Events

July 20, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Dr. Liliana Lengua
Mindfulness in Parenting: Creating More "Best Parenting Moments"
6:30 - 8:30 pm  »  CCFW

Registration required (closes July 17, 2015). Early bird rates through June 30. Please register here

Dr. Liliana Lengua, Child Psychologist, Psychology Professor and Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being will lead this training on evidence-based mindful parenting, including tools for bringing mindfulness into your everyday interactions with your child.

Using best practices in parenting is challenging for most parents, particularly when families are experiencing stress or disruptions from economic or work challenges, family conflict, mental health issues, divorce, bereavement, or other stressful life circumstances, or when dealing with temperamentally challenging children. Parents who can adopt mindfulness practices might be better able to engage in effective parenting and positive interactions with their children. Dr. Lengua will interweave mindfulness practices with best parenting practices that can be used in every-day interactions between parents and children to enhance parents’ effectiveness and satisfaction in interacting with their children.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand best parenting practices of warmth, responsiveness and consistency
  • Use mindfulness practices to increase use of best parenting practices
  • Use mindfulness practices to be present, calm and wise-minded
  • Combine specific parenting and mindfulness practices when interacting with children.

Liliana Lengua, Ph.D. is a mother of 3 children, a child clinical psychologist, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and director of the UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being. She is an internationally recognized expert on children’s vulnerable and resilient responses to stress, demonstrating how parenting and children’s temperament contributes to children’s unique responses to stress. She is also recognized for her research on the effects of stress and disadvantage on parenting and children’s social-emotional development, and has developed and evidence-based parenting program infused with mindfulness practices to enhance parenting effectiveness. She has been the principal investigator of several federally funded research projects and is the author of over 50 published papers

September 16, 2015 to November 12, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH
Fall 2015 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course
2 sections: Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6:00 - 8:30pm  »  CCFW

If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. Registration opens 7/10/15.

You may view the class waiver here, which will be distributed, signed, and collected on the first day of class. Please review this note from Dr. Lin BEFORE registering to ensure that this class will be a proper fit for your needs.

Class Description

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 contribute 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

Tentative Schedule: 8-week course from 6:00 - 8:30pm (except for class 1, which will end at 9pm)

Wednesday section: Sept 16 (6-9pm), Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11
Thursday section: Sept 17 (6-9pm), Sept 24, Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 12
Retreat on Sat Oct 31 9-3 pm (both sections)

**Dependent upon instructor's availability: Class dates may include Oct 21 and 22, with a retreat on Oct 24, with classes ending on Nov 4 and 5. Dates will be updated by late June. 

About the Instructor

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.

October 6, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
Cultivating Happiness: A Mindfulness-Based Path
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00pm  »  CCFW

If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. Registration opens 7/10/15.

This class is intended to be an educational class and not therapy for depression. In light of this, the instructor recommends you read this self-screening questionnaire to determine whether now is a proper time for you to take the course.

Course Description: Everyone in the world wants to be happy. Happiness is an elusive and complicated emotion.  It is impermanent. Yet we have input into our own happiness and even the happiness of others.  By developing our awareness of what makes ourselves and others happy, we can make conscious decisions about where to concentrate our efforts to be happier.  Furthermore, happiness can improve our productivity, creativity, and energy.

Neuroscience tells us that our brains are changed by what we think and what we do. We can purposefully and skillfully change our own brains and minds. In this series of classes we will systematically learn a mindfulness-based approach to becoming more aware and happy.

Course Goals:

•    To become aware of scientifically proven factors in happiness and how happiness is contagious
•    To become more aware of what makes experience pleasant and unpleasant
•    We will become proficient in practices that can mold our brains, minds, and consciousness to allow more happiness in our lives and the lives of others
•    To become more compassionate of the unhappiness of ourselves and those around us
•    To increase our happiness and equanimity

Course Dates: 8 week course of 8 weekly 2.5 hour classes

Oct 6, Oct 13 Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, Nov 17 , Nov 24
All day retreat Nov 14
Daily meditation and life practice at highly recommended.

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. 

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.

October 11, 2015 to November 15, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Ann Hollar, M.Ed.
Fall 2015 Mindfulness 101 for Teens
4:00-5:15pm  »  CCFW

If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. Registration opens 7/10/15.

Is your teen driven to distraction? Overwhelmed with keeping up socially on-line and off? Stressed about homework? Caught up in negative thinking? In this six week course we will touch on many aspects of mindfulness that will help your teen navigate these exciting and complex high school years. This course is intended for high school aged teenagers (14-19 years old). Class size will range between 10 and 20 students. 

About the Instructor

Ann Hollar is a mindfulness instructor in Seattle. She has a M. Ed from the University of Washington, focusing her thesis on “Mindfulness in Education:  The Secular Intersection of Buddhism and Neuroscience.” She currently teaches mindfulness to students in both public and private elementary, middle and high schools. She has been trained in both the MindUp and Mindful Schools curricula and has recently completed Mindful Schools Year-Long Instructor Certification Program. Her personal integration of mindfulness is constantly being kept alive via interactions with her three tween and teenaged boys.

October 19, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
Adopting Mindfulness and Compassion Practices in a Busy Schedule
Monday evenings, 6:30 - 9:30pm  »  CCFW

If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. Registration opens 7/10/15.

Course Description: Many of us wish to start a mindfulness practice but do not know how to work it into our busy schedules. Our schedules may be too erratic and hectic to take a regular time out.  Yet there are many mindful practices that can be worked into our everyday lives and that take no extra time at all.  Others can be accommodated in 10-20 minutes a day.  These practices can still make major differences in our attitudes and quality of life and provide major benefits.

This 4-class course will provide:

Course Goals:

•    Instruction and practice in working mindful practice into your everyday activities
•    Instruction and practice in calming, compassion and awareness expanding
•    Information on the scientific basis of the above practices
•    Provide a sound basis for further growth in awareness and compassion

 

Course Dates: Four 2.5 hour classes every other week from 6:30 - 9:00pm

Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, and Nov 30
Optional all day retreat Nov 14

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. 

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.

April 1, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Yaffa Maritz and Elizabeth Lin
Spring 2016 Mindful Self-Compassion 8-Week Course
Actual dates and time TBA  »  CCFW

If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. 

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. 

About the Instructors

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.