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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm  »  CCFW

Registration open January 1, 2018. Register here

Tuesdays, March 6 - May 1, 2018 | 6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
** There will not be class on March 27.

Retreat will be held on April 14, 2018 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

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.

Research shows the benefits of MBSR:

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

Additionally, neurophysiological studies have shown increased brain growth and function in areas of emotional control and executive function in as little as 8 weeks. 

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 than 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 Tuesday evenings for 2.5 hours
March 6– April 24, 2018, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Retreat Saturday April 14, 2017, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Course Fees

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

NEW UW Affiliate Discounts

     20% off for UW faculty and staff - must register with UW email address and provide department name, office, and position. 
     25% off if paying with a UW budget number, with department approval.

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."

Monday, March 12, 2018
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Diane Hetrick
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Registration is full. 
Check out our future drop-ins!
 

About this Session 

We now know there are several components necessary to cultivate a compassion that is sustainable; it can even create a warm glow inside of us as we offer it to ourselves and others.

Come hear the latest insights about compassion and enjoy a guided meditation on compassion cultivation.

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, March 19, 2018
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Joel Grow, Ph.D.
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Registration is required. 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 the Session 

All humans have an inner stream of emotions and thoughts that include criticism, doubt, and fear; That’s just our minds trying to anticipate and solve problems. When we get hooked by these experiences, many of us use strategies of ignoring or suppressing them, which usually has a counterproductive effect. Come learn practices that strengthen our emotional agility, our ability to approach inner experiences in a mindful and productive way

About the Instructor

Joel 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"

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Family Events
Liliana Lengua, Ph.D.
9:00am - 3:00pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Registration opesn January 1, 2018. Register here

Dr. Liliana Lengua, Child Psychologist, Psychology Professor and Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being will lead this 1-day training on evidence-based mindful parenting, including tools for bringing mindfulness into your everyday interactions with your child.

As parents, we strive to draw upon the most effective parenting strategies for our children. Even when we know the best practices, it can be challenging to use them consistently – particularly if there are economic or work challenges, family conflict, mental health issues, divorce, death, or other stressful life circumstances.

Incorporating mindfulness practices into parenting strategies can help parents have more positive interactions with their children. In this workshop, Dr. Lengua will interweave mindfulness with best parenting practices that can be used in every-day interactions between parents and children to enhance parents’ effectiveness and relationships with their children.

This workshop will provide you with tools and inspiration to make your parenting even more effective by tailoring your approach to your child’s personality. Additional learning objectives include:

  • Learn best parenting practices of warmth, consistency, and scaffolding
  • Use mindfulness practices to increase use of best parenting practices
  • Use mindfulness practices to be present, calm and wise-minded
  • Combine specific parenting and mindfulness practices when interacting with children.
     

Course Fee: $100.00

If you are interested in financial assistiance, CCFW offers two options

  • Income based-reduced fee of $75.00, available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details please email mindful@uw.edu
  • A limited number of scholarship are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review the criteria and complete the application here:  https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/337140 Note: Scholarship applications will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the workshop. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision is made in order to qualify.
     

**NEW** UW Affiliate Discounts

  • 20% for UW Faculty & Employees. Use your UW email address to register, include department name, office, and position.
  • 25% if paying with a UW budget number. UW Budget number is required at registration.
     

About the Presenter

Liliana Lengua, Ph.D., UW Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-being, is a child clinical psychologist and a mother of 3 children. She is an internationally recognized expert on children’s vulnerable and resilient responses to stress, demonstrating how parenting and children’s temperament contributes to children’s unique responses to stress. She is also recognized for her research on the effects of stress and adversity on parenting and children’s social-emotional development, and has developed an evidence-based parenting program infused with mindfulness practices to enhance parenting effectiveness. She has been the principal investigator of several federally funded research projects and is the author of over 90 published papers.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Courses and Workshops
Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  »  CCFW

Please review this note from Dr. Lin BEFORE registering to ensure that this class will be a proper fit for your needs.

Registration opens in January 2018. Register here. 

Wednesdays, April 4 – May 23, 2018  |  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

Retreat on Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

 **First class will go about 15 minutes longer**

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 MBSRParticipants 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 on Wednesday evenings for 2.5 hours
Wednesdays, April 4 – May 23, 2018  |  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
** Note that the first class will go 15 minutes longer **
Retreat Saturday, May 12, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Course Fees

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

NEW UW Affiliate Discounts

     20% off for UW faculty and staff - must register with UW email address and provide department name, office, and position. 
     25% off if paying with a UW budget number, with department approval.

