Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8-weeks)

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Elizabeth Lin

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8-weeks)

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Course Description

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically supported 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

Course Dates

8-week course, Thursday Evenings for 2.5 hours
September 19 – November 7, 2019  |  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Retreat Sunday, October 20, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

** Note that the first and last class may go 15 minutes longer **

Course Fees

$370.00: Regular registration
$375.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs

UW Affiliate Discount

20% off for UW faculty and staff - must register with UW email address and provide department name, office, and position. 

If you are interested in financial assistance, CCFW offers two options:

  • Income-based reduced fee of $275, available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email ccfwb@uw.edu 

  • A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140   Important note: Scholarship applications are due two weeks before class start. Applicants will be notified 2 weeks prior to the first day of class. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Register for a Certificate of Completion and get CEUs. Our CEUs are available for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors,  and social workers in Washington State. We cannot gurantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states.

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 is a certified instructor and has been teaching mindfulness and compassion over the past 7 years. 

 Comments from past participants in Dr. Lin's classes

"As an educator, I was very nervous that I would not like the teaching style or teacher, but I could not have asked for a better instructor. Elizabeth teaches with a full heart and brings a unique energy to class that is spiritual and inspiring. The class exceeded my expectations in many ways: free resources, poems, classroom culture, snacks! I came away each week feeling taken care of in a way that gave me renewed energy to care for myself. The safe space Elizabeth helped our class cultivate gave me the confidence I needed to share honestly in small groups"

"Dr. Lin is a wonderful, caring, respectful and well-prepared instructor and did a fantastic job teaching this class. I particularly appreciated her taking time to answer questions in a thoughtful way. This, along with the content of what she said, was most enlightening for me, because I have begun to pause and take more time in my own communications with other people." 

"Elizabeth is a welcoming and receptive instructor and communicated her own enthusiasm for a mindfulness approach to life in general. I liked how she used her own experience as a student of mindfulness over many years." 

"Elizabeth is very thoughtful, non-judgmental, humble, and caring."

“I did not expect the life-changing experience that it (the class) turned out to be. Thank you for giving me back to my family and myself.”