Mindfulness Group Program
The intention of the Mindfulness Program is to create a structured pathway to relieve suffering and increase wellbeing for people facing challenges arising from a wide range of medical and psychological conditions and the demands and stressors inherent in the everyday lives of human beings. The curriculum of the program focuses on the experiential cultivation of both “formal” and “informal” mindfulness practice as a means of familiarizing oneself with awareness itself (mindfulness). The recognition of an innate, ever-present awareness is the foundation for the development of positive health behaviors and emotional resilience, and an overarching sense of wellbeing that can be effectively cultivated and relied upon for life.
The Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management (MBSM) Program is designed for individuals experiencing stress related to life events (relationships, work, family, depression, anxiety, loss, etc.). Over 8 weeks, each weekly session focuses on cultivating mindfulness skills through the following themes:
- body awareness;
- understanding our perceptions of ourselves, others, and the world;
- cultivating tolerance of distress; and
- transforming reactivity into respons-ability.
The program is provided over 8 weeks, 1.5 hours each week in a small group based setting. Home practice is assigned weekly, the daily formal and informal practices help establish mindfulness skills. The participant will be provided with a workbook, which includes a session summary to assist with home practices.
MBSM emphasizes focused attention to one’s thoughts without judgment, developed for stress reduction, it has since been proven to be enormously helpful for patients with anxiety, panic, depression, chronic pain, and a wide range of medical conditions. MBSM can also help people without mental health or medical conditions improve the quality of their lives and overcome struggles and life changes. This approach has been recognized as an effective intervention which leads to positive psychological outcomes and is more cost-effective than other therapeutic approaches, as it is a curriculum driven, structured pathway to stress reduction. Studies have shown many physical, psychological and emotional health benefits to participating in Mindfulness-based programs.
For more information on the Mindfulness Group Program please email Emily Millar at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindfulness can also be offered on an individual basis.