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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for SSW Students

Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. beginning June 11th and ending August 13th (with the exception of break week), Helen Hills Chapel. Please note: The June 11th and August 6th sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - Adapted for SSW Students. This is a non-credit offering sponsored by the school to promote student wellbeing and self-care. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and negative affect among health and mental health professionals and increase positive affect and self-compassion. This course provides an introduction to core MBSR practices in a shortened time-frame, geared to busy Smith students who would like to explore the potential of mindfulness to manage stress, increase well-being and sustain them in their professional pursuits as a clinical social worker. Please note this is not a course in teaching MBSR with others, but rather a course focused on one’s own personal stress management. It will be facilitated by Annemarie Gockel, a member of the resident faculty, who has trained in MBSR, and Lynn Koerbel, who teaches MBSR at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness.

The course will take place on campus in the Helen Hills Chapel on each consecutive Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8:00pm beginning June 11th and ending August 13th (with the exception of break week). An Orientation Meeting for all those interested in participating will be held Wednesday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the lounge of the Chapel. Enrollment is limited and students must be able to attend all sessions of the course to participate.