Specialized, Evidence-based Stress Reduction Programs for Healthcare Professionals, Leadership and Staff

Since 2012, Mindfulness Northwest has been providing training in mindfulness to healthcare professionals and staff. Our signature 5-week class, Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals, has been offered over 20 times to professionals at UW Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, PeaceHealth, The Everett Clinic, Evergreen Medical, Skagit Valley Medical, Washington Physicians Health Program, and others.

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Evidence-based Training

A substantial and growing body of peer-reviewed research confirms that when organizations provide mindfulness training to employees, both profit. 

Organizations enjoy these benefits:

  • Greater employee engagement
  • Higher morale
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced stress and burnout
  • Lower turnover

And their employees report:

  • Stronger connections to the organization and other employees
  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Improved focus and creativity
  • Gratitude for the benefits of this training on their non-work lives

The research also identifies these general health and wellness benefits:

  • Increased stress resilience and reduced anxiety
  • Improved immune system function
  • Improved response to chronic pain
  • Reduced symptoms and risk of many chronic diseases (high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, skin disorders)
  • And many others

Research citations available on request

Client feedback

As Director of Faculty Wellness at the University of Washington medical school I have repeatedly hired Tim to teach groups of physicians. He has received glowing feedback. He has an amazing ability to connect well with his students. He is very skillful at communicating the theoretical concepts of stress, coping and mindful communication. He clearly walks the walk and is very able to connect the theory with the practice. Claudia Finkelstein, MDCM, Director of Faculty Wellness Programs, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine 

The MSBR course gave me stress-lowering techniques that I can incorporate into my busy day as a resident. These methods have allowed me to provide better care for patients by being able to be more focused when I am speaking with them rather than worried about what I need to do when I leave the patient’s room.  UW Resident

I did not realize how burned out I was. I had been going to work and not realizing that I was having a bad day every day. I really was not enjoying my job, not even the time spent with patients, which had always been the fun part of it. Within 2 weeks of starting the MBSR class, I started enjoying patient care again, and with regular meditation, the millions of little daily annoyances stopped getting to me.   Seattle Physician

Besides the excellent quality of their well-designed and well-executed mindfulness-based stress-reduction programs, we appreciated Mindfulness Northwest’s businesslike approach and their responsiveness to the scheduling needs of our client organizations. Jason Green, Founding Director
Washington Physicians Health Program Wellness Program

Healthcare Offerings

Introductory Programs:

Introduction to Mindfulness – 2 hours

In this workshop we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. The workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right away.

Meeting Mindfulness I – 6 hours

This workshop is a day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, body awareness, and inner care. Mindfulness helps us meet challenges with more resilience, and to embrace the joys of life with more appreciation and awareness.

In this 6-hour workshop we’ll meet the primary practices of mindfulness, learn about the scientific and cultural roots of these practices, and have time for a hands-on experiential immersion. The day will conclude with small group discussion and dialog with the instructor on your experience of the day and how mindfulness can be integrated into daily life at work and at home.

Our mindfulness workshops are based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - a well-researched class that has proven very effective in helping with many stress related issues.

CORE Programs

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week course on mindfulness practice and stress reduction developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since then over 18,000 people have taken MBSR, and an extensive research base has proven its benefits make it truly the gold standard for mindfulness training.

These benefits include increases in focus and creativity at work; coping effectively with short- and long-term stressors in the workplace; greater physical, emotional and psychological resilience; and more productive engagement with co-workers and management, less burnout and turnover.
Format: 8 classes, one extended session, and daily home practice.

Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals

Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals (MHP) will train organizational leadership and staff in the core elements of MBSR over a shorter time period. As with the full MBSR curriculum, research has shown that this training can have significant benefits for participants’ job satisfaction, their relationships with patients and co-workers, and their focus and creativity at work.
Format: 4 classes, one extended session, and daily home practice.

Follow up Programs

Mindful Communication – 4 hours

Mindful Communication is focused on exploring communication styles that foster a healthier work environment through improving communication, decreasing stress and building a foundation for a safe, supportive and nourishing workplace. Mindful Communication asks what can I bring to this communication, rather than just what can I get from it. What qualities, such as kindness, acceptance, patience, lightness, humor and strength can I offer? When we communicate mindfully, every interaction is fresh with opportunity and open to discovery.

Mindful Leadership – 4 hours

A mindful leader embodies leadership presence by cultivating focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion in the service of others. Leadership presence is a tangible quality. It requires full and complete attention in the present moment. Those around a mindful leader see and feel that presence.
This workshop introduces techniques specifically designed to explore the intersection of mindfulness training and the qualities associated with leadership excellence. With dedication and practice, employees transform their leadership abilities and their environments into places of increased innovation, greater focus, improved productivity and widespread compassion.

Mindfulness and Emotional Resilience – 4 hours

Emotional Resilience refers to a person’s capacity for meeting difficult emotional situations with greater equanimity and a person’s capacity for returning to a state of emotional balance more quickly. The key to both is combining mindfulness and compassion.

This workshop introduces techniques specifically designed to enhance participants’ ability to respond to difficult emotional situations with both mindfulness and compassion, a combination cultivates emotional resilience.  Mindfulness allows a person to face difficult situations squarely and clearly, and compassion allows us to respond with kindness and understanding, reducing the felt sense of pain and the internal story-telling that creates suffering.

Meeting Mindfulness II – 6 hours

For those with previous training in mindfulness, we'll learn new practices that build on and add to the practices learned in previous workshop(s). More immersive and intensive than our other workshops, Meeting Mindfulness II offers the opportunity to explore both the possibilities and the difficulties of deepening our practice and integrating it more fully in work and home life. Look for a full experience of hands-on practices closing with discussion and dialog about integrating mindfulness more fully into life at work and at home

Upcoming classes for healthcare professionals

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