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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine

A 7-Day Professional Training Retreat

February 22, 2015 – March 01, 2015
Location:
San Jose, CA
Course:
CA15-100
Teacher:
Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Judson Brewer
Tuition:
$1700
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Description

Call Omega Registration at 877.944.2002 to register.

Inspired by the vision of a more awakened and compassionate world, for 35 years the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has pioneered Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the integration of meditation and mindfulness into mainstream medicine, health care, and society through patient care, rigorous scientific research, academic medical and professional education, and a range of broader societal initiatives in the public and private sectors, including education, business, law, leadership, government, and collegiate and professional athletics.

The Center was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1995 and has been directed by Saki F. Santorelli since 2000. Since the inception of the Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, more than 20,000 people with a range of medical and psychological conditions have completed MBSR training at UMass. Worldwide, with programs on six continents, tens of thousands of people have participated in MBSR programs. More than 14,000 health-care professionals from 80 countries have participated in the Center’s Oasis Institute professional education and training programs. Globally, there are more than 740 places offering MBSR programs in clinics, hospitals, and academic medical centers based on the model developed at UMass.

In the past five years, there have been nearly 2,000 papers about mindfulness and MBSR published in scientific literature. Dating back to the inception of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, MBSR research at UMass and at other academic medical centers has shown, among other benefits, consistent, reliable, and reproducible demonstrations of major and clinically relevant reductions in medical and psychological symptoms across a wide range of medical diagnoses, including chronic pain conditions, over the eight weeks of the MBSR program. Maintenance of these changes continues, in some cases, for up to four years of follow up. Most clinic participants experience long-lasting improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms, as well as major positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors and in perception of self. Studies have also shown changes in the brain and the immune system consistent with greater mental and physical health.

Taught by Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, and Judson Brewer, this 7-day program is an opportunity for health-care professionals to train intensively in mindfulness meditation as it is taught at the MBSR Clinic. Specific themes and areas of focus include:

  • Seamless cultivation of mindfulness throughout the retreat, through both formal and informal practices, in silence, conversation, and dialogue
  • Mindful approaches to the experience and expression of stress, pain, grief, and anxiety within ourselves and when working with others
  • Examination of the language and methods used for instructing and guiding others in the formal and informal methods of mindfulness meditation in various settings
  • Review of research supporting the clinical value of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Exploration of the essential components of the MBSR curriculum, including specific program structure and content and their rationales, assessment and screening of program participants, as well as teacher readiness and competency
  • Exploration of the ethical and moral principles and the domains of nonharming, compassion, and wisdom that underlie mindfulness meditation practice and MBSR

This program is open to health-care professionals and educators who come prepared for the intensive nature of the workshop and who understand the primary necessity of embodying mindfulness meditation practice in their own life before attempting to teach it to others. This course is one component of a rigorous education and training trajectory for professionals who are intent on becoming certified MBSR teachers through the UMass Center for Mindfulness.

The schedule and the work are rigorous and include both intensive training in mindfulness meditation, including extended periods of silence, and an ongoing exploration of mindfulness meditation’s practical applications in health care and other settings.

Since the cardinal principle in doing this work is that it must come out of one’s own extensive personal experience with mindfulness meditation practice, participants who do not already have a strong daily personal mindfulness meditation practice and additional MBSR teacher education and training should not attend this retreat with the expectation of immediately returning home to open a MBSR program.

Ultimately, it is the depth of one’s personal commitment to learning and growing using the MBSR approach that is most important. Integrating mindfulness into one’s professional life comes out of that commitment and the imagination and effort it inspires.

After attending this workshop taught by Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, and Judson Brewer participants will be better able to:

  • Demonstrate the ongoing practice of the principles of mindfulness in silence, conversation, and dialogue
  • Describe mindful approaches to stress, pain, grief, and anxiety within ourselves and when working with others
  • Demonstrate the language and methods used for instructing and guiding others in the formal and informal methods of mindfulness meditation in various settings
  • Discuss research supporting the clinical value of MBSR
  • Describe the essential components of a viable mindfulness training program, including MBSR teacher readiness and competency criteria
  • Explore the ethical and moral principles and the domains of nonharming, compassion, and wisdom that underlie mindfulness practice and MBSR

Learn more about Accommodations at Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California.

Continuing Education
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  • ACCME - Physicians
  • NAADAC - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • BRN/ANCC - Nurses
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More Information

This program will be held at Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California. Learn more about Accommodations at Dolce Hayes Mansion.

Housing is in addition to the tuition. Housing rates are below and inclusive of all meals and all facility use:

  • Single Occupancy, private bathroom: $2,415
  • Double Occupancy, private bathroom (you will be assigned a roommate): $1,806

You will receive a detailed program schedule when you arrive. Please note that there may be periods of time outside of normal workshop hours when silence will be expected of class participants. CE and CME are available and included in the tuition. you may register for your CE/CMEs with Omega registration at 800.944.1001 before your arrival or with your Omega representative on site.

This program fulfills one of the requirements for entry into MBSR Teacher Certification Programs conducted by the Center for Mindfulness. Attendance at this retreat does not constitute authorization by Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, or Judson Brewer to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Required reading before the program: Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living; and Santorelli, Heal Thy Self.

Featuring:
Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

Things to Bring:
  • Warm comfortable clothing (for cool nights and mornings)
  • Toiletries
  • Slippers for indoors (shoes are left in lobbies)
  • Bathing suit (for hot tub)
  • Meditation cushion (please bring your own if you are able to)
Teachers
Saki F. Santorelli

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, is the executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, director of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic, and associate professor of medicine, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has more than 30,000 hours of clinical experience in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); established Oasis Institute. He is author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine. umassmed.edu/cfm

Florence Meleo-Meyer

Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, coauthor of The MBSR Workbook for Anxiety, is director of Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness. A licensed family therapist, she is also the developer of the mindfulness-based program, Cool Minds™, for adolescents, and wrote and narrated a DVD for young adults, Living Awake™. umassmed.edu/cfm

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is a thought leader in the “science of self-mastery,” having combined more than 15 years’ experience with mindfulness training and scientific research. He is currently the director of research at the Center for Mindfulness and an associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School.