Courses for Medical Professionals

    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Room 5/6, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 13

    A 14-credit CME mindfulness series in Bellingham for area medical providers and therapists and their spouses or partners.

    The Physicians' Well-Being Network is happy to announce new programs to enhance the health of regional healthcare providers, with gratitude for their sponsor: The St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for healthcare providers and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/RN/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers is a structured 5-week, 16 hour course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health and well-being. This highly participatory, practical class includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Guided instruction in stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • A CD of meditations for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    This course is derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. Further details found below.

    This course has been offered to physicians at many regional medical centers since 2012 including UW Medicine, Evergreen Health, The Everett Clinic, and the Skagit Valley Medical Center through the Northwest Washington Medical Society or co-sponsored with the Washington Physicians Health Program.

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

    Schedule:
    4 classroom sessions: Thursday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm, September 7th, 14th, & 21st and October 12th (skipping September 28th & October 5th).

    Extended session: Sunday October 8th, 9:00am - 3:00pm.

    Location:
    Classroom sessions:

    St. Joseph Hospital
    Conference Room 5/6 (behind the cafeteria)
    2901 Squalicum Parkway
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    Extended session (Sunday October 8th):

    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N. Forest St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $100 subsidized base cost for providers.
    $200 base cost for spouses/partners.

    The fee includes all 5 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    There is also an option to make a donation to extend the wellness funds of the Physicians' Well-Being Network.

    To Register: Mindfulness Northwest is handling registration on behalf of the Physicians' Well-Being Network.

    Register Online or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Continuing Education:
    PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    This activity meets the criteria for up to 14 hours of Category I Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

    Category 1 CME credits are generally accepted on a 1:1 equivalency by nursing, social work, mental health counseling and other licensing authorities. Health care professionals are advised to check about equivalencies with their licensing authorities in advance.

    Disclosure: The Planning Committee, faculty and CME Committee of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center disclose no relevant commercial interest.

    Learning Objectives:
    After this education, learners should be able to:

    • 1.  Employ formal and informal mindfulness training techniques in preventive and responsive ways in high stress situations;
    • 2.  Identify the three primary components of burnout and implement mindfulness practices to reduce risk of burnout along these three axes;
    • 3.  Discuss with peers strategies for positive, mindful engagement in work and home situations which trigger stress response and unhelpful behaviors;
    • 4.  Identify helpful and unhelpful thought patterns, problem solving, emotional regulation, and meaning-focused coping strategies;
    • 5.  Show change in mindfulness, perceived stress, and burnout as shown in standardized measures administered pre and post.

    Additional Details:
    This course is based on the longer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training which has been shown in numerous studies to:

    • increase immune system function
    • reduce anxiety
    • prevent relapse of depression
    • reduce negative emotions responding to stress
    • manage chronic pain
    • help manage chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders
    • provide an effective coping mechanism for short and long-term stressful situations
    • encourage growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
    • enhance compassion and altruism
    • with relationships and communication, parents reduce pregnancy-related anxiety
    • help professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.
    • help veterans and other sufferers of PTSD
    • with obesity - increase “mindfulness of eating”
    • provide an increase in general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful

    This condensed Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals class includes much of the MBSR material, offering a deep taste of mindfulness in a shorter class.

    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • UW Medicine South Lake Union, 850 Republican St, Seattle, WA 98109
    • 0

    For UW-affiliated Healthcare Providers: Mindful Self-Compassion on Sunday evenings. A chance for Seattle-area professionals to learn about MSC first-hand in a supportive group of peers.

