Tuesday, July 23, 2013

MBSR Classes Bedford, NH Fall 2013


MBSR: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program 

  Spring 2014

Class Information:
Name: The Traditional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, MBSR

Date: Consecutive Wednesdays March 5th through April 23rd 
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM*
Cost: $275 ($100 discount off the full price to any and all health care, day care, school, law enforcement, or fire/rescue employees located throughout the state.)

If the cost for the class seems beyond your reach or puts undue strain on your budget, please let me know. My personal aim is to bring the MBSR program to as many people as I can, by whatever means possible. I am most willing to work with you to make it affordable. Please, do not hesitate to email or call me so we can make it work for you to take this wonderful class together!
Days: All classes held on Wednesdays 7PM to 9:15PM and one Saturday, April 12th 8:45AM to 2:45PM
Venue: Riddle Brook School : ROOM 216
Address: 230 New Boston Road Bedford, NH
Phone: Cecilia Howard
Email: cbhoward@mac.com
Website: The Mindful Matrix See Website for more details and prior posts.

*Orientation, which is required of all participants, will be held on Wednesday February 12th, 7PM to 8:30PM. You must pre-register with the instructor prior to orientation night. Deadline to register is Friday February 7th, 2014.

Should you need to withdraw for any reason please note the following:

A full refund will be given prior to the first class on March 5th.
A 50% refund will be given prior to the start of the 2nd class.
No refunds after Class Two.

The orientation is important to attend. It is a chance for you to hear a course overview and learn some of the history behind the development of this outstanding program.  It is also a tried and true measure of deciding if MBSR is right for you. You do not need to pay in full for the classes until orientation night. 








The MBSR program enables participants to learn and develop powerful inner resources for coping with stress, anxiety and uncertainty while enhancing stability in the midst of difficult situations. The result of which is greater health, balance, ease, clarity and peace of mind.
Participants will experience and learn guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, gentle stretching and mindful yoga, methods of mindful communication, as well as both group and individualized instruction. 

Founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor Emeritus, the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Program is the place where the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) all began. To date it has given rise to over 750 programs worldwide, as well as led the way toward over 30 years of research to substantiate its effectiveness.

This carefully laid out program closely follows the current format used by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It will enable participants to continue on with what they have learned long after the 8-weeks are over. The class itself is highly supportive and well structured and the instructor, who received training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, is well versed in guiding the program.
Potential students should contact the instructor as soon as possible to register, as space is limited.  Please call 603-801-8945 or use the email link above in the information box. 
PLEASE NOTE: This is the traditional, consecutive 8-week program that was developed and launched by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn over 30 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School that to date has given rise to well over 750 MBSR programs worldwide. The instructor for this program, Cecilia Howard, was professionally trained to teach MBSR and completed both the practicum teacher training at UMASS Medical School  and the 7-Day MBSR Professional Training Retreat for health care providers and educators: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine led by Jon Kabat-Zinn,PhD. and Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA. Cecilia is a long time meditator and yoga practitioner, having practiced both for over 21 years. In addition to this program, she teaches meditation classes for the Town of Bedford, teaches Mindful Living classes at Goffstown HS  through the Adult Education program and runs a mindfulness meditation practice group that meets at BYPC in Bedford once a month on a Sunday from 10AM to 11:15AM. She is also a professionally trained and educated artist, writer of a Blog called The Mindful Matrix and a former banking and sales/marketing professional who in addition to her early management career, developed and taught a myriad of leadership, business development and team building programs. She is a trained public speaker and true motivator. Her humor and enthusiasm,  as well as her open-minded approach to life are invaluable assets to her when teaching or guiding students.



Sunday, July 21, 2013

Not All MBSR Classes are Created Equal


For those of you unfamiliar with MBSR, it is a program that takes a systematic approach toward empowering participants to feel more connected and self aware.  The results of which assist people in dealing, much more effectively, with the emotional ups and downs that challenge us all, every day. The class incorporates gentle movement, (suitable for people with mobility issues) mindful meditation, group dialogue/feedback, home practice/homework, and an all day, mini-retreat that further enhances a persons ability to continue along with what they have learned long after the class has ended. The program provides people with a renewed sense of focus. The Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where it was developed and launched by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. in 1979, has over 30 years of scientific research to demonstrate the effectiveness of MBSR. In a nutshell, it works!

All potential and existing teachers of MBSR take great care in preparing and training to instruct their classes. Many of the MBSR teachers are not certified. In fact,  the process of certification, as outlined and established at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society is quite long and time consuming, and can take 4 years or more to complete.   More importantly, before a teacher can even be considered for certification they must teach a total of at least 8, complete MBSR training programs,  as well as pursue a myriad of other requirements concerning further personal and professional development. A daunting task, but one that is totally necessary in order to maintain the integrity of both the program and the teacher.

It would seem given the abundance of MBSR classes springing up all over the entire world,  that the terms "mindfulness" and "MBSR" are in danger of commodification,  something that I am most acutely aware of as I move along my intended path toward certification.  As such, I take great pains to reassure all my new and potential MBSR students that I am not looking to use MBSR as a vehicle for anything other than simply wanting the program to be accessible to as many people who could benefit from it the most.  In turn, they can perhaps pass along, through their words or actions, a symbiotic sharing of the training called MBSR.

MBSR classes are not all equal. So please be sure when you are doing your homework looking for MBSR programs near you, that you look for people trained to instruct your class that have been taught at well respected and leading MBSR teacher training programs. The University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society is the uncontested leader in this field as it all started from the Stress Reduction Clinic in the basement of the hospital there, some 30 years a go, and now, worldwide over 750 programs exist. There are other excellent teacher training programs, such as at University of California in San Diego (UCSD )or in the UK, at Bangor University, just to name a few.

