My name is Leslie Temme, I offer classes, education, and support for those who are interested in the integration of alternative practices within clinical and academic settings, as well as daily life.
I strive to provide quality educational opportunities for clinicians and institutions interested in integrating alternative practices (primarily yoga and meditation) into their clinical work, either individually or as a program/institution, creating more mindfulness-based settings and programming. I work to ensure clinicians integrate meditation and yoga as treatment in a way that is knowledge-driven and research-informed.
Leslie Temme, PhD, LCSW, RYT
I have worked in the field of addiction as a social worker and educator for 30 years. I have studied yoga and meditation under renowned teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mary Dunn, Dr. Richard Miller and Jonathan Foust. As my study of yoga and meditation deepened I began to realize the benefits of these practices, not only for my own well-being, but also the potential impact these practices could have on the lives of my clients.
I began my PhD work with the explicit goal of investigating how these practices might be of benefit in clinical settings. My on-going research has deepened my understanding of what these practices can bring to clients, especially those in recovery from chemical dependency.
Through my research, teaching, and clinical work in this arena, I recognize the importance of educating clinical professionals about how to identify which alternative practices best address addiction and other mental health conditions. I believe that my expertise in the clinical arena as well as my continued study and practice of yoga and meditation contribute to my expertise in offering guidance to practitioners in this area.
I strive to embody what yoga and meditation have taught me and infuse this learning into my work with clients and students.
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Education & Experience
Studied Social Work at Adelphi University, Garden City, New York
- 1989: MSW; 1990: Addiction Certificate; 2010: PhD
- CEU Provider for Social Workers and Addiction Professionals
- Addiction Educator
- Social Work Educator
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Glowing Body Yoga Studio in Knoxville, TN
- Student of Iyengar Yoga since 2002
- Studied pranayama with Richard Rosen
- Studied with Iyengar Senior Teachers such as:
Elise Miller, Roger Cole, Kofi, Mary and Eddie Marks
Peer Reviewed Publications
Temme, L. J. & Kopak, A. (2016). Maximizing substance use recovery through the promotion of mindfulness. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 35, 41-56.
Temme, L. J., Fenster, J., & Ream, G. L. (2012). Evaluation of meditation in the treatment of chemical dependency. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 12, 264-281.
Temme, L. J. (2009). Empirically supported practice or evidence based intervention? A review of the last fifty years. Perspectives in Social Work, 7, 17-22.
Fenster, J., & Temme, L. J. (2014). The use of complementary and alternative approaches to treat clients with substance use disorders. In S. L. Straussner (Ed.). Clinical Work with Substance Abusing Clients, 3rd Ed. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Temme, L. J., & Lacey, M. (2008). People with substance abuse disorders in crisis. In A. Gitterman & R. Salmon (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Social Work with groups. New York, NY.
Invited Conference Presentations
Temme, L. J. (2014, May). Creating a mindful classroom. Paper presented at the Coulter Faculty Summer Institute, Western Carolina University: Cullowhee, NC.
Temme, L. J. (2013, May). Mindfulness and spirituality in addiction treatment. Paper presented at the First International Mindfulness Conference, Rome, Italy.
Temme, L. J. (2013, May). Meditation as a means to decrease risk of relapse in the treatment of chemical dependency. Paper presented at the First International Mindfulness Conference, Rome, Italy.
Temme, L. J. (2008, June). Changing our minds: Including meditation in relapse prevention. Paper presented at the University of Buffalo Summer Institute Buffalo, NY.
Temme, L. J. (2006, October). Meditation and relapse prevention. Paper presented at Northern Tier Providers Coalition, Albany, NY.
Refereed Conference Presentations
Temme, L. J. (2014, June). Effects of a mindfulness practice on levels of spirituality in the treatment of substance use disorders. Paper presented at the Ninth North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Temme, L. J. (2013, September). Mindfulness and spirituality in addiction treatment. Paper presented at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders, Anaheim, CA.
Temme, L.J., & Greene, D. (2013, September). Meditation and self-care for addiction professionals. Paper presented at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders, Anaheim, CA.
Temme, L. J. (2012, September). Meditation as a means to decrease risk of relapse in the treatment of chemical dependency. Paper presented at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders, Anaheim, CA.
Temme, L. J. (2012, April). Meditation in the treatment of women with substance use disorders. Paper presented at Addiction: Focus on Women Conference, Asheville, NC.
Temme, L. J. (2011, October). Meditation in the treatment of substance abuse disorders.Paper presented at the National Association of Social Work, Regional Fall Conference, Asheville, NC.
Temme, L. J. (2010, May). Meditation as a means to decrease relapse risk in treatment of chemically dependent adults. Paper presented at the Adelphi University Seventh Annual Research Conference, Garden City, NY.
Temme, L. J. (2010, January). Meditation as a means to decrease relapse risk in treatment of chemically dependent adults. Paper presented at the Annual Society for Social Work Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.