Dr. Berger and CCFW will be offering an introductory workshop to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) aimed at giving professionals an opportunity to explore mindfulness as a means of stress reduction and to explore whether more in-depth training in an MBSR class is a fit. The workshop will introduce mindfulnes and stress reduction strategies and tools. An 8-week long MBSR course will be offered Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-9:00pm beginning January 29, 2014 through March 19, 2014. This course also includes a full-day retreat on Saturday March 8, 2014. If you choose to enroll in the 8-week course, $20 of your introductory workshop registration fee will be applied to your MBSR course fee.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program originally designed over thirty years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. The course has a basis in eastern psychology but is very applicable to modern secular life.
Mindfulness is the practice of sustained focus, self-regulation, self-exploration, and self-liberation with an accepting, open and kind attitude. This practice can produce calmness and expanded awareness. Neurophysiological studies have shown increased brain growth and function in areas of emotional control and executive function in as little as 8 weeks. Course evaluations show decreased stress, improved self-image, and improved emotional regulation. Improved concentration and less anxiety are common outcomes.
More details on MBSR can be found at http://www.mindfulnessnw.com/what-is-mbsr/
You can also read more about recent research findings on MBSR at Science Daily
The course will be taught by Rick Berger, MD.
Dr. Berger is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington School of Medicine.
He is a certified Mindfulness Facilitator.