Attention Healthcare Professionals:

Earn up to 27.5 Continuing Education Credits for participation in MBSR Classes!
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
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Up to 27.5 CEs Approved for Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, and Dietitians. ISG is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits to psychologists.  International Seminars Group maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Target Audience: 
Social Work
Marriage & Family Therapy
Registered Dietitian

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Carol Hendershot, Certified MBSR Instructor
April Hadley, LLMSW, MBSR Instructor
Katy Chapman, MBSR Instructor
Learning Level: Introductory
Course Type: Live Program, to be purchased from Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness


What is MBSR?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program based on the practice of mindfulness. The key to mindfulness is a non-judgmental awareness that enables you to respond with greater clarity, stability, and understanding of life’s stressors, rather than reacting in unhealthy ways.

Pioneered in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979, MBSR is highly respected in the medical community, with classes in over 200 hospitals nationwide. Research has proven MBSR to be an evidence-based treatment modality for a number of different maladies, including chronic pain, hypertension, Cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders

Over the past 15 years, medical training centers (for physicians, occupational therapists, nurses) have begun to incorporate MBSR in their training curricula.  However, many hospital staff members have not received MBSR training in their graduate programs.  Participation in this program may not only assist hospital staff members in becoming more aware of the specifics of mindfulness practices, thereby facilitating their ability to make appropriate client referrals, but also enhance they’re own innate ability to cope with stress in general (e.g. stressful client load, challenging clients, personal stressors).

The program consists of eight weekly two and 1/2 hour classes and a one-day silent retreat (on a weekend) between sessions six and seven. Participants who complete the course can enhance their ability to relax, focus, improve performance, reduce anger, cope with chronic pain, live in the moment, find balance, clarity, and stability, and access inner resources of strength and wisdom.

MBSR Learning Objectives


  1. Summarize the history of the MBSR program in the United States
  2. Practice a brief mindful breathing meditation practice
  3. Discuss the risks and benefits of participating in the MBSR program

Class 1

  1. Define mindfulness
  2. Summarize a mindful eating meditation
  3. Summarize a body scan meditation

Class 2

  1. Practice body scan meditation in the classroom setting
  2. Describe the role of perception and conditioning in the appraisal and assessment of stress
  3. Practice a mindful breathing meditation

Class 3

  1. Practice a mindful walking meditation
  2. Practice a mindful yoga meditation
  3. Identify thoughts, feelings and body sensations experienced during pleasant events calendar home practice

Class 4

  1. Practice a mindful standing yoga routine
  2. Identify thoughts, feelings and body sensations experienced during unpleasant events calendar home practice
  3. Discuss the physiological and psychological bases of stress reactivity

Class 5

  1. Practice a 40-minute sitting meditation
  2. List common behaviors used to cope with stress
  3. Describe how mindfulness makes it possible to respond versus react to stress

Class 6

  1. Practice a mindful yoga routine
  2. Practice a 40-minute sitting meditation
  3. List 3 strategies for dealing with stressful communications

Silent Retreat

  1. Practice a mindful yoga meditation
  2. Practice sitting meditation
  3. Practice a walking meditation
  4. Practice mindful eating
  5. Practice “mountain” or “lake” meditation
  6. Practice a loving-kindness meditation

Class 7

  1. Practice a “yoga choices” exercise
  2. Practice 40-minute internal monitoring (choiceless awareness) meditation
  3. Practice a “changing seats” exercise

Class 8

  1. Practice a body scan meditation
  2. Practice a 30-minute choiceless awareness meditation
  3. Discuss ways of incorporating mindfulness in everyday life

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