Institute

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)

Stress is an inevitable part of life. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is an evidenced-based program to help individuals practice mindfulness in one’s own life.

Contact Information

Paula Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Dean of the D'Amour College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

508.767.7550


Location

Founders Hall - Room 317

Stress is an inevitable part of life. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is an evidenced-based program designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 40 years ago to discover what it means to practice mindfulness in one’s own life. Mindfulness provides a skillful means to live the life we currently have.

MBSR has been found to have a variety of benefits, including:

  • Increased engagement in and enjoyment of life
  • Reduction in the experience of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Improvement in physical health

During this course, participants will learn several approaches for starting a formal meditation practice in order to support your cultivation of mindfulness. In addition, you will learn a variety of small but powerful methods for increasing mindfulness in everyday life. In a culture motivated by busyness and achievement, the invitation to be quiet and sit with yourself can sound both daunting and liberating. Come experience the power of mindfulness in your own life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Engage in “formal” mindfulness meditation methods such as body scan, gentle yoga, sitting and walking meditation
  • Engage in “informal” mindfulness meditation practices to develop mindfulness in everyday life
  • Explore hindrances to mindfulness in your own life
  • Develop and integrate mindfulness-based self-regulatory skills and capacities

This program is hosted by the Clinical Counseling Psychology Program, in conjunction with the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies and the Institute for School Counseling and School Psychology at Assumption University. 

The MBSR program is taught online via Zoom and requires an eight-week commitment to attend the weekly 2.5-hour sessions.

Program Features:

  • Orientation (required to attend program)
  • Weekly Session: 2.5 hour each week (first session extended by 30 minutes and last session by 30 minutes)
  • All-Day Retreat: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The program requires a minimum of 10 registrants to run.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Assumption