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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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course

$234-$415

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, 5:30-7:30pm
Jan 9- Feb 26, 2020

LOCATION

      Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, Montrose, CO

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A Day of Mindfulness

$24

This is a community class, and can be a great introduction for those who work in healthcare who want to learn more about mindfulness for themselves and/or their patients. The evening will include formal mindfulness practices, gentle hatha yoga, mindful communication, and opportunity for small and large group discussion about resilience and mind body connections. Join us to learn a bit more about the benefits of mindfulness or to join others to deepen your practice.

DATE

October 12

LOCATION

Grand Junction, CO

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Tailored Programs

We can modify or create classes or content to meet the needs of your group or organization, as well as collaborate to promote your group members' participation in community classes. Examples include employee discounts, educational materials, team retreats, and workplace training.

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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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