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

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. 

 Comments from past participants in Dr. Lin's classes

"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."

“You (Elizabeth) truly are gifted at drawing people together and toward our best selves!”

“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.”

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Courses and Workshops
Yaffa Maritz, LMHC and Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH.
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  »  CCFW

Registration will open in January. Register here.

Thursdays, April 5 – May 24, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
**First class will go about 15 minutes longer**
Retreat Sunday April 29, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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, April 5 – May 24, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
**First class will go about 15 minutes longer**
Retreat on Sunday April 29, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Course Fees

$380.00 regular registration
$385.00: Registration with a certificate of completion to use for CEUs

NEW UW Affiliate Discounts

     20% off for UW faculty and staff - must register with UW email address and provide department name, office, and position. 
     25% off if paying with a UW budget number, with department approval.

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

About the Instructors

Yaffa Maritz, LMHC
Yaffa is a co-founder of Listening Mothers and clinical director of both Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting, two research based parenting programs. She is the founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting. Yaffa was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and served on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children’s social, emotional, and mental health. 

Yaffa participated in the Stanford yearlong teachers training program called CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) that was offered through Stanford's Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education. She also completed the advanced training program in MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) with Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.  

Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH
Elizabeth 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.  

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, April 5, 2018
Courses and Workshops
Yaffa Maritz, LMHC and Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH.
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  »  CCFW

Registration will open in January. Register here.

Thursdays, April 5 – May 24, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
**First class will go about 15 minutes longer**
Retreat Sunday April 29, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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, April 5 – May 24, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
**First class will go about 15 minutes longer**
Retreat on Sunday April 29, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Course Fees

$380.00 regular registration
$385.00: Registration with a certificate of completion to use for CEUs

NEW UW Affiliate Discounts

     20% off for UW faculty and staff - must register with UW email address and provide department name, office, and position. 
     25% off if paying with a UW budget number, with department approval.

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

About the Instructors

Yaffa Maritz, LMHC
Yaffa is a co-founder of Listening Mothers and clinical director of both Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting, two research based parenting programs. She is the founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting. Yaffa was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and served on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children’s social, emotional, and mental health. 

Yaffa participated in the Stanford yearlong teachers training program called CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) that was offered through Stanford's Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education. She also completed the advanced training program in MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) with Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.  

Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH
Elizabeth 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.  

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

Monday, April 9, 2018
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Drop-in meditation sessions are free.  Registration is required. 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 draws upon cutting edge science on mindfulness and compassion to share a mind-body framework for understanding how we respond to stress. We will also explore healthy alternatives for responding to stress and practice a meditation that promotes mindfulness and compassion.   

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. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Courses and Workshops
Diane Hetrick and Magdalena Szpala
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

One day workshop.
Register here

Course Description

In order to successfully navigate all the stresses and challenges of our lives, we need resilience.  Resilience helps us bounce back from difficult situations and even grow stronger and wiseras a result.  When combined with the qualities of mindfulness and compassion, you can experience a greater sense of stability and flexibility to live a life with more presence and fulfillment. These are all skills that can be learned and cultivated.

In this workshop, you will learn:

Tools and practices of mindfulness, resilience, and compassion.

  • What are the core principals? How are they interrelated?
  • Why are these useful traits to cultivate? And, how do we cultivate them?
  • Why self compassion is an essential component, and some of the reasons why this can be a challenge for us.
  • How to tap into your own internal and external resources to develop more resilience and joy in the face of stress and the uniquely challenging times we live in.

This secular workshop is derived from the 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program, developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University. It is taught by two certified CCT teachers, Diane Hetrick and Magdalena Szpala. This workshop will include mindfulness practices (meditation, awareness, breathing and mindful movement), along with lectures, discussions, and class exercises. It will integrate traditional contemplative practices with contemporary neuroscience and research on mindfulness, compassion and resilience.

This workshop is suitable for those who have already taken the CCT training and want to explore more, as well as for new participants. No prior meditation experience is required. 

 

Date and Time

Saturday, April 14, 2018

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Workshop Details

The workshop is Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00PM. Participants will have a 75 minute break for lunch from 11:45 - 1:00. There are several places to eat within walking distance of CCFW or feel free to bring your own lunch: you are welcome to use the kitchen which has a refrigerator and a microwave. The workshop will be limited to 25 people.

