Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat Zinn 45 years ago at the University of Massachusetts to provide an augmented treatment to those in the hospital who were not recovering well. The results were more than encouraging. Several decades later, tens of thousands of research studies have shown the efficacy of mindfulness and is now offered all over the world.
In this two-day experiential workshop, we will look at the development of MBSR that has led to mindfulness becoming an evidence-based approach for mental and physical health. We will explore its continued popularity for participants and leaders and understand the roots of this treatment as a foundation for other mindfulness based interventions for depression, eating disorders, and substance misuse.
The workshop will show how MBSR aims to help participants develop life habits and coping skills that can be effectively utilized across the life span. Methods include the learning and refining of a range of self-regulatory skills aimed at increasing happiness and proprioceptive awareness, as well as mind/body attention related to medical complaints, emotions and thoughts and their effects on symptoms stress reactivity, coping and general well-being.
Our world, besieged as it is with stress and dysfunction, is craving more awareness. With amazing developments in technology, we have, if anything, become less connected both to ourselves and to each other. Such business leaders as Google and Price Waterhouse have incorporated the practice as an antidote to the relentless pressure and overload in workplaces; some governments, such as the UK, are already moving beyond its experimental use and making it part of elementary school curricula and graduate schools.
In this workshop we will experiment with ways MBSR teaches people to live with greater awareness and how this simple concept in the context of our experience can become deceptively complex.
For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Cancellations and Transfers
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Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Therapeutic Models of Mindfulness : Therapeutic Models of Mindfulness