Clinical Dharma

A Four Week Series with Dr. Stephen Dansiger

Four Tuesdays Starting October 4, 2016

7pm – 9pm 

Santa Monica 


Clinical Dharma is a series of 12 classes designed by Dr. Stephen Dansiger to help helpers to infuse their self care, and their care of others, with the 4 Noble Truths and the 8 Fold Path of the Buddha.  Also featured as part of Clinical Dharma is the opportunity to go on short retreats with Dr. Steve and guest teachers, where the focus will be on how our work practice is fed by our practice of Buddhist mindfulness.  For the month of October, Dr. Steve will condense the 12 classes into a 4 class series on Tuesday nights in Santa Monica. The classes will cover: The 4 Noble Truths, The Wisdom Factors, The Ethical Factors and the Mindfulness Factors. These classes coincide with the release of his book Clinical Dharma on October 4.

Often in the recovery community and in other healing communities one is instructed to “put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping others in the cabin.” Clinical Dharma workshops and retreats are designed to assist those in the helping professions to take care of others while also taking care of themselves. Through retreat practice pointed at the issues and concerns of professional helpers, as well as workshops and classes that help helpers understand the usefulness and power of Buddha’s 4 Noble Truths and the 8 Fold Path, participants grow in understanding about the importance of self-care; get real life skills related to that self care; grow in understanding of the teachings of the Buddha and how they relate to providing care for others; and become able to translate their retreat experiences and workshop lessons into an improved ability to facilitate healing, and develop a practice and way of life that feeds and informs their own personal path.

This 4 class series is geared to professional healers of all kinds, while they will also apply to those who are helping and healing others without it being their vocation.

Free CEUs provided for MFTs, Social Workers, Psychologists and LPCCs. For those in other professions such as Addictions Counseling or Nursing, these are APA CEUs which are generally accepted by most boards. Check with your individual board to confirm.  Up to 11 hours of CEs available if you take the whole class series and the retreat.


 –Identify basic mindfulness practices, including mindfulness of breath, loving kindness meditation, and walking meditation.

 –Describe basic tenets of Buddhist Psychology, in particular the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path.

 –Utilize mindfulness meditation skills, basic tenets of Buddhist psychology and other Buddhist concepts and skill sets in order to increase their own self care, so that they may become better practitioners in their field.

 –Describe  basic mindfulness skills in order that they may share basic mindfulness meditation instructions with their clients.

 Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved continuing education sponsor by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The BBS of California accepts APA CEUs for MFTs, Social Workers, and LPCCs.  Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 All facilities used by the Institute for Creative Mindfulness are in compliance with ADA standards. Please send us an email at [email protected] if you have any concerns about access prior to the classes.

Free CEUs available for therapists and others. See website for information 

Class dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25

Cost: $20 per evening or $70 if paid in advance. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher at each class (teachers receive a portion of the reg fee and are supported by dana). Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and those who have less. Some scholarships and work-study are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT has been a practicing Buddhist since 1989.  Steve practiced in the Zen tradition for most of that time, including numerous retreats and a one-year residency at a Zen Buddhist monastery. He has taught mindfulness for over 20 years in a variety of settings, including meditation centers, schools, businesses, government agencies and treatment centers. He now teaches classes regularly at Against the Stream Meditation Society in Los Angeles, and also leads short retreats and workshops locally and nationally. In addition, Steve has served as Clinical Director of Refuge Recovery Centers, the premiere Buddhist addictions treatment center that he helped to establish along with Noah Levine.   More about Steve can be found at

This class will be held at 1001a Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. Click on the address for info on parking around the Santa Monica Center.