A Brief Evidence-Based Mindfulness Program for Disruptive Behavior: The Soles of the Feet Intervention with Dr. Joshua Felver, PhD ABPP

Dr. Joshua Felver

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Dr. Joshua Felver, PhD ABPP, for a live webinar on the ‘Soles of the Feet’ mindfulness-based program for teaching self-regulation! This event will be presented in two parts, and will include a digital copy of Dr. Felver’s book, Mindfulness in the Classroom.

About the Presenter

Joshua C. Felver, PhD ABPP, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Syracuse University where he is the director of the Mind Body Laboratory (https://mindbodylab.syr.edu/) and Director of Clinical Training for the School Psychology doctoral graduate program. He took his master’s in special education and doctorate in school psychology from the University of Oregon, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School and postdoctoral fellowship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a licensed psychologist and a certified specialist in school psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. His research interests involve developing, implementing, and exploring biomechanisms of mindfulness-based programs in school and community settings to address health disparities in diverse and at-risk populations. He has authored more than 25 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is the co-author of Mindfulness in the Classroom (Felver & Singh, 2020) which describes the Soles of the Feet protocol.


Part 1 of 2

Mindfulness-based programs are a promising intervention modality for reducing disruptive behaviors (e.g., physical aggression), and Soles of the Feet (SOF) is one program that teaches internal awareness of personal events (e.g., unpleasant emotions) and a self-regulation strategy to decrease disruptive behaviors. Recent meta-analytic results indicate that across 15 different peer-reviewed publications conducted by five independent research teams, SOF was concluded to be an effective strategy for reducing disruptive behaviors and it met criteria as an evidence-based practice (Felver et al., under review). SOF’s effectiveness is robust across diverse individual characteristics (e.g., children, adults, and disability statuses) and intervention delivery settings (e.g., public schools, group homes). SOF is a brief intervention that is typically delivered to clients over the course of five ~30min sessions, making it highly useful for clinicians working in settings with limited resources and time constraints (e.g., public schools).

This presentation will provide training in the SOF mindfulness-based program for disruptive behavior, and is designed for practicing clinicians working with individuals with disruptive behaviors that cause functional impairment in school or other community settings. The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the theoretical and empirical background of SOF. The majority of the presentation will focus on training in the specific steps of the SOF procedure for working with individual clients, including frequent demonstrations to model key intervention components (e.g., mindful breathing instruction, in vivo exposure to unpleasant emotions) and opportunities for participants to ask questions of the presenter. The workshop will conclude with a description of participants’ between workshop practice assignment where they will delivering the full SOF protocol to at least one individual, and time for questions and answers. Although this workshop will be geared primarily for school-based providers working with children and adolescents, any clinician work with individuals with disruptive behaviors (of any age range, with or without disabilities) is welcome to attend.

Participants are strongly encouraged to read chapters 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12 of “Mindfulness in the Classroom” (Felver & Singh, 2020) which describes recommendations for preparing to deliver SOF and the full intervention protocol prior to attending this session. Reading these materials will prepare participants to get the most out of their training experience.

Learning Objectives – Part I

  1. Attendees will describe the theoretical background for the Soles of the Feet (SOF) program.
  2. Attendees will describe mindful breathing practice with the support of SOF printed materials.
  3. Attendees will describe how to elicit an unpleasant emotional experience in vivo with a client with the support of SOF printed materials.
  4. Attendees will describe how to teach the SOF procedure with the support of printed SOF materials.
  5. Attendees will formulate a plan for providing this intervention to a current or hypothetical client.

Part 2 of 2

This presentation is designed for individuals who attended Part 1 of the Soles of the Feet (SOF) training. This workshop will provide a presentation on advanced recommendations for providing the SOF intervention to individuals, including modifications for delivering the practice in group settings. A substantial portion of the training will be spent debriefing and answering questions about participants’ experiences with delivering the SOF training in order to provide tailored and individual feedback to ensure successful delivery of this evidence-based program.

Participants are strongly encouraged to read chapter 14 of “Mindfulness in the Classroom” (Felver & Singh, 2020) prior to attending this session in order to orient themselves to advanced SOF instructional procedures. Those participants who intend to deliver SOF to groups are strongly encouraged to read chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 prior to attending this session to orient themselves to this SOF deliver format. Reading these materials will prepare participants to get the most out of their training experience.

Learning Objectives – Part II

  1. Attendees will describe modifications for using the SOF intervention in group settings.
  2. Attendees will utilize the SOF training material to troubleshoot common barriers to SOF delivery to diverse clinical populations.

Number of CEU’s available: 4.5 BACB Learning CEU’s

Cost to Attend: $89.99 (includes registration, Dr. Felver’s book for reference, and CEU’s)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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