Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Winter 2019

About the Course

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Clinical Social Workers is an ten-week educational program that enables you to explore a wide variety of mindfulness practices in a supported setting with other clinicians. Research has demonstrated that MBSR has measurable benefits including reducing stress, fostering emotional regulation and promoting well-being. This structured, sequential program provides a foundation for a personal practice of mindfulness that can enhance your resilience, while helping you develop an experiential foundation for integrating mindfulness-based approaches into your professional practice.

The program includes a phone orientation session to help you determine whether MBSR is right for you. Weekly 2.5 hour classes introduce you to mindfulness through guided experiential practices, and you have the opportunity to share the successes and challenges you encounter in integrating mindfulness into your daily life with other group members. A full day retreat enables you to take a deeper dive into the practice of mindfulness. 

MBSR is widely used as a stress reduction intervention for health and mental health professionals and their clients around the world. Research is increasingly suggesting that mindfulness practice can deepen your ability to be present, responsive and skillful in your clinical work, as well as enhancing your personal well-being. Whether you are exploring mindfulness for the first time, or looking for a program to support or expand your developing practice, MBSR has much to offer. 

About the Facilitators

Annemarie Gockel(Lead Instructor) Annemarie Gockel, M.S.W., Ph.D., LICSW, SEP, is an associate professor of social work at Smith College School for Social Work. She conducts research on mindfulness in clinical education and community-based intervention, and integrates mindfulness into her teaching and clinical practice. Gockel has had an ongoing personal practice of mindfulness for more than ten years. She trained in MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness at Smith and at local community health and social service organizations.

(Co-Instructor) John Meiklejohn, L.I.C.S.W., B.C.D., is now retired from a 30-year private practice of psychotherapy for adults, teens and children. Authorized to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester, Massachusetts, he has led the 8-week MBSR program numerous times at the Genesis Center in Westfield and at Baystate Medical Center. He is currently a leader and coordinator of the Westfield Mindfulness Meditation Group that meets at the Genesis Center. For the past 3 years, he's been the volunteer coordinator of the Westfield School District's 'Inner Explorer' Program, a mindful-based social/emotional learning program for K-12 students and teachers. He offers orientation training sessions on Inner Explorer for educators and school administrators in local school districts.

Course Schedule

Orientation: A phone orientation with the instructor is required before the first session

Weekly Sessions: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - April 27, 2019, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

All Day Session: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

More Information

Cost: $375.00 - Payment by check at orientation or by credit card online. 
Continuing Education Credits:  up to 26 Social Work or Psychology CEs (Psychology CEs offered through Orlando Behavioral Health*)​
Location: Smith College School for Social Work, Lilly Hall, 2nd floor Conference Room
Please note that SSW is fragrance-free

Pre-registration and attendance at the orientation is required. Seating is limited (maximum of 18 participants).
We reserve the right to cancel the course should an insufficient number of participants enroll.

For further information about the course, contact agockel@smith.edu.
For technical assistance, email sswpe@smith.edu or call (413) 585-7970.

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*Orlando Behavior Health, LLC is approved by the American Psychological  Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Orlando Behavior Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.