychology


Presenter: Steven Tierney, EdD, LPCC is Professor of Community Mental Health and Chair of the Masters in Counseling Psychology Core Curriculum at CIIS. He holds an MA in Counseling and Social Psychology from Wayne State University and an EdD from Northeastern University. He is a licensed psychotherapist in California (LPCC) and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC).

Steven has a postgraduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from Boston University. He is a certified addiction specialist (CAS) who has worked in community-based organizations in Boston and San Francisco for four decades; creating and providing innovative mental health and SUD (substance use disorders) prevention and treatment models for adolescents, transition-aged youth and adults.

Steven's areas of interest include Buddhist psychology and mindfulness-based therapies for addiction, recovery and resiliency services. In addition, he has written about and worked at the crossroads of access to mental health for underserved populations and new community therapeutic models. He was the principal investigator on several Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS), examining models of adolescent HIV, mental health, and substance abuse assessment and treatment. Dr. Tierney has served on the Health Commissions of both Boston and San Francisco where he was the President in 2011.

Steven is an ordained Buddhist priest and is the co-founder and chief education officer of the San Francisco Mindfulness Foundation. The SF Mindfulness Foundation provides mindfulness-based relapse prevention and addiction services provider training. Dr. Tierney lectures and leads workshops and retreat nationally and has taught at a number of universities including current assignments at the University of San Francisco, JFK University and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: Sometimes Quiet is the Best Response