Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction - an adaptation of the MBSR program

Our program will teach you how to use mindfulness and mindfulness meditation as a self-regulation approach for your stress reduction and emotion management.

Program Description

Limited to 18 people. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.  

The content and format of this program is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), a research-based program westernized by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. This eight session program is called an "adaptation of MBSR" because it follows the primary format of the MBSR course though it is  provided in slightly fewer hours and does not include the ninth session which is a full day silent retreat that is part of the standard MBSR training. You will receive systematic instruction for how to use mindfulness and mindfulness meditation as a self-regulation approach to your stress reduction and emotion management. Nearly three decades of research around the world suggest that learning these techniques can positively and significantly impact a person's ability to reduce medical symptoms, stress and other psychological stress. The end result is a life that is more balanced, peaceful, and healthier. People are able to more effectively manage their emotions and stresses in the work environment and in their personal lives. Content level is beginning and intermediate.

Target audience: primarily human service professionals though anyone who wants to learn MBSR practice may register.

Our eight, 90-minute sessions cover:

  • An introduction to the concept of mindfulness
  • How to perform a body scan
  • How to use mindfulness to respond and reduce your stress versus reacting to stress
  • How to practice meditations
  • How to review the various aspects of stress triggers and reactions in your life
  • How to use a pleasant events calendar for your life
  • How to incorporate Hatha Yoga breathing and posture into your life
  • How to sustain the benefits you have gained from the program

Learning Objectives

Common reasons to take the class: • Reduce work & personal stress to improve performance and productivity • Improve health and overall well-being with health conditions such as high blood pressure, chronic pain, GI distress, headaches, and many other conditions • Improve anxiety, depression, panic attacks, fatigue & sleep disturbances • Improve self-care through prevention and achieve a greater sense of balance and well-being.

Learning Objectives:

• Recognize the concept of mindfulness and the evidence behind it;

• Perform body scans;

• Use mindfulness to respond and reduce stress vs. reacting to stress;

• Practice meditations weekly in class;

• Identify the various aspects of stress triggers and reactions in our lives;

• Use a pleasant events calendar;

• Integrate Hatha Yoga breathing and posture into regular practice;

• Integrate the benefits into daily life in a sustained way;

• Use DVD provided for daily practice. 

 

Dates & Times

The eight sessions are Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24; and Nov. 7, 14, 2018. (Note: No class on 9/19/18 & 10/31/18.)

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.  

Research

Research related to the benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques can be found at SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Please note that this program contains many of the standard MBSR components. 

Cost & Registration

Fee: $299 by August 15, 2018. $339 after August 15, 2018. Limited to 18 people. Register early! No additional discounts may be applied to the early bird price. 

Refund & Cancellation Policy: No refunds after the start of the program. Full refunds or credit letters, if desired, will be issued to those who cancel within 10 work days before the first training date minus a $25 processing fee.

Use the button below for the brochure which has a mail-in registration form on the last page (check or money order) or the button for online registration and payment (credit, debit or eCheck).

CEUs Included

NYS OASAS Provider #0045: 12 renewal hours for CASAC, CPP & CPS; 12 initial hours in Section 4 CPS

NY Social Workers: UB School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 12 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: UB School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 12 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: UB School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 12 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: UB School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 12 live in-person contact hours are approved.

Contact Us

For questions, contact us by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or phone at 716-829-5841.

Location

University at Buffalo
Room 214, Parker Hall
3435 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214

Instructor - Andy Browning, LMHC, CRC

Instructor Bio

Andrea (Andy) Browning, LMHC, CRC, previously worked as a therapist in a research project for UB’s Research Institute on Addictions to determine the effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction on individuals with a substance abuse dependence diagnosis.  This involved MBSR training and ongoing supervision as well as facilitation of MBSR groups. Prior positions in Buffalo, NY include working at Kaleida Health, Outpatient Trauma/Co-occurring Disorder program; Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services; and Volunteer Alternatives to Violence Project. Since 2012, Andy has lived out of country serving as primary caregiver for a family member. During this time, she relied on her mindfulness stress reduction skills to bring peace and light to each day. Andy was a co-trainer of our MBSR adaption program in 2010 and 2011 along with instructor Marcy Brimo, LCSW-R. She taught the fall 2017 course for us and received excellent evaluations.