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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Winter 2018

About the Course

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Clinical Social Workers is an eight-week educational program that enables you to explore a wide variety of mindfulness practices in a supported setting with other clinicians. Research has demonstrated that MBSR has measureable benefits including reducing stress, fostering emotional regulation and promoting well-being. This structured, sequential program provides a foundation for a personal practice of mindfulness that can enhance your resilience, while helping you develop an experiential foundation for integrating mindfulness-based approaches into your professional practice.

The program includes an orientation session to help you determine whether MBSR is right for you. Weekly 2.5 hour classes introduce you to mindfulness through guided experiential practices, and you have the opportunity to share the successes and challenges you encounter in integrating mindfulness into your daily life with other group members. A full day retreat enables you to take a deeper dive into mindfulness as a practice of self-care. 

MBSR is widely used as a stress reduction intervention for health and mental health professionals and their clients around the world. Research is increasingly suggesting that mindfulness practice can deepen your ability to be present, responsive and skillful in your clinical work, as well as enhancing your personal well-being. Whether you are exploring mindfulness for the first time, or looking for a program to support or expand your developing practice, MBSR has much to offer. 

About the Facilitator

Annemarie Gockel, M.S.W., Ph.D., LICSW, SEP, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work. She conducts research on mindfulness in clinical education and community-based intervention, and integrates mindfulness into her teaching and clinical practice. Annemarie has had an ongoing personal practice of mindfulness for more than ten years. She trained in MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness at Smith and at local community health and social service organizations.

Course Schedule

Orientation: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Next Session Begins: Saturday, February 10 – March 31, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
All Day Session: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

More Information

Cost: $350.00 - Payment by check at orientation.
Continuing Education Credits: 30 CE
Location: Smith College School for Social Work, Lilly Hall, 2nd floor Conference Room

Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited (maximum of 25 participants).
We reserve the right to cancel the course should an insufficient number of participants enroll.

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For technical assistance, email or call (413) 585-7970.


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