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Friday, April 28, 2017
Special Events
2017 Mindfulness Research Conference
April 28: 8:30am - 8:30pm | April 29: 8:00am - 4:30pm  »  Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, Washington, 98105

This conference is co-hosted by the Centers for Child and Family Well-Being at the University of Washington and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

This meeting will bring together researchers and practitioners whose work promotes the well-being of children and families through mindfulness.  The latest research findings and their applications will be presented, with rich opportunities for discussion and networking. The focus is on advancing the science of mindfulness to enhance children’s well-being. This will be an intimate conference with limited registration.

For additional details, please visit the conference webpage.

Monday, May 8, 2017
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Diane Hetrick
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Registration is required. Please register here.

CCFW is pleased to offer monthly drop-in meditation sessions. A different CCFW instructor will lead each month’s session so that participants can experience different mindfulness practices and instructor styles. These sessions are also intended to support participants from previous mindfulness courses in strengthening their home practice. All levels of experience are welcome.

About this Session:

We'll explore the flows of compassion: to others, from others, and giving and receiving it from ourselves (self compassion). When these are out of balance, often we feel depleted, burnt out, or disconnected from others. Diane will guide us to explore our barriers or fears to giving and receiving compassion, and offer some tools and guided meditation practices to support our natural flow of compassion so we feel nourished and connected in our lives. 
 

About the Instructor

Diane Hetrick has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation most of her adult life. Her more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working with patients with chronic pain and/or illnesses lead her to explore various body and movement practices, including yoga, dance and qigong, and to explore the area of Mindfulness meditation, in order to help people with stress, pain or dysfunction find more ease, and well-being in their lives.

She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. After completing the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, she became one of the first certified CCT teachers in the Seattle area. More at: http://www.dianehetrick.com/

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Courses and Workshops
Diane Hetrick
6:00pm - 8:00pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required. Please register here

May 11 – June 29, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Course Description

Compassion Cultivation Training is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion and is offered in a secular presentation.

The training includes:

• Mindfulness: Daily meditation, visualization and breathing practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy and compassion.

• Coursework: Two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups.

• Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action.

In this course, individuals will learn how to:

• Increase kindness and compassion for themselves and others

• Develop deeper levels of serenity, resilience and creativity

• Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively

• Sharpen their ability to focus and pay attention

• Access a variety of self-care skills and techniques

Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Each of us can nurture and grow our compassionate instinct, like a plant carefully cultivated from a seed. This process requires patience, steady care, proper tools and a supportive environment.

Course Dates

8-week course on Thursday evenings for 2 hours
May 11 – June 29, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Course Fees

$300.00: Regular registration
$305.00: Registration with a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
$225.00 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number

Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email mindful@uw.edu

About the Instructor

Diane Hetrick has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation most of her adult life. Her more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working with patients with chronic pain and/or illnesses lead her to explore various body and movement practices, including yoga, dance and qigong, and to explore the area of Mindfulness meditation, in order to help people with stress, pain or dysfunction find more ease, and well-being in their lives.

She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. After completing the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, she became one of the first certified CCT teachers in the Seattle area. More at: http://www.dianehetrick.com/

Monday, June 12, 2017
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Maya Nader
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Registration is required. Please register here. 

CCFW is pleased to offer monthly drop-in meditation sessions. A different CCFW instructor will lead each month’s session so that participants can experience different mindfulness practices and instructor styles. These sessions are also intended to support participants from previous mindfulness courses in strengthening their home practice. All levels of experience are welcome.

About this Session

This session is inspired by Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), which combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and research. CCT is an eight week program designed to strengthen resilience, increase connection with others, and provide a general sense of well-being. Research demonstrates that CCT increases compassion for others, from others, and for self. It also increases mindfulness skills, self-efficacy, care for self and others, and the mind wandering toward pleasant topics. CCT has also been found to decrease worry and mind wandering onto unpleasant topics.

