Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8 weeks)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Richard Berger, MD

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8 weeks)

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Registration is required and opens June 1st. Register here

Wednesdays, September 27– November 15, 2017  |  6:30pm – 9:00pm
Retreat Saturday November 4, 2017, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Course Description

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program originally designed over thirty years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. The course has a basis in eastern psychology and is very applicable to modern secular life. Mindfulness is the practice of sustained focus, self-regulation, self-exploration, and self-liberation with an accepting, open and kind attitude. This practice can produce calmness and expanded awareness. Neurophysiological studies have shown increased brain growth and function in areas of emotional control and executive function in as little as 8 weeks. Research shows decreased stress, improved self-image, and improved emotional regulation. Improved concentration and less anxiety are common outcomes.

In each class Dr. Berger will lead presentations, instruct mindfulness practices, and facilitate discussions and inquiry into the meaning of the practices. Participants will learn formal mindfulness practices, such as awareness of breath meditation, the body scan, seated meditation, yoga, as well as informal practices, such as mindful walking. Participants are encouraged to draw upon the informal practices in daily life as well as spend 30-45 minutes of formal practice each day throughout the course. Dr. Berger will be available by email and phone to provide participants with further guidance as needed in their personal practices. The weekly syllabus includes: 

Week 1: There is more right with you then there is wrong with you
Week2: Perception and Creative Responding
Week 3: There is Power and Pleasure in Being Present
Week 4: Awareness of Being Stuck and Getting Unstuck
Week 5: Reacting versus Responding
Week 6: Mindful Communication
Week 7: Choiceless awareness
Week 8: Where to go from Here

All Day Retreat: Staying with It, Continuous Awareness

Class Dates

8-week course on Wednesday evenings for 2.5 hours
September 27– November 15, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Retreat Saturday November 4, 2017, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Course Fees

$350.00: Regular registration
$355.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
$262.50 (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

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.

"The best part of the class was interacting with Dr. Berger, experiencing his good heart, the daily practice of meditating, and the frequent practice of mindfulness during each day. As a result of the class activities, I feel much more connected to myself, more calm and peaceful, happy."

"I like the way Rick led the class with gentleness and patience. He led us, but at the same time made it seem he was on the journey with us."

"Rick did a great job at teaching the material and was welcoming and accessible and made it seem so easy. I appreciated his humor too!" 

"Rick Berger was wise, present, patient, funny, and accepting."

"I enjoyed Richard's cheerful patient attitude."