Events

March 26, 2015 to May 14, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Yaffa Maritz, LMHC and Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH
Mindful Self-Compassion 8-Week Course
Thursdays either 11AM - 1PM or 6:30PM - 8:30PM with retreat on Sun 5/3 from 1:30 - 5:00pm  »  CCFW

Morning section: Registration is currently full. Please sign up for the waitlist here

Evening section: Registration is currently full. Please sign up for the waitlist here.

Mindful Self-Compassion or “MSC” is an empirically-supported 8-week training program developed by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff.  It helps participants cultivate the mental and emotional habit of mindful self-compassion by learning the process of infusing our moment-to-moment experience with kindness, especially when we feel frustrated, hurt, inadequate, or overwhelmed. Mindful self-compassion is the first step in emotional healing—being able to be-friend oneself, turn inwardly and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity and love, rather than self-judgment, or self-criticism.

Perhaps most importantly, cultivating self-compassion means that we honor and accept our humanness. Things will not always go the way we want them to. We often encounter frustrations and losses. We make mistakes and bump up against our limitations, or fall short of our ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by us all. The more we open our heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting against it, the more we will be able to feel compassion for ourselves and all our fellow humans.

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts resilience, happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives. MSC can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of recognizing moments of difficulty, and repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves. It extends cultivation of that same desire beyond ourselves to all living beings to live happily and free from suffering. In the weekly program, participants will learn through activities such as meditation, experiential exercises, short presentations, group discussion and home practices. Learning is mostly experiential and includes current theory and research on self-compassion. 

Class Schedule

Morning section: Meets from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Evening section: Meets from 6:30pm - 8:30pm (9:00pm for class 1)
 
Thurs, March 26, 2015: 11:00am - 1:00 pm (morning) & 6:30 - 9:00 pm (evening)
Thurs, April 2, 2015: 11:00am - 1:00 pm (morning) & 6:30 - 8:30 pm (evening)
Thurs, April 9, 2015: 11:00am - 1:00 pm (morning) & 6:30 - 8:30 pm (evening)
Thurs, April 16, 2015: 11:00am - 1:00 pm (morning) & 6:30 - 8:30 pm (evening)
Thurs, April 23, 2015: 11:00am - 1:00 pm (morning) & 6:30 - 8:30 pm (evening)
Wed, April 29, 2015: 6:30 - 8:30 pm (evening)
Thurs, April 30, 2015: 11:00am - 1:00pm (morning)
Sun, May 3, 2015: 1:30 - 5:00 pm (half-day retreat, both sections)
Thurs, May 7, 2015: 11:00am - 1:00 pm (morning) & 6:30 - 8:30 pm (evening)
Thurs, May 14, 2015: 11:00am - 1:00 pm (morning) & 6:30 - 8:30 pm (evening)
 

Yaffa Maritz, LMHC is a co-founder of Listening Mothers and clinical director of both Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting, two research based parenting programs. She is the founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting. Yaffa was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and served on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children’s social, emotional, and mental health. Yaffa participated in the Stanford yearlong teachers training program called CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) that was offered   through CCare, and also completed the advanced training program in MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) with Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. She is looking forward to working together with Elizabeth Lin and sharing the wisdom of this program with our community. 

Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH.  Dr. Lin, a family medicine physician, is a clinical professor at the School of Medicine, University of Washington and an affiliate scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Dr. Lin is well-known for research on improving mind-body health in general medical settings. Elizabeth has had a daily meditation practice for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively with leaders in mindfulness programs, and began teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 4 years ago. Dr. Lin recently trained with Drs. Chris Germer and Kristen Neff, to become a teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion.  She is very much looking forward to co-teaching this course with Ms. Yaffa Maritz.

*CCFW has a limited number of financial aid awards available. To apply, please visit https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140 (priority deadline: Feb 26, 2015)

March 31, 2015 to May 19, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course
Tuesday evenings 6 - 8:30pm (Class 1 will end at 9pm), 5/9 retreat 9am - 3pm  »  CCFW

Registration is currently full. Please review this note from Dr. Lin before registering to ensure this course will be a proper fit for your needs. Add your name to the waitlist here.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. to reduce stress and increase well-being. It is flourishing worldwide. This 8-week course combines contemplative practices based in Eastern philosophy, western psychology, and cutting-edge neuroscience.  Attitudes of kindness, acceptance and patience provide a foundation for the practices of sustained focus, self-regulation and self-exploration.  A greater sense of balance, choice and freedom is cultivated.

