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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


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NEW (Advanced Course) - Spring 2019
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Deepening Awareness and Insight in Mindfulness Practice -- FULL

May 14 to June 18, 2019   5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

McMaster Innovation Park (MIP)

This course is designed for those seeking to deepen awareness and insight in their mindfulness practice, as well as to increase professional resilience and work satisfaction in their healthcare practice.

Through this course participants will:

  • Experience systematic practices that deepen awareness states and cultivate insight
  • Explore ways to increase resilience and work satisfaction through the integration of mindfulness into professional practice

    Pre-Requisite: Participants must have a foundational knowledge of the principles of mindfulness, as well
    as basic experience with mindfulness practice

[Flyer & Registration form for Deepening Awareness and Insight in Mindfulness Practice]PDF

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Past Events - for reference

 TestimonialPDF - read what past participants have said regarding our DRAM course.

Testimonial - video
Past participants sharing their thoughts about DRAM -

Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal Learning
Wednesday, May 22, 2019  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
[Flyer & Registration form for Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal Learning]PDF

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New!Mindfulness and Stress Reduction - An Introductory Workshop for All -- FULL

Wed., Jan. 23, 2019      9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
[Flyer and registration details for Mindfulness and Stress Reduction - An Introductory Workshop for All]


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Health Care Professionals -- FULL

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

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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.

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

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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

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Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention and Reflection to our work (Advanced)New!

FALL 2019 -

9 weekly sessions, plus all-day retreat

Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Retreat on: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 (all-day)
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Participants must commit to attend the full program.

This 9-week advanced mindfulness course is an experiential curriculum for health care providers, educators and those working in the social services. This may include: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, psychotherapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chaplains and support staff and administrators.

Suitable for those who wish to deepen their current knowledge and practice and the focus will be applying their mindfulness skills to the workplace.

Previous participants have reported the following benefits:

- decreased mood disturbance and improved sense of well-being and vitality

- decreased burnout and less depersonalization

- greater attention to patients' personal and psychosocial concerns

-enhanced capacity for compassion

- improved listening and speaking skills

Flyer and registration form for Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention and Reflection to our work

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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 colleagues!


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