Workshop Registration Fees:

Full day workshop: $140.

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

  • Income-based reduced rate is available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. The reduced rate is $110. For more details, please email: mindful@uw.edu 
  • Scholarships: A limited number 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  Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the workshop. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.  
     

UW Affiliate Discounts

  • 20% discount for UW Faculty & Employees. Use your UW email address to register, include department name, office, and position.
  • 25% discount if paying with a UW budget number. UW Budget number is required at registration.

About the Instructors


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/ 

Magdalena Szpala is an experienced facilitator and Senior Sustainability Advisor for a social housing agency in British Columbia. In the last 15 years, she has led many educational sessions in a variety of settings including businesses, the public sector, and non-profits. She has been teaching the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program since 2013. Magda is passionate about offering the CCT program as a way to build inner resilience to face personal and global challenges. She received her master’s degree in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology from Hull University, U.K. She has also studied the non-violent martial art of Aikido for the last ten years and holds a first-degree black belt.

 

Monday, April 16, 2018
Courses and Workshops
Joel Grow, Ph.D
6:30-8:30pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

6-week course begins April 16.
Registration required. Register here
 

Course Description

Many men 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 man should be either stoic or cheerful, and project confidence rather than negativity. However, all human beings have thoughts and emotions that include criticism, doubt, and fear. That’s just our minds trying to anticipate and solve problems. 

In the business world, research shows that effective leaders of all genders 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 bemore 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

Mondays, April 16 - May 21, 2018 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

 

Course Fees

$270: Regular registration

$275: Registration with a certificate of completion to use for CEU's

Additional options:

20%  off for UW Faculty and Staff: Must register with UW email address and provide department name, office, and position. This discount does not apply for family and friends of UW employees/faculty. 

25% off if paying with a UW Budget Number: Must have department approval. Must provide budget number at time of registration.

Scholarships and income based fees available to the community, please follow the registration link to find the application for scholarship. Contact mindful@uw.edu for more information about our income based reduced fee. 

 

About the Instructor

Joel 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"

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Professional Events
Liliana Lengua, Ph.D., Larissa Duncan, Ph.D., and Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D.
8:15 am - 4:30 pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Register here

Do you work with parents and families? Do you want to learn compassion-based practices that you can share with them to promote effective parenting and emotional well-being for all family members? If so, join our four expert presenters in parenting, compassion, and self-compassion for this interactive workshop. The presenters will highlight research behind compassion-based practices and parenting strategies, and introduce a variety of skills that participants can share with families in community and clinical settings. Participants can receive up to 6 CEUs for participating. 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the components of mindfulness and compassion practices and some of the cognitive mechanisms used (e.g., attention regulation, perspective taking)
  • Understand the role of these practices in promoting well-being and self-care among parents
  • Identify effective practices for parents and children based on their context and need 

CCFW has brought together three national experts in parenting, mindfulness and compassion; their modules include:

  • “Parenting Basics - Why mindfulness, compassion and self-compassion are needed to support parenting” - Liliana Lengua, PhD
     
  • “Parent mental health and well-being: How mindfulness and compassion support parent mental health” - Sona Dimidjian, PhD 
     
  • "Using Self-Compassion, Compassion, and Lovingkindness Practices to Support Mindful Parenting for Ourselves and Others" - Larissa Duncan, PhD

Date and Time

Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:15am – 4:30pm

Workshop Course Fees

Regular registration fee: $150.00, which includes a Certificate of Completion for 6.5 hours for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors, and social workers  in Washington State. 

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

  • Income-based reduced fee of $125 available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email mindful@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  Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the workshop. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.  

**NEW** UW Affiliate Discounts

  • 20% for UW Faculty & Employees. Use your UW email address to register, include department name, office, and position.
  • 25% if paying with a UW budget number. UW Budget number is required at registration.

Workshop Details

The workshop is Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM. Participants will have an 80 minute break for lunch. There are places to eat within walking distance of CCFW or feel free to bring your own lunch: you are welcome to use the kitchen which has a regrigerator and a microwave. The workshop will be limited to 25 people.

National experts and presenters of this workshop:

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Liliana Lengua, PhD,  University of Washington, Professor of Psychology, Director of Center for Child & Family Well-Being

 

 
Sona Dimidjian, PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder, Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Director of CU CREST

 

 
Larissa Duncan, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Associate Director of Center for Child & Family Well-Being

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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