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Mindfulness in Clinical Settings

  • Columbia School of Social Work 1255 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Mindfulness, the practices of awareness and compassion, has demonstrated powerful efficacy in teaching clients to cope with pain and distress and ultimately live their lives more fully. These basic skills can also benefit therapists by preventing burn out, and being more authentically available to their clients.

This workshop will summarize the research and describe Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the program developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, using this model as a basis for teaching skills experientially. The instructors, both MBSR teachers for 20-30 years, will then explore ways that this model can be adapted for a wide range of populations, including those with physical and cognitive limitations, those in institutional or private practice settings, and the underserved and marginalized.