Benefits of MBSR: Participants have remarked, “Mindfulness has changed how I live and see the world, how I interact with others." This course contributes to:

1. Reduced stress and chronic pain
2. Improved mood
3. Overcoming sleep problems
4. Decreased anxiety
5. Increased immunity
6. Enhanced resilience, joy, and compassion
7. Healthy aging

In this 8-week experiential course consisting of weekly classes and home practices, participants will learn exercises to:

1. Increase awareness of body sensations (body scan)
2. Mindful movement and stretching (yoga)
3. Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences
4. Awareness of thoughts and emotions
5. Increase compassion for ourselves and others
6. Latest research on mind-body response to stress and change
7. Practices to cultivate mindfulness throughout the day, living each moment to its fullest

The course will be taught by Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Dr. Lin is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and an affiliate scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Dr. Lin is well-known for scientific studies on improving mental and behavioral health for patients in general medical settings. Elizabeth has trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness at U of Massachusetts, as well as other leading professors and teachers in this field. She has had a daily meditation practice for more than 20 years, and has taught MBSR for the last 4 years. 

*CCFW has a limited number of financial aid awards available. To apply, please visit https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140 (priority deadline: Feb 24, 2015)

April 8, 2015 to May 27, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
Mindfulness in Everyday Activities
Wednesdays from 6:30-9pm with a retreat on Saturday May 16 (TBA)  »  CCFW

Registration required (closes 3/30/15). Please register here.

This class is open to all people who have a busy schedule and want to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life. We will use the practice of small steps to gradually allow mindfulness to enrich our lives using methods applied to everyday experience that will require a minimum amount of extra time. The purpose of this approach is to integrate mindful awareness into activities you already engage in, rather than “adding” mindfulness practices to an already busy schedule. We will also introduce practice techniques that develop the direction of the mind toward more positivity and connection to experience. Participants will have the option to practice and experience mindful meditation, but as an optional support to the experience of everyday life.
 
Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will be better able to: 
 
1. Develop a mindfulness practice that permeates everyday experience and allows for perpetual growth, while also preparing one for a meditation practice should one desire.
2. Be able to practice several techniques that promote a more positive attitude and self-compassion towards oneself and others.
3. Become familiar with the concept and science of taking very small steps to make significant changes in one’s life.
4. Become more adept at allowing and making steady progress towards growth and fulfillment of our intentions without guilt.
 
Class size: 10 - 25 participants
Please note: CCFW requries a minimum of 10 participants to run this class. If we must cancel this class due to under enrollment, you will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the start date and you will receive a full refund. 
 
Class Schedule
4-Class Sessions: Select Wednesdays from 6:30 - 9:00 pm between April 8 and May 27, 2015 at CCFW
Daylong Retreat: Saturday May 16, 2015 (time and location TBA)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
Saturday, May 16, 2015: TBA
Wednesday, May 27, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
 
About the Instructor
Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness  and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles.   Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools.  His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.
 
*CCFW has a limited number of financial aid awards available. To apply, please visit https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140 (priority deadline: March 8, 2015)
April 15, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
Learning to Meditate
Wednesdays from 6:30-9pm with a retreat on Saturday May 16 (TBA)  »  CCFW

Registration required (closes 4/6/15). Please register here

This class will focus on instruction in formal meditation practice. Most of the instruction will be on a beginner level with no previous experience required. Guided meditations will be generally followed by discussion and experiential inquiry. Several types of meditation instruction will be offered: narrow focused attention meditation, wide focused meditation, loving-kindness meditation, and walking meditation. General discussions on the neurophysiology and scientific basis of meditation will be provided.
 
Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will be better able to: 
1. Continue a home practice of meditation.
2. Understand the scientific basis of meditation on a beginning level.
3. Practice several forms of meditation and understand the potential results and basic neurophysiology of each.
 
