Professional Trainings

September 7, 2014 to November 4, 2014
Professional Trainings
Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH
Fall 2014 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course
Sundays or Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm with a retreat on Saturday October 25 from 8:30-2:30pm  »  CCFW

Registration is full. Please register here for the Sunday section waitlist or here for the Tuesday section waitlist. Registration includes a 2-hour introductory class and both class sections will be combined for the Saturday retreat.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is flourishing worldwide and participants have remarked, “Mindfulness has changed how I live and see the world, how I interact with others”. This course can contribute to:

  • Reduced stress and chronic pain
  • Improved mood
  • Overcoming sleep problems
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Increased immunity
  • Enhanced resilience, joy, and compassion

Scientific research demonstrates that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can lead to the above benefits as well as healthy aging. In this 8-week experiential course based on ”Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2013, participants will learn exercises to:

  • Increase awareness of body sensations (body scan)
  • Mindful movement and stretching (yoga)
  • Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences
  • Awareness of thoughts and emotions
  • Increase compassion for ourselves and others
  • Latest research on mind-body response to stress and change
  • 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 in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 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 research 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 medi! tation practice for more than 20 years.

October 9, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Professional Trainings
Richard Berger, MD
(Re)Establishing a Mindfulness Practice with Ease
Every other Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 10/8/14). Please register here.

Many people find beginning the practice of mindfulness to be somewhat daunting. This course is meant for individuals both new to mindfulness and those who want to enhance their daily practices. We will use the methods of “Immunity to Change” established by Kegan and Lahey to investigate reasons we may be resistant to mindfulness practice. We will also use the Kaizen (often called Toyota method) method to make small incremental progress in our practice without initial major life changes. Lastly, we will introduce practice techniques that develop the direction of the mind toward more balance of positivity/negativity and reduce the negative reinforcing consequences of guilt when we don’t practice.

Each student will be allowed to progress at their own pace. At the end of the 4 classes, students should:

1. Be able to practice several techniques that promote a more positive attitude as well as self-compassion towards oneself and others

2. Become familiar with the concept and science of taking very small steps to make significant changes in one's life

3. Become more adept at allowing and making steady progress in self growth and in identifying obstacles to growth and fulfillment of intentions

4. Be better able to manage the fear of making changes in a more systematic and productive manner

This course will be taught by Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, and primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received mindfulness teaching training at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness (certification in MBSR under final review) 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 & Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness to children in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.

December 6, 2014
Professional Trainings
Molly Lawlor, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom
9a-12p  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 12/5/15). Please register here.

In this session, participants will be introduced to mindfulness, commonly defined as an open, non-judgmental awareness to the present moment. The application of mindfulness practices for children will be discussed within the framework of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The latest research within the emerging field of mindfulness practice with children will be presented along with considerations for implementation in the classroom context. Participants will be offered experiential learning with guided mindfulness practice. Concepts will be expanded to discuss practical tools for children and how these can be implemented within the classroom context to support mindful awareness, social emotional competencies, and increased engagement.

This workshop will be taught by Molly Lawlor, M.A. Molly is the primary author of the Mind-Up program, a trainer for the program and a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her research includes, but not limited to, the effects of mindfulness-based education on pre- and early adolescents' well-being and social and emotional competence. Specifically, Molly is investigating prosocialness, mindfulness and psychological adjustment in children and adolescents. Currently, Molly is the Director of Curriculum for Taxi Dog Education, a multi-sensory social-emotional learning program. Molly will speak to the role of mindfulness in education, specific to social and emotional learning and self-regulation.

March 6, 2015 to April 25, 2015
Professional Trainings
Christa Turksma, DRS
Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)
Fridays (3/6 and 3/20) from 5 - 8:30p and Saturdays (3/7, 3/21, and 4/25) from 8:30a - 3:30p  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 3/5/15). Please register here.

Group rates: 
Schools that register 3 or 4 teachers can receive 15% off the listed fees
Schools that register 5+ teachers can receive 25% off the listed fees
Please e-mail for a discount code

Co-leaders: Rebecca Cortes, Ph.D. and Ann Hollar, M.Ed.

Course consists of two half-day training sessions, two full-day training sessions, and a follow-up booster session. 

CARE (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education) is a research based professional development program.  It was developed at the Garrison Institute by Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Associate Professor of Elementary Education at the Curry School of Education, VA, Richard C Brown, an educator  and  founder of the Contemplative Education Department at Naropa  University and Christa Turksma, a clinical psychologist and former elementary school principal.

Care is designed to teach teachers stress reducing techniques and ways to better understand and manage their emotions so they can create and maintain supportive learning environments, reduce burnout and attrition, and build strong relationships with their students to promote positive academic and behavioral outcomes.

Watch "Why CARE for Teachers Matters."