Over 30 years ago Jon Kabat-Zinn began offering a program of stress reduction to patients and physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital in Worcester. This first MBSR program combined stress medicine and psychology with meditation, gentle yoga, experiential education, group dynamic exercises, and aspects of phenomenological and Buddhist psychology. The CBS 60-Minutes program about Mindfulness is a good summary of MBSR and has interviews with my teacher, Jon. Watch here: 60-Minutes: Mindfulness.
With my colleagues at Pacific University and Hillsboro Police, we developed a similar program tailored to first responders, MBRT. Starting in 2016 we will be offering this training for police officers throughout the region supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Details below.
Learn more about my background and training or contact me via the email address below.
He dubbed this 8-week 30 hour training Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training or MBSR. The 8 week program is described in detail in Jon’s landmark book Full Catastrophe Living. A rich background of scientific research and subsequent books by Jon and others has made MBSR one of the most effective and respected methods of helping people though the most stressful challenges of life: heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, asthma, multiple sclerosis, sleep problems and much more. Read a summary of my MBSR programs clinical results. You may want to read the review paper and literature review about my MBSR program and mindfulness in the Journal of Participatory Medicine coauthored by my colleagues, 15 local referring physicians, therapists, teachers and MBSR participants: Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine Context & Relevance. Also, you may be interested in my clinical research paper coauthored by my colleague Dr. Michael Christopher and my intern Zeynep Sunbay-Bilgen in the same Journal: Mindfulness, Self-Care, & Participatory Medicine: A Community’s Clinical Evidence.
MBSR is a way of systematically, directly and thoughtfully working with the catastrophes of life and learning to accept and take charge even in the face of these challenges. It’s a way of finding your inherent wisdom to face stress, chronic pain, and illness. Read my newspaper article about mindfulness and medicine: Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine.
Since Jon Kabat-Zinn’s first MBSR program tens of thousands of people around the world have taken the course. Two decades of published research as well as tests and evaluations at our Clinic indicates that the majority of those who have taken the course report:
- Reduction in pain levels
- A lasting ability to cope with stress
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms.
- A greater ability to relax
- Greater energy
My 8-Week Program is directly modeled on the original one at the UMass Medical School where I have been certified to teach MBSR: 8 weeks long, a two and one-half hour class each week, and a daylong retreat class on a Saturday or Sunday. Our curriculum includes these:
- Practical learning of mindfulness meditation practices
- Mindful movement, gentle stretching and adaptive Yoga for anyone
- Exercises that help you enhance awareness in your daily life
- Instruction that is tailored to you personally
- Group dialogue and learning exercises
- Daily homework assignments
- Three audio CD’s and a workbook
MBSR is challenging by design and asks you to make a commitment to attend 30 hours of class time along with daily homework.
I hold the Program in my own well-equipped, safe and comfortable classrooms. To register for the program you must complete an interview with me and submit a completed MBSR Application Packet.
I work with each student to make sure tuition is appropriate and affordable. I offer payment plans and some scholarships as needed. A growing number of health plans and employee benefit wellness plans will reimburse for our course. Check with your healthcare provider, insurance company and HR manager to navigate the process of possible reimbursement. I will provide you a receipt for the course. Call or email to discuss tuition or other registration questions.
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