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Thursday, September 19, 2019
Courses and Workshops
Elizabeth Lin & Joel Grow
10:00 am - 12:30 pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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Course description

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a well-researched and effective 8-week program developed by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. This class helps participants develop the habits of being kinder to ourselves and others, and living with more ease and well-being in our daily life. Mindful self-compassion is a first step in emotional healing. We learn to be-friend oneself, and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity and love, rather than self-judgment, or self-criticism.

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. 

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 healthy eating and exercise.  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.

Perhaps most importantly, cultivating self-compassion allows one to 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.

Class Dates

Thursdays, September 19 – November 7, 2019, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
**First and last class may go about 15 minutes longer**

Retreat  on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Course Fees

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

Required Workbook

Participants are required to purchase a workbook, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook available online or at your favorite book store. Prices range from about $10-$19 depending on the store. 

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 Instructors

Picture of instructor Elizabeth Lin, MD MPH

Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH is a family medicine physician, 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, 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 leaders in mindfulness programs, and began teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 4 years ago. She has trained with Drs. Chris Germer and Kristen Neff, to become a teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion.  

 

 

Picture of instructor, Joel Grow, PhD.

Joel Grow, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at the Seattle Mindfulness Center and a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Washington Department of Psychology. He offers evidence-supported treatment that incorporates self-compassion, mindfulness, and acceptance-based approaches. He was a member of the UW research team that created Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), an evidence-based aftercare program for addictive behavior problems. He remains active in the delivery and evaluation of MBRP. He has facilitated numerous groups in various settings and has conducted therapist training workshops both in the US and abroad. He also provides clinical supervision to UW psychology graduate students. Before graduate school, Joel spent 6 years as a software engineer and in-house trainer/instructor at Amazon.com. A passionate teacher, he co-developed and served as lead instructor for a 9-month University of Washington certificate program for 9 years, and was awarded the UW "Award for Teaching Excellence" 

 

Past Participant Feedback
"Thank you for a very well thought out and delivered class. I really thought your mix of meditations, poetry and exercises worked so well together." - Phil, Winter 2016 Class Participant 

"This course has been a gift that keeps on giving. The best moment to sum this up was my 15 year old turning to me in the car this week and saying, "Mom, you seem realllllly different. What's up?"   Best gift ever. He noticed I am calmer and is almost curious about trying some "mindfulness" himself." - M. Winter 2016 MSC Class Participant

"Thank you both, so much, for your instruction, guidance, & presence in delivering this class to us. I appreciate all that you put into it. I'm very glad that I took the class, as it has reinforced, deepened, & strengthened my compassion towards myself, which then allows me to show up in more compassionate ways with others." - Paul, Winter 2016 Class Participant

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Courses and Workshops
Elizabeth Lin
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Registration is unavailable at this time. Please check back!

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.”

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger & Karen "Karb" Bullard
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA

Course Description

This class will blend teaching methods and practices, including conscious breathing, interactive discussions, self-inquiry, Yoga and other mindful movement practices, as well as sitting and lying down meditation. Practice in daily experience and conversation will be emphasized. In each session, we will begin with concentration practice, move to mindfulness practice, combine the practices and demonstrate and promote practice in daily life. By emphasizing present moment awareness, we will promote the aliveness of our being and how well we are designed to interact and ultimately playfully dance with our inner and outer world. Practices are drawn from Hatha Yoga, Eastern Mindfulness practices, Non-Violent Communications and contemporary insights. Gentle movement, breath and body awareness will be emphasized; our practices will be welcoming for people with all physical abilities, shapes, and sizes. 
 
