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(Intro-UW) Introduction to Mindfulness for the UW Medicine (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings

  • 11 Sep 2016
  • 6:00 PM
  • 9 Oct 2016
  • 8:30 PM
  • UW Medicine South Lake Union, 850 Republican St Seattle, WA 98109


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Join us in the company of other clinicians, staff, and their family members, in an investigation of mindfulness from the inside out. Introduction to Mindfulness (and it's companion class Continuing with Mindfulness) are based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is the best researched mindfulness intervention with positive research indications for:

  • immune system function
  • reduce anxiety
  • prevent relapse of depression
  • reduce negative emotions responding to stress
  • manage chronic pain
  • chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders.
  • effective coping with short and long-term stressful situations.
  • growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
  • enhance compassion and altruism
  • with relationships and communication parents reduce pregnancy-related anxiety
  • professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.
  • Veterans and other sufferers of PTSD
  • with obesity - increasing “mindfulness of eating”
  • general health and wellbeing through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful

This shorter Introduction to Mindfulness class was inspired by MBSR and offers a deep taste of mindfulness training in a briefer 5-week period.

This course is for UW-affiliated clinicians and their family members. This includes UW Medicine Staff and residents/fellows/students and their family members. Please contact GME directly with eligibility questions at uwgme@uw.edu or 206.616.8286

Course details:
Introduction to Mindfulness is a structured 5-week course on mindfulness that promotes stress, health and well being.  This highly participatory, practical class includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • Group dialogue and small group exercises
  • Daily home assignments
  • Guided audio files for home practice
  • a 40-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

5 meetings: 4 regular class sessions and one extended session.

Sunday evenings 6:00pm - 8:30pm, September 11 - October 9th

Extended session: Sunday October 2nd, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD

UW School of Medicine, South Lake Union
850 Republican St., Seattle 

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$150 for UW Faculty/Staff, $50 for UW Housestaff

The fee includes all 5 meetings and instructional materials (course manual, home practice CDs). 

The classes are sponsored by UW Graduate Medical Education and UW School of Medicine Wellness Committee and offered at a reduced fee.

Registration is through UW GME via a Catalyst survey. Please follow this link to the registration page 

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