Class size: 10 - 25 participants
Please note: CCFW requries a minimum of 10 participants to run this class. If we must cancel this class due to under enrollment, you will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the start date and you will receive a full refund. 
 
Class Schedule
4-Class Sessions: Select Wednesdays from 6:30 - 9:00 pm between April 15 and June 3, 2015 at CCFW
Daylong Retreat: Saturday May 16, 2015 (time and location TBA)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
Saturday, May 16, 2015: TBA
Wednesday, May 20, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
 
About the Instructor
Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness  and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles.   Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools.  His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.
 
*CCFW has a limited number of financial aid awards available. To apply, please visit https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140 (priority deadline: March 15, 2015)
April 17, 2015
Special Events
Dr. Adele Diamond
Research Insights into Promoting the Well-being of Children and their Families
7:00 - 8:30 pm  »  Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Registration required (early-bird rates until 4/1/15; closes 4/16/15). Please register here. Registration is for the keynote address only. 

Visit http://depts.washington.edu/ccfwb/content/2015-mindfulness-research-conference for full conference details. 

Join us for a dynamic evening as Dr. Adele Diamond presents the keynote address for CCFW's biennial Mindfulness Research Conference. 

Abstract

The most important predictor of the success of an early childhood program, psychotherapy, or a parent-child relationship is that the child feel that his/her teacher, therapist, or parent really, truly cares about him or her. Your love -- your openness to truly listen; being there for a child when he or she needs you -- is more important than your knowledge or skill or doing the textbook-perfect thing. So relax; you don’t need to have read all the books or have the perfect methodology. And, you can do the textbook-perfect thing, but if it doesn’t come from the right place, it will not have the desired result. 

There is a bi-directional relationship between the prefrontal cortex of the brain and stress. Stress impairs the functioning of prefrontal cortex but prefrontal cortex can help us handle stress. When you feel stressed, putting feelings into words produces therapeutic effects on the brain – it gets prefrontal cortex more involved.

Evidence shows the fundamental interrelatedness of the different parts of ourselves, and of each of us to one another. Physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health are all fundamentally interconnected. Prefrontal cortex and executive functions are the first to suffer, and suffer disproportionately, if we are sad, stressed, lonely, sleep-deprived, or not physically fit. (You may have noticed that when you are stressed or ill you cannot think as clearly or exercise as good self-control.) Conversely, we show better executive functions when we are happy, feel socially supported, and are physically fit. We need to nurture the whole child; our children need to do things that they are passionately interested in and which bring them joy, they need to feel they are in supportive community they can count on, and their bodies need to be strong and healthy. 

About Dr. Diamond

Adele Diamond is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  One of the pioneers in the field of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Adele is at the forefront of research on executive functions. Executive functions include 'thinking outside the box' (cognitive flexibility), mentally relating ideas and facts (working memory), and giving considered responses rather than impulsive ones, resisting temptations and staying focused (inhibitory control, including selective attention). These abilities are crucial for problem-solving, creativity, reasoning, and success in all life’s aspects. Adele studies how executive functions are affected by biological factors (e.g., genes and neurochemistry) and by environmental ones (e.g., impaired by stress or improved by interventions) especially in children. She has made discoveries that have improved treatment for medical disorders (PKU and ADHD) and impacted early education, improving the lives of thousands of children. Her work has shown that executive functions can be improved at any age, even in the very young. Recently Adele has turned her attention to the possible roles of traditional activities, such as music and dance, in improving executive functions, academic outcomes, and mental health. See Dr. Diamond's recent TEDx talk: Turning some Ideas on their Head 

Click here for Dr. Diamond's full biography and abstract

April 17, 2015 to April 18, 2015
Special Events
Biennial Mindfulness Research Conference
Mindful Families, Schools & Communities: Research-to-Practice Promoting Child Well-being
April 17 from 1:00 - 8:30pm & April 18 from 8:00am - 5:00pm  »  Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Registration required (closes 4/13/15). Save 15% when you register 2 or more individuals. Discounts for students and poster presenters. Please register here.