MBSR – MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM SUMMER 2020 – VIA ZOOM
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was first offered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts to patients suffering from chronic pain. It is now offered at more than 600 institutions worldwide. The practice is founded in meditation and a growing understanding that awareness brings relief.
Participants will be introduced to a range of mindfulness practices, including awareness of breath, sitting, walking and movement-based meditation, body scan, gentle body movement, eating meditation and new ways of thinking and responding to stressful situations.
Benefits from 40 years of research that shows MBSR cultivates: An increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, an ability to cope with difficult life situations and chronic pain.
The Program Includes:
Eight weekly 2.5 hour sessions via Zoom
Guided mindfulness practices and group discussion
All-day online retreat
Downloadable mp3 files with guided meditations based on Workbook by Bob Stahl, PhD and Chapters from "Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD
Instructors: Ron Pilato, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist PSY19274 and Ron Fouts, M.A., Qualified MBSR instructors with the UMASS/Brown Centers for Mindfulness 28 CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) Credits are available for healthcare professionals.
It’s now well known that mindfulness and compassion practices can enhance virtually any form of psychotherapy and have proven effective in treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and many other conditions.
Throughout the 8-week program, you will learn creative ways to be with obstacles and challenges that arise when practicing meditation. Upon completion, you will have a foundation for integrating these practices into your personal life.
28 CE CREDITS
This program offers an experiential learning environment, with a focus on developing the capacity for self-awareness in stressful and demanding situations. Designed for medical practitioners and healthcare professionals (Physicians, NPs, PAs, Nurses, Psychologists, Therapists, Counselors) involved in practice and education. No prior experience is required; however, experience with meditation or other contemplative practices is welcomed.
Mindfulness Knowledge and Skills
Establish a direct, first hand, experience of mindfulness
Cultivate mindfulness through silence, conversation and dialogue
Establish an experiential understanding our capacity to deliberately cultivate concentration
Focus and sustain attention on a single object
Focus and sustain attention on changing objects
Apply and enhance the capacity to pause or stop
Demonstrate an increased ability to recognize mind wandering and to redirect attention
Explore new approaches to meeting challenging situations
Improve ability to step back, listen and be present to self and others
Demonstrate the ability to be aware of multiple aspects of present moment experience
Compassion and Resiliency
Observe and investigate the dynamic interplay of fear/constriction and vulnerability/openness
Recognize the therapeutic power of the heart through kindness, self-compassion practices
Report how Mindfulness-based practices can help us better care for ourselves and others with evidence-based research
Utilize mindfulness practices and as a method for developing resilience
Describe the signs and consequences of burnout
Discuss warning signs of accumulating stress and apply mindfulness practices to manage them more effectively
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