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of MBSR: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently informed a room full of 200 plus current and potential MBSR teachers that the only program that should use the name "MBSR" is those that follow the full, traditional 8-week format. He further clarified this by mentioning that some organizations have asked to use elements or abbreviated versions of the program, while wanting to call it MBSR, or have MBSR in the class title. Jon's response, in brief, "If it isn't MBSR, do not call it MBSR." He stated also that it is wonderful that so many people want to incorporate mindfulness or use aspects of MBSR into programs they too are developing. His request was to name it something more conducive to what it is that you are actually teaching, unless the program follows the traditional 8-week MBSR format.

Sadly, "let the buyer, or in this case the participant beware" as the potential consumerism of mindfulness exists, so one must exercise a bit of care when selecting an MBSR class. The good news is there are PLENTY of high quality trained, both certified and uncertified instructors, out there worldwide teaching wonderful classes. They do so in a well intentioned, and deep rooted awareness of what being an MBSR teacher is all about in the world today. The equally good news, there are an abundance of MBSR teachers and classes yet to come, as efforts are underway to incorporate this program into an ever growing number of schools, hospitals and businesses.

PLEASE SEE MY PREVIOUS POST FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING THE TRADITIONAL 8-WEEK MBSR PROGRAM COMING TO BEDFORD, NH THIS FALL.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

MBSR Classes Bedford, NH

OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT 
REGISTER BY END OF JANUARY FOR A $50 DISCOUNT
 
MBSR Winter/SPRING 2016 Bedford NH

Learn About MBSR:  The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week Program to decide if it "Feels Right For You." Anyone can attend, so bring along a friend, relative or colleague!

FREE Orientation* and Information Session

Monday, FEBRUARY 8th, 2015 
(Snow Date Monday Feb 15th)
Riddle Brook School
230 New Boston Road 
Bedford, NH
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00PM

The Actual Classes will run on Monday evenings 7PM to 9:00PM.  Some classes run a bit longer, so allow for this in your schedule please:

March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18 May 2, plus one Saturday April 16th 8:45AM to 3PM

Make sure the dates work for you, especially the Saturday class....if you have to miss more then 2 weekly classes, or the Saturday class, or the orientation, you should take the program at another time. It is important to make every effort to attend classes.......MBSR is not a "part-time" class and in order to receive the best possible outcome, plan on making sure your schedule allows for this 8-week program.


Course Cost for Spring 2016 is $325 and includes all class materials, CD's, and all classes, with an additional  $100 discount offered to any current school employee located throughout NH or MA, or anyone over the age of 65. 


Please keep in mind, if the full cost for the actual 8-week, traditional class seems beyond your reach or puts undue strain on your budget, please let me know this fact. My personal aim is to bring the MBSR program to as many people as I can, by whatever means possible. I am most willing to work with you to make it affordable. Please, do not hesitate to email or call me so we can make it work for you to take this wonderful class together! No need to pay for class until Orientation night concludes. Payment is due in full at the end of this night.


*Orientation is required of all participants who intend to enroll in the Spring 2016, 8-week session. No exceptions, so if you cannot attend, you will need to chose another time to take the class.
You must pre-register with the instructor for the Orientation and Information Night. Deadline to register is Friday the 5th of February.


The orientation is important to attend. It is a chance for you to hear a course overview and learn some of the history behind the development of this outstanding program. It is also a tried and true measure of deciding if MBSR is right for you. You do not need to pay for the full program until orientation night.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The 8-week, traditional MBSR program enables participants to learn and develop powerful inner resources for coping with stress, anxiety and uncertainty while enhancing stability in the midst of difficult situations. The result of which is greater health, balance, ease, clarity and peace of mind.

Participants will experience and learn guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, gentle stretching and mindful yoga, methods of mindful communication, as well as particiapte in both group and individualized instruction.

Founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor Emeritus, the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Program is the place where the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) all began. To date it has given rise to over 750 programs worldwide, as well as led the way toward over 30 years of research to substantiate its effectiveness.

This carefully laid out program closely follows the current format used by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It will enable participants to continue on with what they have learned long after the 8-weeks are over. The class itself is highly supportive and well structured and the instructor, who received training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, is well versed in guiding the program.

Potential students should contact the instructor as soon as possible to register, as space is limited. Please call 603-801-8945 or email me at cbhoward@mac.com.


NOTE: Cecilia teaches the traditional, consecutive 8-week program that was developed and launched by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn over 30 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, that to date has given rise to well over 750 MBSR programs worldwide.  Cecilia Howard, was professionally trained to teach MBSR and completed both the practicum teacher training at UMASS Medical School and the 7-Day MBSR Professional Training Retreat for health care providers and educators:  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine led by Jon Kabat-Zinn,PhD. and Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA. Cecilia is a long time meditator and yoga practitioner, having practiced both for over 21 years. In addition to this program, she teaches meditation classes for the Town of Bedford, has taught Mindful Living classes at Goffstown HS through the Adult Education program, and meditation classes for the Manchester YMCA, and currently runs a mindfulness meditation practice group that meets at BYPC in Bedford once a month on a Sunday from 10AM to 11:15AM. She is also a professionally trained and educated artist, writer of a Blog called The Mindful Matrix and a former banking and sales/marketing professional who in addition to her early management career, developed and taught a myriad of leadership, business development and team building programs. She is a trained public speaker and true motivator. Her humor and enthusiasm, as well as her open-minded approach to life are invaluable assets to her when teaching or guiding students.