12 hr, 12 min
A note from Elana Rosenbaum
I remember working as a psychotherapist in a non-profit HMO, seeing client after client. They were anxious, panic-attack prone or just unable to cope with stress. They had seen physicians with little success. I was of no help. I was stuck in a rut treating symptoms and focusing on what was wrong rather than treating them as an individual and reinforcing what was right.
Desperate to find something better for myself and my clients, I walked into a meditation class with the most amazing, dynamic and confident teacher. After one session I was more energetic, better able to cope, and found myself more attentive with my clients.
This caring and incredible instructor was Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
That was 30 years ago and since then, along with the help of Jon Kabat- Zinn, I have been able to transform my life and my practice, using these very principles I discovered at that yoga class back in Worcester, Massachusetts. I became an instructor alongside Jon, started my own practice, and was beginning to see incredible treatment outcomes with my clients. I was feeling energetic and confident in myself and my clinical work.
Then in 1995 I was diagnosed with cancer. I put Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to the test and experienced first-hand how to handle the pain and stress of chemotherapy and all that goes with a stem cell transplant. My personal and clinical experience with this evidenced-based approach led to the development of mindfulness-based interventions for bone marrow transplants at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Emory University, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction changed my life and has changed the life of many of my clients. I want to share these strategies with you. This work will transform the psychic and physical pain in your clients’ lives.
State core beliefs of MBSR. List the seven attitudes needed in cultivating mindfulness. Describe the themes and essential components of the eight week MBSR curriculum. Practice in defining mindfulness and introducing it in everyday language. Practice guiding a body scan mindfulness meditation. Practice guiding a sitting meditation with awareness of the breath. Practice guiding a sitting meditation with open awareness. Demonstrate experience in practices that integrate MBSR into daily life. Explain the use of a mindful pause (S.T.O.P.) to refocus attention and interrupt negative thoughts and ruminations. Practice in the process of inquiry and its use in cultivating insight to reduce stress. Practice the use of interpersonal mindfulness in facilitating communication and deepening awareness. Explain the applicability of neuroscience research to stress reduction.
The Origin of MBSR
Goals and Principles
Assessment and Orientation
MBSR Ground Rules
Class 1-3 Grounding Mindfulness in the Body
Class 4-5 Stress Reaction versus Response
Class 6-7 Communication and Interpersonal Mindfulness
Class 8 Summation and Bringing Mindfulness Home
All Day Session
Establishing Mindfulness Practices
Introducing Mindfulness Experientially and Verbally
7 Essential Attitudes in Establishing Mindfulness
Establishing Intention and Commitment to Practice
Language —Using Gerunds and the Vernacular
Leading an Awareness Exercise: The Raisin
Guidance in Formal Mindfulness Practices
The Body Scan
The Sitting Meditation with Awareness of Breath
Practice in Leading a Mindfulness
Applying Mindfulness to Daily Life Creating Home Practices
Use of Homework
The Three Minute Breathing Space
Clinical Issues: Working with Difficulties
The Process of Inquiry including Role
Playing and Practice in Inquiry
Working with Feeling
Working with Pain and Stress
Working with Anxiety and Panic
Application of Neuro-Science Research
Adaptations of MBSR for:
Children and Adolescents
Inter-personal Mindfulness and Communication
Akido for MBSR
Use of Dyads
Interface with Psychotherapy
About the Speaker:
Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW, has been integrating mindfulness with psychotherapy for over 30 years. She is a leader in the clinical application of mindfulness meditation to cancer care and is a pioneering teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness, the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has authored, Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness and Being Well (even when you're sick): Mindfulness Practices for People Living With Cancer and Other Serious Illness.
Elana has a private practice in psychotherapy in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a sought after mindfulness coach, teacher, speaker, workshop leader and research consultant. She has been featured in "Chronicle" on CBS and mentioned in many magazine articles including Yoga Journal, Health, Coping, and the PBS audio series, "Walking through the Storm". She is currently working on her third book, a workbook of mindfulness exercises for optimal living.
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