    Registration Through UW

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

    MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

    Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention - recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

    In MSC you will learn:

    • How to stop being so hard on yourself
    • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
    • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
    • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
    • How to become your own best teacher

    A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress.  Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for UW-affiliated clinicians and their family members. This includes UW Medicine Staff and residents/fellows/students and their family members. Please contact GME directly with eligibility questions at uwgme@uw.edu or 206.616.8286.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Sunday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm, September 10th - November 12th (skipping Oct 15th; on October 29th there will be an extended class instead - see below)

    Extended session: Sunday October 29th, 1pm - 7pm

    InstructorTim Burnett, Executive Director and Senior Teacher at Mindfulness Northwest

    Location:
    UW Medicine South Lake Union
    850 Republican St
    Seattle, WA 98109
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $150 for UW Faculty/Staff, $50 UW Housestaff

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    The classes are sponsored by UW Graduate Medical Education and the UW School of Medicine Wellness Committee and offered at a reduced fee.

    Registration:
    Registration is through UW SOM via a Catalyst survey:

    Registration Through UW
    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 11 Dec 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Room 5/6, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 25

    A drop-in Mindfulness class to continue the practice of mindfulness. Designed for those who have taken the Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals course and open to all.

    The Physicians' Well-Being Network is happy to announce new programs to enhance the health of regional healthcare providers, with gratitude for their sponsor: The St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for healthcare providers and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/RN/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner. It is designed to provide ongoing practice opportunities for those who have taken the 5-week Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers class. And it is open to others with an interest in mindfulness.

    Course details:
    This highly participatory, practical class continues our practices of:

    • Body Awareness practices such as the Body Scan and Gentle Mindful Yoga
    • Seated meditation including Awareness of Breathing, Labelling, and Loving-Kindness-Meditation.
    • Inquiry and dialog around the application of mindfulness in everyday life at work and at home.
    • Discussion of brief informal practices that you can do anywhere.
    • Support for in-depth formal practice as home (or perhaps in the car at lunch!).
    • Ongoing development of a community of practice for medical professionals of the Bellingham area.

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

    Schedule:
    2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:00pm on Sept 25, Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 27, and Dec 11th.

    Location:
    St. Joseph HospitalConference Room 5
    (the right side of room 5/6 as you leave the cafeteria)
    at 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Cost:
    There is no fee for this drop-in course.

    Background:
    These drop-in sessions continue the work derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. 

    Our mindfulness courses have been offered to physicians at many regional medical centers since 2012 including UW Medicine, Evergreen Health, The Everett Clinic, Skagit Valley Medical Center, UW Valley Medical Center, Providence Northwest Group, and statewide through our partnership with the Washington Physicians Health Program.

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • TEC Evergreen Building, 7600 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203

    For Healthcare Providers: a class teaching the fundamentals of mindfulness and MBSR. Hosted by The Everett Clinic.


    Join us, along with other healthcare providers and their family members, in an investigation of mindfulness from the inside out. Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers is based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is the best researched mindfulness intervention with positive research indications for:

    • Improving immune system function
    • Reducing anxiety
    • Preventing relapse of depression
    • Reducing negative emotional response to stress
    • Managing chronic pain
    • Addressing chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders
    • Effectively coping with short and long-term stressful situations
    • Encouraging growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
    • Enhancing compassion and altruism
    • Reducing pregnancy-related anxiety
    • Helping professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety
    • Coping with PTSD (veterans and other sufferers)
    • Increasing “mindfulness of eating” (e.g., in relationship to obesity)
    • Improving general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and greater awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful
    This Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers class was inspired by MBSR and offers a deep taste of mindfulness training in a shorter 4-week period.

    Eligibility:
    This course is open to all Everett-area healthcare providers and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/RN/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers is a structured 4-week course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical class includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 40-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see our MBSR page for full details about the well-researched MBSR class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    5 meetings: 4 regular class sessions and one extended session.

    4 Wednesdays evenings 6:00pm - 8:30pm: October 11, (skip October 18), October 25, November 1, (skip  November 8), November 15

    Extended session: Sunday November 5th, 9am - 3pm

    InstructorRichard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor

    Location
    TEC Evergreen Building
    7600 Evergreen Way
    Everett, WA 98203
    (map)

    Registration:
    Contact Valerie Murray at vmurray@everettclinic.com or 425-339-5462, extension 3804. For those affiliated with TEC, see also TEC's internal training website.

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