About the Instructor

Maya is a certified CCT instructor by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Maya earned her B.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. She moved to the US in 1989, at the height of the Lebanese war. As she continued her quest for peace in her country and region, Maya obtained a Master’s degree in Communication and Marketing from Boston University. She speaks French, Arabic, and English and is grateful for the cultural richness these languages encompass. Through this lens, Maya views compassion as a bridge between cultures and religions and as the cornerstone of a more peaceful world. In her teaching CCT, Maya continues to practice self-help and assist others in broadening compassion, which ultimately creates opportunities for peace. More on Maya at mayanader.com

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Courses and Workshops
Maya Nader
6:00pm - 8:00pm  »  CCFW

Wednesdays, June 14 - August 9, 2017  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm

Please note there will not be class on July 5. 

Registration is required. Please register here.

Course Description

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an 8-week educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. A compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and can become a profound personal resource in times of stress. Thupten Jinpa, the senior author of CCT, describes the program in these words: "What CCT aims to do is to make people become more aware and more connected with their compassionate nature so that their instinctive response to a given situation will come from that compassionate understanding standpoint rather than negative excessive judgement."

There is a growing body of research which asserts the value of cultivating compassion. As a wholesome state of mind, compassion is essential to individual well-being. As an ethical orientation, compassion is also essential for sustaining rich nourishing relationships. As a social force, it is crucial for addressing global, socio-economic dilemmas.

Participants probe real-world questions such as: What is compassion? What blocks it? Are there limits to compassion? Is there a difference between empathy and compassion? If living from compassion is all it is cracked up to be, why is self-compassion so difficult? How do I enhance my resilience while decreasing worry? How do I jumpstart a sustainable meditation practice? How do I have more meaningful connections with family, friends and co-workers?

You will learn through instruction, meditation, mindfulness and experiential exercises how to cultivate the daily-life skills needed to strengthen the qualities of compassion, courage and resilience. We will discuss how you can "move your attention at will, and how attention is like a spotlight," as Dr. Paul Gilbert says, "whatever it shines on is what becomes brighter in the mind..."

Not only has cultivating compassion been found to reduce the frequency and intensity of destructive emotions (such as anger and hatred), it is also a sustainable response to the suffering of others, and actually alleviates empathetic distress and burnout. Consequently, Compassion Cultivating Training is relevant to those in health and human services roles who regularly witness suffering in their work. The program is also of value to anyone challenged by suffering in themselves or in our world. This includes parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, therapists, executives, public servants, and people in a wide range of professions and life contexts. No previous meditation experience is required.

What to expect:

  • A two hour weekly class that includes discussion, and in-class partner and small-group listening and communication exercises
  • Daily meditation practices to develop kindness, empathy, compassion for others, and self-compassion
  • Real-world "homework" assignments to practice compassionate thoughts and action

Please see the course handout for more details. 

Class Dates

8-week course on Wednesday evenings for 2 hours
Wednesdays, June 14 - August 9, 2017*  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm

* Note: there will not be class on July 5. 

Course Fees

$300.00 regular registration
$305.00: Registration with a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
$225.00 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number

Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email mindful@uw.edu

About the Instructor

Maya is a certified CCT instructor by CCARE, Stanford University. A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Maya earned her B.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. She moved to the US in 1989, at the height of the Lebanese war. As she continued her quest for peace in her country and region, Maya obtained a Master’s degree in Communication and Marketing from Boston University. She speaks French, Arabic, and English and is grateful for the cultural richness these languages encompass. Through this lens, Maya views compassion as a bridge between cultures and religions and as the cornerstone of a more peaceful world. In her teaching CCT, Maya continues to practice self-help and assist others in broadening compassion, which ultimately creates opportunities for peace. Maya is a certified yoga teacher, and teaches yoga in prisons to residents and staff. More on Maya at mayanader.com

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
6:00pm - 7:30pm  »  CCFW

Registration is requried and will open in early May.