Through this class, you will:
  1. Start a lifelong journey of having confidence and having fun with your joy of being alive.
  2. Learn methods of becoming mindfully in touch with the body and mind/body synchrony.
  3. Learn methods of practicing body awareness, meditation and breathing practices that promote grounding in the only moment we have, the present one.
  4. Practice and gain skills in formal practices and in-the-moment practices of these skills to be used in daily life during and after the course.
  5. Gain competence by group and self-inquiry into addressing hinderances and formation of life long stress relieving habits.
Weekly topics include:

 
Week 1: The Meaning, Methods, and Practice of Being Grounded in the Present 
Week 2: Concentration as the Doorway to the Present Moment
Week 3: Learning to Shift and Maintain Concentration
Week 4: Combining Concentration and Mindfulness
Week 5: Using Mindfulness of the Body as a Model for Accessing Your Full Potential
Week 6: Interactive Mindfulness and Social Mindfulness
Week 7: Continuing and Further Developing Concentration, Mindfulness and Presence
Week 8: Taking Away Practices that Work for You
 
Class Logistics:
  • We will be doing some form of gentle movement in each class. Please dress comfortably. 
  • There is no need to bring a Yoga mat, though you are welcome to bring one if you wish. You will have options for doing Yoga in a chair, standing, as well as sitting or lying on the carpeted floor. 

Course Fees

$320.00: Regular registration
$325.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs

UW Affiliate Discount

20% off for current UW faculty and staff.

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

  • Income-based reduced fee of $230, 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 Instructors

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.

 

Karen "Karb" BullardE-RYT 200, RYT 500 Karen "Karb" Bullard has been practicing yoga since 1998. She has completed three teacher training programs and is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor via Mindful Schools. Karb was introduced to yoga shortly before her first pregnancy and it has led her to tools that have helped her embrace parenting and life with its continual challenges and rewards. It is the physical practice of asana that led Karb to discover an inner quiet and peace that is leading her along this journey called life. Her gentle low-key style and ability to relate to and connect with others are what bring her students (age 8 - 89) returning to her classes time and again

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Courses and Workshops
Joel Grow
6:00pm - 8:00pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Registration is unavailable at this time. Please check back!

Course Description

Many people have been socialized to be rational and logical: the message is that difficult thoughts and feelings aren’t helpful at work or anywhere else and should be avoided. A successful person should be cheerful and project confidence rather than negativity. However, all human beings have thoughts and emotions that include self-criticism, doubt, and fear. That’s just our minds trying to anticipate and solve problems.

In the business world, research shows that effective leaders approach their inner experiences in a mindful, values-driven, and productive way, integrating both logic and emotions. Studies show that emotional agility can help alleviate stress, become more innovative, and improve job performance. At the same time, increasing our emotional agility in relationships allows us to engage more deeply and meaningfully with those closest to us, as well as with ourselves.

The good news is that this skill of emotional agility can be trained and developed. In this course, you'll learn many of the same tools and practices as other mindfulness-based classes. Mindfulness and self-compassion are inner strengths that enable us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.  Participants will learn through activities such as meditation, group discussion, experiential exercises, short presentations, and home practices. Research shows these skills are associated with emotional wellbeing, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and more satisfying personal relationships.

In this 6 week course we will cover the following:

Week 1
Developing mindful awareness
What are emotions? 
Relationship of reason/logic and emotions

Week 2
Recognizing our Patterns
Disentangle the emotion from the story

Week 3
Increasing our emotional vocabulary
Labeling thoughts and emotions

Week 4
From reacting to responding: acceptance
Communicating with others

Week 5
Self-compassion
Values

Week 6
Tying it all together
Acting from our values

Course Schedule

6-week course

Wednesdays, October 2 - November 6, 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Course Fees

$270: Regular registration
$275.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs

UW Affiliate Discount

20% off for current UW faculty and staff.

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

  • Income-based reduced fee of $215, 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

Joel Grow, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at the Seattle Mindfulness Center and a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Washington Department of Psychology. He offers evidence-supported treatment that incorporates self-compassion, mindfulness, and acceptance-based approaches. He was a member of the UW research team that created Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), an evidence-based aftercare program for addictive behavior problems. He remains active in the delivery and evaluation of MBRP. He has facilitated numerous groups in various settings and has conducted therapist training workshops both in the US and abroad. He also provides clinical supervision to UW psychology graduate students. Before graduate school, Joel spent 6 years as a software engineer and in-house trainer/instructor at Amazon.com. A passionate teacher, he co-developed and served as lead instructor for a 9-month University of Washington certificate program for 9 years, and was awarded the UW "Award for Teaching Excellence"