"When one thought ends, right before the next thought begins,
there is a tiny gap called 'now.' Over time we learn to expand that gap."

– Spring Washam

Continuing Education (CE) Credit for Nurses, Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers, Counselors, Acupuncturists & Chiropractors

30+ programs offering 4-22 CE Credits.

"I love that I can come to Spirit Rock and get CE Credits as an extra benefit!"
“I came for the CE Credits and left with these profound and simple teachings, by amazingly skilled teachers. I am humbled."
“Very comprehensive, the neurophysiology/neuropsychology presentations were very science-based and specific to my goals."

 Benefits of Mindfulness in Medicine

Cited in numerous studies, including the American Psychological Association, the Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Annals of Family Medicine, mindfulness practices have been shown to provide many benefits for the healthcare provider: 

  • Reduces psychological and physiological stress – with heavy caseloads, challenging working conditions, health care professionals accumulate stress.  Mindfulness can bring ease and offer practices to deal with this work-related stress.
  • Reduces emotional reactivity – Mindfulness brings awareness to our emotions, and practice gives space for an appropriate response, resulting in skillful decisions and improved professional relationships.
  • Reduces compassion fatigue and emotional exhaustion - working repeatedly with distressed individuals can take its toll.   Without practice, meeting client after client with an open heart can be challenging.  Self-care and compassion practices can be utilized between clients to develop your cultivation of compassion and empathy.
  • Reduces self-criticism, anxiety, depression – With an awareness of thoughts and emotions, we are able to shift our emotional regulation strategies to better respond to situations. In practice, we are able to experience and process emotions differently- less anxiety, less depression, less self-criticism.
  • Reduces rumination – being mindful of our thoughts, as they appear and reappear gives us more choice in how much we pay attention to these “re-runs.”  Practice can help us reduce or give less importance to undesired mental traffic, allowing us to focus on what is really important.
  • Reduces professional burnout syndrome - with long hours, and stressful situations, many professionals experience burnout at some point in their careers.  Mindfulness practices can offer ways to develop improved coping skills and increase job satisfaction.
  • Improves focus and working memory – resulting in greater awareness and less distraction.  In a clinical setting, this can improve assessment skills and accuracy during intake session, as well as during the performance of complex procedures, ultimately reducing errors.
  • Increases cognitive flexibility – mindful meditation can lead to re-wiring the brain to move from habitual reactions to intentional responses, resulting in improved decision making.
  • Improves communication – mindful listening and speaking practices can improve communication between co-workers and clients and patients. This improves effective communication and results in better clinical outcomes, especially during high-stress situations.
  • Improves job and relationship satisfaction – lovingkindness, compassion and gratitude practices can redirect focus on the good, and reset our “happiness” set point.

CE Credit Providers Information:

Continuing Education (CE) credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC). CE credit is available for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, Nurses, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists, and may be applicable for other licenses or for licenses held in another state. It is the responsibility of the participant to determine if their accreditation board will accept the credits offered by Spirit Rock. Please see the program description to determine license applicability since not all CE credit programs are applicable to every license listed below.


American Psychological Association has approved the Spiritual Competency Resource Center to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. For more information about SCRC, please visit or contact David Lukoff, Ph.D. at (707) 763-3576. 

California Board of Registered Nursing has approved Spirit Rock to sponsor continuing education for nurses licensed in California, Provider Number CEP16905. 

California Acupuncture Board has approved Spirit Rock as a Continuing Education Provider, Provider Number 1425.  

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs sponsored by American Psychological Association approved providers.

California Board of Chiropractic Examiners' Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.  

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent sitting or walking meditation, meals, yoga, breaks, or work periods. 

Attendance Policies:

To qualify for CE credit, participants must:

  • Arrive on time and sign in at the CE table, with your license number,
  • Stay until the end of the program, 
  • Sign out at the end of the program,
  • Turn in the evaluation and pick up the certificate.

For non-residential programs, participants are required to:

  • Check in both at the registration desk and also at the CE credit registration desk, which is a separate table.
  • Sign n at the CE registration within 15 minutes of the start of the program. Look for signage. If you do not see the table, or are not directed to it, please ask!

For residential retreats, participants are required to:

  • Sign in at the beginning of the retreat, with your license number,
  • Initial your attendance at every required session, certificates are not available if the attendance sheet is incomplete,
  • Say until the end of the retreat,
  • Turn in your evaluation and pick up your certificate.

Board regulations prohibit partial credit for partial attendance.  Participants cannot arrive late or leave early and be given "partial credit" for the hours that they were present.

Participants must sign-up and pay for CE credits before the program begins. We strongly recommend that you register and pay for CE credit when you register for the program. 

There is a $20 fee to reissue certificates, and certificates are available only if the attendance sheet was completed at the program.


Cancellation Policies:

Non-residential events: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. Refunds are not available for the CE credit fee.  For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.

Residential retreats: Refunds are available for residential retreat CE fees. If you would like a refund for your CE fee, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two (2) business days prior to the event. If you contact us at least two business days preceding the retreat, we will refund your CE fee minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel beyond the deadline stated above, you will not receive a refund. Please contact the Retreat Registrar at: retreats(at)

Spirit Rock Cancelled Programs:  Spirit Rock rarely cancels a program, but in the unlikely event that we do, all registered participants will be notified by phone and email, and the cancellation notice will be posted on our website. We will issue a refund within 7-10 business days.

Grievances: To file a grievance for CE programs sponsored by Spirit Rock, please write to programs(at)  Spiritual Competency Resource Center is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. SCRC will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of David Lukoff, PhD, Director of SCRC.

If you have any questions regarding CE credit, please contact KatieM(at)spiritrock(dot)org or call (415) 488-0164 x285.

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