Mindfulness & Resilience

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Health Care Professionals and Educators

Date and time: Sessions held online, Tuesdays 5:30pm - 7:30pm from September 22nd through November 24th, 2020 EDT GMT -4 /EST GMT -5

Additional 1/2 Day Retreat from 9:00am - 1:00pm on Saturday October 24th, 2020

Fee: $525.00 + HST (10 week online course)

Registration: Click here

Questions? Contact us at cmereg@mcmaster.ca

Health care and health care education is becoming increasingly stressful with technological advances, inequities, changing resources and the ongoing pandemic. We are managing expectations from colleagues, learners, teams, patients, families and ourselves. This stress may lead to care-giver fatigue, moral distress and feelings of helplessness often impacting one’s health and well-being both personally and professionally.

This course is geared specifically towards health care professionals, staff, and educators and is designed to promote personal and professional wellness, resilience and capacity. Through discussion, exploration and guided meditation and mindful movement practices, participants will have the opportunity to develop/ deepen their personal mindfulness practice as well as to examine the interface between mindfulness practice and the arts of healing and teaching.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of relating to life circumstances so that life can be approached with greater calm, clarity and wisdom.

Past participants report greater ability to deal with stress both personally and professionally; improved physical and psychological health and greater enthusiasm and energy for life.

Course objectives:

  • Understand the conceptual foundations of mindfulness

  • Develop/ deepen mindfulness meditation, mindful movement and mindful body practices

  • Learn exercises to enhance awareness in everyday daily life

  • Develop methods to deepen interpersonal communication

  • Find ways to integrate mindfulness into clinical practice and/or education

This course is suitable for:

  • Beginners or those wanting to deepen their practice.

  • Anyone interested in the role of mindfulness in health care or health care education

  • No prior experience in mindfulness required

Course Faculty

Elaine Principi, B.H.Sc.PT., M.Ed. - Co-Chair of the Program for Faculty Development (PFD) Discovering Resilience Curriculum. Elaine has completed numerous courses including: MBSR, Mindful Self Compassion, 16 Guidelines for Life and Mindful Ambassador Council. With 10 yrs. of personal meditation practice and training as an ethics consultant and facilitator of Crucial Conversations, she has taught a wide variety of courses on mindfulness, resilience and communication.

Valerie Spironello MSW RSW - Valerie has been a social worker for over 30 yrs. including working in health care, child welfare and family violence. She has a private practice offering counselling and workshops to support others in living well. (choosewellness.ca). Valerie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She is trained in: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; Mindful Self-Compassion; Mindful Communication; Transformative Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation in Clinical Practice. She has studied and taught at the University of Toronto Applied Mindfulness program and teaches through McMaster PFD. Valerie has attended, as well as co-led, numerous meditation courses/retreats, and has a long standing personal meditation practice. Her wish is to support others in learning about this life-changing practice.

Cancellation Policy: McMaster University, Program for Faculty Development reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient registration or any circumstances beyond our control. Cancellations received prior to September 8th ,2020 will be refunded minus a 25% administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after this date.