Meditation & Mindfulness During the Pandemic:

Relaxation Techniques to Help Clients (and you) Thrive During a Challenging Time

Have you noticed that during the COVID-19 pandemic your clients seem to be experiencing an increased loss of control, stress, and fear of the unknown?

Anxiety, trauma, grief and depression are on the rise. A pandemic does not discriminate. As healing professionals we may be finding ourselves with similar overwhelming emotions, unsure of how to help ourselves while navigating this season with our clients. Now more than ever, with so many unknowns, it is imperative that we practice and model the art of being fully present. One moment at a time. 

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with awareness and compassion. Thereby, we learn to live fully in our current experiences instead of resisting them. It is the practice of engaging the moment with curiosity, a sense of compassion, and a centeredness. The benefits of a mindfulness practice are researched and vast ranging from improved physical health, emotion regulation, relational satisfaction, focus, and stress reduction.  

Attendees will learn the basics of mindfulness and mediation. They will learn strategies for proactive and real-time mindfulness techniques that decrease stress and anxiety. Attendees will gain the tools to add a sense of peace to their client’s daily routines as well as their own. In a time when a pandemic presents challenges to our sense of security, coupled with the stress of the unknown, mindfulness is a hope-filled way through.


Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Online, Live, Real-Time, Interactive Course – Receive Category I Social Work Credits (Same as in-person!)

Cost: $45 early registration through  July 25, 2020

   $53 after July 25, 2020

  $35 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Adele Martelle, LCSW-C

CEU Credits: 2 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs – See below for more details.


Adele Martelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. She has a Master’s in Social Work, with a specialization in mental health treatment, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Southern Maine. Adele has extensive history working with unique populations to include trauma survivors, the incarcerated, and couples seeking reconciliation. She is a public speaker and writer on topics such as trauma, attachment, intimacy, and mindfulness. Adele seeks to be creative in her practice and speaking engagements by sharing practical examples and tangible skills to utilize. She attempts to meet other’s where they are and journey with them as they recognize their own potential. Adele strongly believes an important part of her job is to help people heal and empower them to have a healthy relationships with others, themselves, and the Divine. Adele and her family are activists for marginalized groups and volunteer with a local non-profit organization. In 2017 she and her husband founded Second Mile Marriage an event based organization that utilizes multi media experiences to help couples go beyond common communication skills and develop radical intimacy.


CEU Credit Info

Our CEU credits are accepted for: 

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
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Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


1) Describe the core components of a mindfulness practice and foundations of meditation

2) Explain how awareness and acceptance strategies increase mood and emotion regulation

3) Discuss the role of breath in connecting the mind and body for stress reduction

4) Apply tools for increasing compassion towards self and others

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