Behavioral Health Trainings


Upcoming Trainings: 


Subtle Yoga for Chronic Pain: A One-Day Introduction

April 27 at SEAHEC, Wilmington, NC



Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind.

Chronic pain poses a significant public health problem which is complex, difficult to treat and, according to some estimates, costs the U.S. more than $600 billion a year. Because of the risk of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion in the treatment of chronic pain, a broad and integrated approach is essential. Chronic pain is best understood as a psychophysiological behavior pattern that eschews separation into distinct, independent psychosocial and physical components. An approach to chronic pain that incorporates evidence based somatic/cognitive interventions, such as yoga, can help clients reduce stress, control pain, and use less medication.

Research has demonstrated that chronic pain alters brain structure decreasing gray matter volume and reducing the integrity of white matter connectivity. According to Catherine Bushnell, scientific director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain as does chronic pain." 

In this one day workshop, participants will learn Subtle® Yoga techniques which can help reduce chronic pain and foster neuroplasticity including chair yoga practices, meditation, breathing practices, grounding, and self-massage. Opportunity to practice yoga during the workshop will help participants learn to guide basic yoga techniques which can improve client outcomes.


  1. Describe the scope and depth of yoga practice from a public health perspective and how research findings may be applied to clinical practice in a mental health setting to improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Explain basic neuroscience research findings as applied to mental health and recovery.
  3. Facilitate several basic yoga techniques that may be used in clinical interventions with clients to reduce perception of pain.

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Introduction to Subtle Yoga for Mental Health: A One-Day Introduction

April 28 at Expo216 in Wilmington, NC 


(no MH CEUs)


Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind.

A growing body of research has demonstrated the positive emotional effects of yoga practice. Yoga practice has proven effective in improving mood, decreasing depression, reducing anxiety, improving sleep, and reducing the symptoms of trauma.

Participation in this one day introduction will increase understanding on how yoga develops greater self-awareness, emotional flexibility, resiliency, and the capacity for self-soothing. Participants will learn accessible, adaptable yoga practices which can be practiced by clients of any physical ability, to help reduce anxiety and depression.


  1. Describe the essential aspects of Subtle® Yoga and how it relates to mental health.
  2. Guide several simple and accessible yoga practices that can benefit mental health.
  3. Explain how Subtle® Yoga can help meet the demand for a whole health, cost effective, integrated approach to behavioral health.
  4. Understand how to refer clients to appropriate yoga classes.

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Subtle® Yoga for Behavioral Health Intensive: Trauma, Addiction and Recovery

May 18 - May 20 at MAHEC, in Asheville, NC

(5/18 10:00-5:30, 5/19 8:30 – 5:30, 5/20 8:30-5:15)

Yoga is currently being incorporated in the Veterans Administration’s treatment protocols for PTSD and complex trauma. It is also being employed as an adjunctive therapy in addiction treatment and recovery centers around the country. In this 3 day training, participants will explore the intersection of Subtle® Yoga and addiction and trauma recovery and learn Subtle® Yoga techniques to encourage resiliency, self-regulation, self-soothing and healing the nervous system and brain. Participants will also learn the principles of trauma informed yoga and how to integrate Subtle® Yoga in individual and group sessions to help clients learn to take effective action, to tolerate and shift unwanted feelings in the body, and to experience the body as a friend and ally in the healing process.

The application of yoga techniques to assist in managing chronic pain and the role of spirituality in healing will also be explored. Participants will be introduced to a yoga-informed biopsychosocial- spiritual model that addresses treatment as well as recovery, prevention and health promotion. Review of ethical standards for behavioral health providers and yoga practitioners will help to identify alignment and areas where further exploration is needed.

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Subtle Yoga for Positive Mental Health: Brief Interventions: A One-Day Introduction

June 1 at the Greenville AHEC (SC)



Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind.

Health care is often delivered in a fast-paced, volume based context; however, mind-body practices can be adapted to meet the needs of a variety of settings. A growing body of research demonstrates the efficacy of yoga for mental health including many positive neurobiologic benefits.

In this one day workshop, participants will learn how to guide clients through several safe, effective, yoga-based interventions which can provide clients and staff with tools for self-regulation, grounding, and empowerment. With minimal training or physical capacity, most people can learn to utilize some of these low-risk, empowering skills. Health care professionals can begin to experience the powerful benefits and share these practices safely with their clients.


  1. Demonstrate at least 3 brief Subtle Yoga interventions which may be used to support client self-regulation.
  2. Describe several postures, breathing and meditation practices which may be integrated into individual and group interventions to help mitigate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  3. Differentiate between “top down” and “bottom up” neurobiological rationale for the effectiveness of Subtle Yoga interventions with clients to improve mental health and sustain recovery.


Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training Certification for Behavioral Health Professionals: Teaching Yoga to Individuals and Groups

Four, 4 day modules beginning September 14, 2017 (103 hours CEUs with 4 hours of ethics)

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Yoga for Behavioral Health Professionals, Fundamentals of Yoga in Clinical Practice, Module One- Ethics and Application and Module Two- Addiction Prevention and Recovery.

Completion of this training and the pre-requisites will qualify participants to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 hour level).

Sept. 14-17, 2017
Oct. 12-15, 2017
Nov. 9-12, 2017
Dec. 7-10, 2017


Thursday 10:30-5:30
Friday 8:30-5:30
Saturday 8:30-5:30
Sunday 8:30-3:30


"From a yogic perspective, there is a connection between your posture and your mood...with sustained practice you can shift your emotional baseline toward greater levels of happiness.” – Dr. Timothy McCall, Yoga as Medicine

This final module will focus on yoga breathing, postures, meditation and on teaching methodology and pedagogy. Participants will learn the basics of alignment, anatomy, physiology, and subtle anatomy including chakras that support integrating yoga in behavioral health settings. Several class outlines to teach to people with various physical abilities and behavioral health issues will be provided and practiced. There will be further reference to yoga paradigms which can inform teachers about self- awareness, learning and communication styles, and other pedagogical considerations.

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I now know that yoga truly is for everyone and that there is scientific research to back it up. I feel prepared to teach yoga because I have the tools and confidence that you gave me!


Excellent training, teachers are exceptional.

Cheryl Harrison Goldsboro, NC

I loved this workshop! I will definitely incorporate these practices into my life and my patients’ treatment, thank you!


This perspective shift is so important that I don’t believe it can be ignored. All mental health providers should be required to study the mind/body connection and ways to work within this perspective to promote healing that lasts


Before this, I didn’t know much about yoga at all. Now I believe this was the best introduction to yoga for me. Now I have a better understanding of incorporating poses as well.

Jennie Locklear