Intention is fundamental to any project, endeavor, or journey. Related to intention is the concept of mindfulness—the awareness that arises through intentionally attending to oneself and others in an open, accepting, and discerning way. Drawing from Buddhist teachings and psychological theory, authors Shapiro and Carlson explore why mindful awareness is integral to the therapeutic healing process.
Their book integrates the art and science of mindfulness to inspire greater well-being in both clinicians and their patients. As such, mindfulness is understood as a universal human capacity that can help bridge the gap between therapist and patient, reminding us that we are all human beings aspiring to greater health, happiness, and freedom from suffering.
Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
I. What is Mindfulness? And How is Applicable to Clinical Work?
What is Mindfulness?
The Mindful Therapist
II. Does it Help? And How Does It Help?
Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Psychological Populations
Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Medical Populations
Mechanisms of Action
III. Expanding the Paradigm
Self-Care for Clinicians
Exploring the Farther Reaches of Human Potential
The Body Scan
Sitting Meditation Instructions
About the Authors
About the Authors
Shauna L. Shapiro, PhD, is a professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and previously served as adjunct faculty for Andrew Weil's Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Shapiro's research focuses on mindfulness meditation and its applications to psychotherapy and health care. She began her study of psychology and meditation at Duke University, graduating summa cum laude, and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona. Dr. Shapiro pursued her study of meditation in Thailand and Nepal, as well as in the West, training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
Dr. Shapiro has conducted extensive clinical research investigating the effects of mindfulness-based therapies across a wide range of populations, and published over 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. She is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education in the area of mindfulness and psychotherapy.
Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness training programs nationally and internationally for health professionals on the growing applications of mindfulness in psychology and health care.
Linda E. Carlson, PhD, RPsych, holds the Enbridge Endowed Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Health Scholar award, is an Associate Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. She is Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, where her program has offered Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to cancer patients and their families since 1997.
Dr. Carlson trained as a Clinical Health Psychologist at McGill University in Montreal, researching the area of psychoneuroendocrinology. She received the Kawano New Investigator Award from the International Psycho-Oncology Society in 2006, and the William E. Rawls Prize in cancer control from the National Cancer Institute of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society in 2007.
She has practiced meditation with the Insight Meditation Society in Burma and Canada, and trained in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She presented her work at Mind and Life XVI, Investigating the Mind-Body Connection: The Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation at the Mayo clinic with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2008.
Dr. Carlson has published over 90 book chapters and research papers in peer-reviewed journals, holds more than six million dollars in grant funding and regularly presents her work at national and international conferences.