2-Day Certificate Course
MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Offered thru PESI
Present the core beliefs of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as they relate to clinical treatment.
Ascertain the meaning of mindfulness and provide psychoeducation to clients regarding its use for reducing stress and improving mental health.
Implement various mindfulness practices utilized to decrease stress and improve symptomology.
Teach clients how to integrate specific informal mindfulness interventions into their daily lives to alleviate symptoms and improve level of functioning.
Utilize breathing exercises as an intervention to refocus attention and interrupt negative thoughts and ruminations.
Practice the process of inquiry and evaluate its ability to enhance client insight and reduce stress.
Articulate the effectiveness of MBSR techniques in treating pain, stress, anxiety and panic in clients.
Evaluate the use of interpersonal mindfulness in facilitating effective communication and increasing awareness in the client.
Appraise the applicability of neuroscience research to stress reduction and ascertain its clinical implications.
Determine specific adaptations of MBSR practices that can be utilized to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma.
Establish MBSR practices that are developmentally appropriate and effective for children and adolescents.
Articulate the methods by which MBSR can be interfaced with psychotherapy practices to improve clinical outcomes.
The Origin of MBSR
Goals and Principles
Assessment and Orientation
MBSR Ground Rules
The Curriculum - Themes
Class 1-3 Grounding Mindfulness in the Body
Class 4-5 Stress Reaction versus Response
Class 6-7 Communication and Interpersonal Mindfulness
Class 8 Summation and Bringing Mindfulness Home
All Day Session
Establishing Mindfulness Practices
Introducing Mindfulness Experientially and Verbally
7 Essential Attitudes in Establishing Mindfulness
Establishing Intention and Commitment to Practice
Language – Using Gerunds and the Vernacular
Leading an Awareness Exercise: The Raisin
Guidance in Formal Mindfulness Practices
The Body Scan
The Sitting Meditation with Awareness of Breath
Practice in Leading a Mindfulness Meditation
Applying Mindfulness to Daily Life
Creating Home Practices
Use of Homework
The Three Minute Breathing Space
Clinical Issues: Working with Difficulties
The Process of Inquiry including Role Playing and Practice in Inquiry
Working with Feeling
Working with Pain and Stress
Working with Anxiety and Panic
Application of Neuro-Science Research
Adaptations of MBSR for:
Children and Adolescents
Inter-personal Mindfulness and Communication
Akido for MBSR
Use of Dyads
Interface with Psychotherapy
Limitations of Research and Potential Risks
Various definitions of mindfulness
Research validity and reliability
Client may experience initial increase in symptoms
Special considerations for severe mental illness