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Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers (Bellingham) - Thursday Evenings

  • 7 Sep 2017
  • 12 Oct 2017
  • 5 sessions
  • 7 Sep 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 14 Sep 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 21 Sep 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 8 Oct 2017, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • 12 Oct 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Room 5/6, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
  • 13


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Eligible provider or therapist (MD, DO, PA, NP, RN, LMHC, MHC, MSW, etc.) - subsidized cost.
  • Basic course cost.

A 14-credit CME mindfulness series in Bellingham for area medical providers and therapists and their spouses or partners.

The Physicians' Well-Being Network is happy to announce new programs to enhance the health of regional healthcare providers, with gratitude for their sponsor: The St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

This course is for healthcare providers and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/RN/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner.

Course details:
Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers is a structured 5-week, 16 hour course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health and well-being. This highly participatory, practical class includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Guided instruction in stretching and mindful yoga
  • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • Group dialogue and small group exercises
  • Daily home assignments
  • A CD of meditations for home practice
  • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

This course is derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. Further details found below.

This course has been offered to physicians at many regional medical centers since 2012 including UW Medicine, Evergreen Health, The Everett Clinic, and the Skagit Valley Medical Center through the Northwest Washington Medical Society or co-sponsored with the Washington Physicians Health Program.

Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

4 classroom sessions: Thursday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm, September 7th, 14th, & 21st and October 12th (skipping September 28th & October 5th).

Extended session: Sunday October 8th, 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Classroom sessions:

St. Joseph Hospital
Conference Room 5/6 (behind the cafeteria)
2901 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98225

Extended session (Sunday October 8th):

Red Cedar Dharma Hall
1021 N. Forest St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(map and directions)

$100 subsidized base cost for providers.
$200 base cost for spouses/partners.

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

There is also an option to make a donation to extend the wellness funds of the Physicians' Well-Being Network.

To Register: Mindfulness Northwest is handling registration on behalf of the Physicians' Well-Being Network.

Register Online or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

Continuing Education:
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 14 hours of Category I Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Category 1 CME credits are generally accepted on a 1:1 equivalency by nursing, social work, mental health counseling and other licensing authorities. Health care professionals are advised to check about equivalencies with their licensing authorities in advance.

Disclosure: The Planning Committee, faculty and CME Committee of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center disclose no relevant commercial interest.

Learning Objectives:
After this education, learners should be able to:

  • 1.  Employ formal and informal mindfulness training techniques in preventive and responsive ways in high stress situations;
  • 2.  Identify the three primary components of burnout and implement mindfulness practices to reduce risk of burnout along these three axes;
  • 3.  Discuss with peers strategies for positive, mindful engagement in work and home situations which trigger stress response and unhelpful behaviors;
  • 4.  Identify helpful and unhelpful thought patterns, problem solving, emotional regulation, and meaning-focused coping strategies;
  • 5.  Show change in mindfulness, perceived stress, and burnout as shown in standardized measures administered pre and post.

Additional Details:
This course is based on the longer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training which has been shown in numerous studies to:

  • increase immune system function
  • reduce anxiety
  • prevent relapse of depression
  • reduce negative emotions responding to stress
  • manage chronic pain
  • help manage chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders
  • provide an effective coping mechanism for short and long-term stressful situations
  • encourage 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
  • help professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.
  • help veterans and other sufferers of PTSD
  • with obesity - increase “mindfulness of eating”
  • provide an increase in general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful

This condensed Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals class includes much of the MBSR material, offering a deep taste of mindfulness in a shorter class.

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