Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an eight week program
that assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to
respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions, and
promote healthy living. Research suggests that mindfulness practice can
positively affect stress resilience; physical and mental health; academic
skills; self-regulation of emotional reactivity; interpersonal skills; general
well-being and happiness.
Some reasons people come to the group include,
but are not limited to:
- job, school or family stress
- chronic pain
- hypertension, heart disease
- enhancement of quality of life; happiness
- mild or situational depression
- wellness and self-care
- cancer or other illness
- anxiety, panic
- anger-management, life transitions
Intentional, present-moment awareness, developed through mindfulness
meditation practices, helps us experience whatever is happening in our life
as it unfolds with curiosity, non-judging attention, and compassion for
ourselves and others.
Engaging with our life in this manner helps us
become more skillful and creative in our responses, while gaining insight
into how to free ourselves from habitual patterns of reacting such as
anxiously anticipating the future, chronically focusing on the past or just
going through the motions of living, missing what is actually occurring
right now, including when things are pleasant and joyful.
of awareness, cultivated by the practice of mindfulness meditation, enables
us to wake up to the pleasures in our lives and enhances our ability to
tap into our wisdom and internal resources in difficult times.
practice of mindfulness is accessible, universal and can be practically
integrated into your everyday life.
The program can be a complement
to current medical care as well as promotion of health and well-being.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has been offered at the University of
Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since 1996. It is sponsored by the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and is modeled after the well-known
program developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Jon
Tuesdays, January 21, 2014 to
March 11, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Extended Session: Saturday, March 1,
2014 from 9 am to 3 pm
Deadline to register: January 16,
Thursdays, January 23, 2014 to March 13,
2014 from 9:30 to 11:30 am
Extended Session: Saturday, March 1, 2014 from
9 am to 3 pm
Deadline to register: January 16, 2014
Mondays, February 10, 2014 to April 7, 2014 from 4:30
to 6:30 pm (no class March 17)
Extended Session: Saturday, March 29,
2014 from 9 am to 3 pm
Deadline to register: February 3,
Attendance at an information session is
required prior to registering. There is no fee for this information
session, nor is there an obligation to sign up. If you choose to
participate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, you will be asked to
register and pay the $425 ($210 for current University of Iowa students) fee
with cash, check or credit card.
Information sessions listed below are located in the Adult Psychiatry
Outpatient Clinic (Elevator I, Level 1) at the University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics. No pre-registration is required.
December 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm
- Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:30
- Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at noon
- Wednesday, January 8,
2014 at 5:30 pm
- Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm
- Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Download a flyer for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Winter 2014.
for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is $425* ($215 for current UI
students) and completes your registration at the informational session,
should you choose to participate. The fee may be paid with cash, check or
credit card. Anyone may participate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction,
whether or not they are a university employee. Non-University of Iowa
employees with limited financial resources may apply for a
*The University of Iowa is providing health promotion
services, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, free of charge
for eligible employees through liveWELL. For more information, visit liveWELL.