Thursdays, July 6 - August 3, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Introduction

Learn mindfulness skills and the latest in neuroscience on habit change to develop a healthier relationship with food. This course will introduce you to the scientific basis of habit formation and food cravings as well as impart you with skills to develop a deeper awareness of your habits and the skills necessary improve them.

About this Course

This class will be taught by Richard E. Berger, MD, professor emeritus at the University of Washington, certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, certified mindfulness facilitator (UCLA), and certified child and adolescent mindfulness teacher (Mindful Schools). Dr. Berger will draw upon Eat Right Now program developed by Judson Brewer, MD, PhD. Eat Right Now is an evidence-based program that was developed over ten years at Yale University’s Neuroscience Clinic.  

In this class you will learn many of the tools used in MBSR, with an emphasis on how to apply them to your eating habits in an intellectual and experiential way. We will practice mindfulness techniques that allow you to tune into cues from your body to differentiate physiologic hunger from stress eating and how to ride out food urges as they slowly dissipate. You will also learn the mechanisms and physiology associated with addictive eating and how to develop the real physiologic and psychological changes necessary to gain mastery over your eating.

App Based Participation

This program requires the use of the software application Eat Right Now!®. This innovative app allows you to set reminders, set customized goals, use a stress and cravings meter, and journal your progress. Participants are responsible for purchasing and downloading the program on their own.  Details on pricing are noted below under Course Fees.

The Weekly Syllabus

Week 1 ­- Introduction to Habit Formation, Craving Management & Goal Setting
Week 2 ­- Improving Awareness of Your Eating Habits
Week 3 - Hunger vs. Stress, Boredom and Emotional Eating
Week 4 - Solidifying Your Healthier Eating Habits
Week 5 -­ The Science of Nutrition

Course Dates

5 week course on Thursdays for 1.5 hours
July 6 - August 3, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Course Fees

$175.00: Regular registration
$131.25 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number
$87.50 (50% off): UW Student Registration, which requires a special code from CCFW. Please email mindful@uw.edu if you are a student

Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email mindful@uw.edu

Please Note: This course requires the use and purchase of the software application Eat Right Now!® The mobile and desktop application is $24.99/month. Read details on the Eat Right Now website. Your course registration fee does not include the price of the app. 

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. Rick is currently completing the Eat Right Now training program. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.

Monday, July 10, 2017
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Richard Berger, MD
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Registration is requested and will open in early May. 

CCFW is pleased to offer monthly drop-in meditation sessions. A different CCFW instructor will lead each month’s session so that participants can experience different mindfulness practices and instructor styles. These sessions are also intended to support participants from previous mindfulness courses in strengthening their home practice. All levels of experience are welcome.

About this Session

In this session we will focus on a foundational practice in mindfulness: awareness of the breath. Cultivating a sustained connection with our breath is an excellent anchor for the mind. This awareness is at the heart of many mindfulness practices. Additionally, research shows that breathing practices help us regulate our nervous system and promote enhanced mental clarity.

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.

Monday, August 7, 2017
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Elizabeth Lin, MD
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Registration is requested and will open in early May. 

CCFW is pleased to offer monthly drop-in meditation sessions. A different CCFW instructor will lead each month’s session so that participants can experience different mindfulness practices and instructor styles. These sessions are also intended to support participants from previous mindfulness courses in strengthening their home practice. All levels of experience are welcome.

About this Session

In this session, we will explore how compassion and self-kindness are intrinsically woven into mindfulness.  We will practice a variety of exercises that enable us to experience moments of awareness and self-kindness. We will close by discussing how to apply these practices in one's daily life.

About the Instructor

Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Elizabeth is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the School of Medicine, University of Washington, and an adjunct scientific investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.  As a physician researcher, Elizabeth and her team have conducted innovative research to improve mind-body health in general medical settings which have been adopted worldwide. Elizabeth has had a daily meditation practice for more than 25 years. She has trained extensively with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and leaders in mindfulness programs, as well as Drs. Germer and Neff, founders of the Mindful Self-Compassion program.  She has been teaching mindfulness and compassion over the past 7 years.