Healthcare Providers

"Medicine and meditation, etymologically, come from the same root: to consider,advise, reflect, to take appropriate measures. But while I can try to describe what being mindful is like, words carry just so far; ultimately mindfulness is an experience--something that we have all encountered at some point."
Ronald Epstein M.D, Attending
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Check out and refer to our scheduled offerings below, and sign up to receive bi-monthly  emails for up-to-date information on classes, events, and resources. if you are a healthcare provider interested in learning more to possibly refer your patients, contact me to set up a lunch and learn or phone conversation.

Online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course


$225

This 8 week class an internationally recognized, evidence based course designed to guide and support participants in cultivating moment to moment awareness in an in depth and systematic way. The course was originally designed at University of Massachusett's Medical Center (1979- present) to support patients with medical conditions exacerbated by stress, and now is offered in a variety of settings and as a way to promote health, well BEING, and resilience in anyone seeking to increase ease and clarity in their life.

DATE

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30
Jan 21- Mar 11, 2020

LOCATION

      Zoom Online

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Mindfulness Based Stress reduction lite

$54

A strong dose of mindfulness practice and study to further integrate of moment to moment unbiased awareness into your life, or give you a taste of what mindfulness can bring to your life. LITE is a modified "do it yourself, with support" version of the evidence based, 8 week, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction developed originally out of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. This course follows the curriculum laid out in Jon Kabat Zinn's book "Full Catastrophe Living"
Audio recordings of practices and workbook so you can be supported to bring the practices into your life week by week.
Between class support, via reminders, email inspiration, videos, and individualized feedback from Nichole to keep you practicing amidst the rigors of life
Trauma informed delivery so that you can engage in these powerful practices safely and effectively,
Initial and midway group session (online) with Nichole and Lite participants so you can receive support and feedback for motivation and gains
Final feedback call
with Nichole to identify goal progress, take aways, and/or next steps in your mindfulness journey.The class runs 8 weeks- next round runs September 20-November 14, 2020

DATE

Sept 20, 2020
thru
Nov 8, 2020

LOCATION

ONLINE- register to get started

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Online Film Screening: My Year of Living Mindfully

Join me for this special viewing of the recently released film "My Year of Living Mindfully". The viewing will be followed by a 30 min discussion about the film."In the midst of a growing mental illness epidemic, award-winning health journalist Shannon Harvey enlists a team of scientists to put meditation to the test. As she travels 30,000 kilometres around the world, from the bright lights of Manhattan to the dusty refugee camps of the Middle East, she has one simple question in mind: Could learning to quiet our busy minds be the solution the world so desperately needs?In her search for the mental equivalent of a 30 minute daily work-out, the best of investigative science journalism meets the most personal of storytelling as Shannon interweaves her journalistic diary with the intimate stories of the people she meets along the way.What begins as a year-long self-experiment transforms into a life-changing experience."

DATE

Next free film screening
2021

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About MBSR and Healthcare Providers

These are the duties of physicans : First .....to heal his mind and give help to himself before giving it to anyone else. Epitaph of an Athenian doctor, AD 2

Mindfulness practice, and MBSR  offers benefits specific to those working in the health care profession. Practicing and supporting moment to moment awareness with an attitude of non judgement can be a soothing balm for the physical and emotional tensions within and without that are inherent in medical settings.  Over 250 hospitals in the United States offer MBSR programs to patients and staff. There is  evidence supporting its efficacy in supplementing whole person care and alleviating stress, tension, and anxiety that often accompanies chronic health conditions. This is good for patients and the providers treating them.

Additionally, early research indicates that nurses, doctors, social workers, and counselors who participate in multi week mindfulness training, such as the MBSR course, report reduced burnout, decreased stress, and increased capacity for empathy and compassionate care. Mindfulness practice has the potential to improve mental flexibility and alertness in the present moment, improve emotional regulation and resiliency, and support the emergence of compassion for self and others; all boons in a health care climate of constant change, increased use of technology, and the pressures of productivity standards.

Benefits

Research has supported a variety of potential benefits from practicing mindfulness. With a daily 30 min practice, some studies found changes in the brain in as little as two weeks  (Davidson, et la).

Self report of reduced burnout
Mindfulness practices have been linked to improvement in several areas of emotional intelligence
Reduced activation in the brain of vicarious pain and distress
One pilot study showed that medical teams with mindfulness training receive higher patient satisfaction scores
Reduced falls and medical errors and improved response to crises
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