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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Classes

MBSR Classes for MU Faculty, Staff, Retirees (& Spouses/Partners)

Helping employees manage stress effectively is a key goal of Healthy for Life, the Thomas E. Atkins Wellness Program. The health system offers eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction classes at minimal cost to employees looking to manage today’s busy lifestyles in a healthy way.

Contact: Lynn Rossy, Ph.D.at RossyL@umsystem.edu.

Winter 2015 – Columbia Campus

Orientation: Wednesday, January 21, 5:30 p.m.
8 Week Class: Wednesdays, January 28 through March 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Full Day Retreat: Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. at RossyL@umsystem.edu
Cost: $40 for faculty/staff or retiree (and spouse/partner) of the University of Missouri ($20 refunded if attend 7 of 8 classes) (If you attend with your spouse/partner you only pay $40 for both of you.)
Registration Link: https://www.regonline.com/mbsrwinter2015

Winter 2015 – UMSL Campus

Orientation: Thursday, January 22, 5:15 p.m.
8 Week Class: Thursday, January 29 through March 19, 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Retreat: TBA
Contact: Bridget Rolens at  BRIDGET@pathwaystomindfulness.com
Cost: $40 for faculty/staff or retiree (and spouse/partner) of the University of Missouri ($20 refunded if attend 7 of 8 classes)
(If you attend with your spouse/partner you only pay $40 for both of you.); $180 community members (limited availability)
Registration Link: https://www.regonline.com/mbsrwinter2015umsl

MBSR Classes for MU Students:

For more information on classes for students please contact Terry Wilson at WilsonT@health.missouri.edu. Can be taken for credit or as an extracurricular class.

NOTE: These programs are appropriate for anyone wanting to learn how to respond better to the stress in their lives. Over twenty-five years of research have demonstrated the program's success at reducing psychological and physical symptoms associated with stress and helping people with problems such as depression, anxiety/worry, concentration, sleep disturbances, fatigue, headaches, and gastrointestinal distress.

Details of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program at MU

The program consists of a series of classes that meet for two hours each week plus a full day retreat (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) between weeks 6 & 7.  Classes include instruction in formal mindfulness practices (sitting meditation, body scan, mindful yoga, and walking meditation). Group discussions help you process the experiential aspect of the class, didactic components describe relevant research evidence, and practice assignments for the week help you build your skill and weave mindfulness throughout all aspects of your life. Regular class attendance and a commitment of approximately 30 minutes of practice per day for the entire duration of the course are recommended. CD/DVDs of the body scan, sitting meditation, and yoga and a manual will be provided as learning aids.

Our program is modeled after the highly successful Stress Reduction Program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. This program is described in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s best selling book, Full Catastrophe Living, and is featured in the Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary Healing and the Mind . Components of the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (by Segal, Williams, & Teasdale) is also incorporated into our program.

Since its inception, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs have been used with groups around the world as diverse as corporate employees, CEOs, educators, students (grade school through college), attorneys, judges, prison inmates, health care professionals, and professional athletes.

Who should enroll in the program?

Anyone who would like to respond with more skill and creativity to the stress in his/her life and is willing to make a commitment to regular practice and class attendance is welcome to participate.

What are the benefits I can expect?

People who have completed the program comment that they now have the skills to negotiate stressful situations more effectively and are living more balanced lives. Instead of reacting to stress in habitual ways, they respond to stress with new and creative solutions. Research has demonstrated that people who meditate recover more quickly from stressful events, resulting in numerous emotional and physical health benefits. The regular practice of mindfulness meditation can improve concentration and focus, increase the ability to relax, improve self-esteem, improve work performance, and increase energy and enthusiasm for life. In addition, this type of program has been shown to be effective at helping individuals cope with a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, stress associated with ongoing physical illness, or a particularly demanding work or life situation.

Orientation Meeting

At start of each MBSR program there will be an orientation meeting where you will be provided with information regarding the program, get your questions answered, and have the opportunity to commitment to taking the program. This is an important meeting and should be considered a part of the program.

Who should enroll in the program?

Anyone who would like to respond with more skill and creativity to the stress in his/her life and is willing to make a commitment to regular practice and class attendance is welcome to participate.

What are the benefits I can expect?

People who have completed the mindfulness program comment that they now have the skills to negotiate stressful situations more effectively and are living more balanced lives. Instead of reacting to stress in habitual ways, they respond to stress with new and creative solutions. Research has demonstrated that people who meditate recover more quickly from stressful events, resulting in numerous emotional and physical health benefits. The regular practice of mindfulness meditation can improve concentration and focus, increase the ability to relax, improve self-esteem, improve work performance, and increase energy and enthusiasm for life. In addition, this type of program has been shown to be effective at helping individuals cope with a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, stress associated with ongoing physical illness, or a particularly demanding work or life situation.

What is the cost?

The cost of this program is between $300 and $650 in the community. However, the wellness program has chosen to offer this program as a benefit to faculty and staff and is only charging $40 which covers the cost of materials, rentals, and supplies. Additionally, because we know the value of regular attendance, we will refund $20 if you attend 7 of the 8 classes.

Community members may be given the opportunity to enroll based on space for the cost of $180.00 with no refund for attendance.

For more information or to enroll in the next MBSR Program, please contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. , Health Psychologist for the T.E. Atkins Wellness Program, at RossyL@umsystem.edu.