Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (Thursdays)
taught by Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH
Please review this note from Dr. Lin BEFORE registering to ensure that this class will be a proper fit for your needs.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically proven 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
8 Week course: Thursdays, from 6:00-8:30 pm September 7 - October 26, 2017
Retreat: Sunday, October 15, from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
*Note: The first class on September 7, will be held from 6:00-9:00 pm
** Note: Class 5 will be held on Sunday, October 8, 6:00-8:30 pm, NOT on Thursday, October 5
Pricing and Scholarship Information
The course fee is $350.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 first day of class (8/17/17). Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.
If you are a UW Affiliate and have department approval to pay using a UW budget transfer, you may register for a 25% discount ($262.50). Please add your department budget number at check out.
Continuing Education Credits
Pay extra $5.00 at registration to receive:
Please note: CCFW fees increases to $20 if credit hours or clock hours are requested AFTER the course begins.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Below are our cancellation deadlines.
Cancellation by 8/24/17: Full Refund, less $5 processing fee.
Cancellation between 8/25/17-9/7/17: 50% refund, less $5 processing fee.
Cancellations after 9/7/2017: No refunds guaranteed after the start of the course.
Pay it Forward - Support the Scholarship Fund
If you are able to pay more for the course, we encourage you to consider donating to the Mindfulness Outreach Fund which allows CCFW to offer 50% and 100% scholarships to community members to aid in the cost of registration fees for mindfulness courses. Scholarships are awarded to increase accessibility of mindfulness and compassion training for individuals who have limited resources to obtain such training and to those who work in communities experiencing adversity. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, please visit http://giving.uw.edu/mindfulness
About the Instructor
Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Dr. Lin is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and an adjunct scientific investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Dr. Lin 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 25 years. She has trained extensively with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and leaders in mindfulness, as well as Drs. Germer and Neff, founders of the Mindful Self-Compassion program. She has been teaching mindfulness and compassion for the last 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.”
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Associate Director of Programs
Center for Child & Family Well-Being