Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
for Mental Health Professionals
(for Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses and others)
22.5 hours of Continuing Education approved by
the MN Boards of Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing
7 Fridays, 1:00 – 3:30 PM
November 1, 8, 15, 22 and December 6, 13, 20, 2019
Plus All Day one Saturday, 9:00 – 4:00
December 14, 2019
Facilitator: Paula Coyne, MA, LP, RYT
This 8-session series is based directly on the world- renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the Center for Mindfulness at U Mass Medical School. Three decades of research indicate that the practice of mindfulness skills can empower participants to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live more fully. This specific offering is directed toward MH and SW professionals to support their acquisition of foundational Mindfulness skills to in turn become prepared to introduce their value to their clients. As well, the benefits of stress reduction techniques support these professionals in continuing with their challenging work and in finding greater stability and balance within the self.
This exploration of Mindfulness requires a rigorous commitment of inquiry. Participants will engage in 7 weekly sessions (2.5 hours on Friday afternoons, 1-3:30), and one All Day Retreat (9-4pm on 12/14). The Foundations of Mindfulness will be explored in accordance with the curriculum of the Center for Mindfulness: the Body Scan, Sitting Meditation, Yoga (accessible for all), and Walking Meditation. Mindfulness of eating and interpersonal communications will also be included. Daily one-hour home practice using materials provided by the instructor is an inherent part of the program.
Some of our topics of inquiry will include: How do mindfulness practices contribute to steadiness of emotions and thought? What are the physiological differences between stress reacting and stress responding, and how to cultivate the latter? What are the contraindications and applications for our patients? What are some of the ways to apply Mindfulness tools in your professional role, and in your own stress reduction practices. How to “turn toward the unwanted”, how to deal with suffering? Literature on Mindfulness research. Mindfulness and recovery from trauma. How to deepen and develop mindfulness tools going forward.
Paula Coyne, MA, LP, RYT, has been teaching Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2001. She has completed the professional training in MBSR with Jon and Saki, the Teacher Development Intensive, the MBSR Teacher Practicum, and the “Heart of the Matter” MBSR teacher training. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher, and brings mindfulness tools to her clinical practice at United Family Medicine and as a teacher at River Garden Yoga (in St. Paul). She offers a variety of retreats and trainings with mindfulness as a foundation, including the 2-year Art of Peace training.
Registration details: The cost of the entire series is $425, which includes home practice materials and CE Certificate. There is a $25 discount for cash or check payment.
Continuing Education Credits have been approved by
the MN Boards of Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing.