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     McMaster is a community that is committed to   creating a Brighter, Healthier World by prioritizing           the health and wellness of its employees.


Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.

— Jon Kabat-Zim, Ph. D


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Health Care Professionals

SPRING 2019 - Back by popular demand

10-week Program, plus all-day retreat

Dates: Feb. 19 - Apr. 23, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Retreat on: Saturday, March 30, 2019 (all-day)
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Participants must commit to attend the program.
No previous experience is required.

This 10-week course is designed to promote both personal wellness and professional resilience and capacity. It provides the unique opportunity for individuals to develop their personal mindfulness practice as well as to examine the interface between mindfulness practice and the arts of healing and teaching. Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of relating to life circumstances so that they can be approached with greater calm, clarity and wisdom.

Over 20 years of research has shown that MBSR participants report:

- lasting decreases in physical and psychological
- greater ability to cope with stress
- greater facility to learn
- greater energy and enthusiasm for life

[Flyer & Registration form for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)]PDF

Register Online

Other info.:
MBSR is an intensive 9-week, once weekly, group program based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Associates at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the late 1970s.

  • the curriculum is based on the emerging field of Mind-Body Medicine
  • through intensive training in a combination of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and self-regulation skills, participants learn to mobilize their deep inner resources to facilitate learning, growth, healing, enhance self care, and make positive shifts in attitudes, behaviors, and relationships.

For more information on MBSR, please click here.


Past Events - for reference

Mindful Self-Compassion New!
(no previous experience is required to attend this course)

Apr. 11 - June 6, 2018  (9 weekly sessions --Wednesdays - 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.)

Retreat:   Sat., May 12, 2018
(9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
[Flyer & Registration form-Mindful Self-Compassion]PDF

Increasingly, health-care institutions are coming under pressure to do more with less, to provide quality care with less resources and to improve the experience of patients and their families. As a result, many health-care workers find themselves grappling with increased levels of stress, burnout, compassion/empathy fatigue and conflict within their teams and colleagues.

Learning Objectives:

• develop mindfulness
• develop self and other observational tools thus    improving one's relationship with self and others
• learn to manage suffering and difficult emotions
• learn the skills to start to develop self-compassion,   self-care behaviors,and set boundaries without   burnout, apathy, numbness and exhaustion
• promote resilience, health and well-being within the    self and the health care environment

TestimonialPDF - read what past participants have said regarding this course.

For more information about mindful self-compassion:

Kristin Neff video:

Journal of Clinical Psychology:


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Narrative Healthcare: Developing Narrative Competency for Healthcare Professionals

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    free of charge

This workshop will explore how developing our skills in narrative competence in the clinical setting can increase our effectiveness as both clinicians and educators.

 [Flyer for Narrative Healthcare: Developing Narrative Competency for Healthcare Professionals PDF

Register Online

Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of
                   Optimal Learning

  Wed., May 28, 2018    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

[Flyer for Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of
Optimal Learning PDF

Register Online


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Upcoming Events --

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UPCOMING EVENTS — 2018 - 2019  

Developing Resilience through Applied Mindfulness (DRAM)

Oct. 13, 2018 - March 23, 2019
[Flyer & Registration form for DRAM2018-19 (DRAM 1-4)PDF

DRAM 1 - Foundations of Mindfulness: Historical Origins and Contemporary Practice
Oct. 13-14, 2018 (CANCELLED)  Pre-requisite: None

DRAM 2 - The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Nov. 16-17, 2018 (CANCELLED)  Pre-requisite: None

DRAM 3 - Being the Change: Growing Civility and Resilience through Secular Ethics and Mindfulness
Jan. 26-27, 2019    Pre-requisite: Prior mindfulness experience

DRAM 4 - Integrating Mindfulness into Personal and Professional Life
Mar 22-23, 2019     Pre-requisite: Prior mindfulness
                           course and a desire to deepen                            personal mindfulness                                    practice, and apply mindfulness
                           skills in the workplace

TestimonialPDF - read what past participants have said regarding this course.

Testimonial - video
Past participants sharing their thoughts about DRAM -

Transforming Compassion Fatigue: "Surviving to Thriving"

Mon., Nov. 26, 2018     9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   

[Flyer & Registration form for Transforming Compassion Fatigue]PDF

Register Online

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New Research on the Benefits of Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals!

In 2013 HHS and St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton received a Health Work Environment Partnership and Innovation grant from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to study the impact of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on healthcare providers. 125 healthcare professionals, including nurses, social workers, PT/OT, managers and others, were enrolled in the study. Pre and post surveys were completed to track changes in empathy and symptoms of burnout. Focus groups were conducted with participants one year later to explore the sustained impact of the program. The study by Sandra Moll, Andrea Frolic and Brenda Keys was recently published in the Journal of Hospital Administration. It found that participants experienced:

• significant increase in empathy and compassion
• significant decrease in burnout
• increased ability to listen mindfully to others
• less emotional reactivity
• enhanced skills in managing conflict
• an ability to integrate mindfulness into daily life both within and outside of work

Click here to read the full version of the study! Share with your friends!


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