“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, non-judgmentally, in the present moment.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Earlier this year, the Coalition’s Domestic Violence & Mental Health Collaboration Project organized a series of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses for providers and survivors as part of our MBSR Pilot Project. The courses taught the lessons of mindfulness, defined by its founder Jon Kabat-Zinn, as “moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness”. The practice of mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, support coping and trauma recovery, and promote health and general well-being. Advocates and survivors alike can use mindfulness to increase their capacity to handle difficulties and sit with negative thoughts and feelings, better equipping them to engage with challenges and to work for social justice.
You and the survivors you work with can benefit from mindfulness and the lessons of the MBSR Pilot Project. Coalition staff and participants from member agencies will discuss the process, challenges, and successes of the MBSR courses, including key lessons for bringing these principles to your work. Carol Jakus, the highly experienced mental health clinician and MBSR instructor who taught the courses, will share her insights into using these techniques with trauma survivors and will give you concrete skills and exercises you can start using to reduce your and your clients’ stress today. Join us!
Register here: http://endgv.nonprofitsoapbox.com/mbsr-dec2017