New Mindfulness Programs: A Letter from Bev

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; 

enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); 

being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”

– James Baraz, mindfulness teacher & author

Bev Klug

Bev Klug

Greetings,

I hope you are enjoying this day. Below you’ll find a new resource, our new Winter/Spring Mindfulness Programs with descriptions and registration information as well as upcoming retreat information. We also have a new web address https://uihc.org/mindfulness-programs so please put us in your “favorites” and double-check listings there in case of changes or to share with others.

A New Resource Click here for a video (or see below, JA) we’ve come across that is a lovely refresher of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s mindful attitudes that are so helpful in our practice and in daily living. He has even added a couple of new ones!

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)   

This 8-week program assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions and to promote healthy living. Please share the information with people whom you think might benefit. Everyone is welcome whether or not they are a UI employee. UI employees may be eligible for full fee support through UI Wellness. They need to meet employment criteria, fill out the Personal Health Assessment at http://hr.uiowa.edu/livewell and schedule an appointment with a health coach. Currently registered UI students receive a 50% discount on the fee. Non-UI employees who are highly motivated to participate, but have severely limited financial resources, may request a scholarship application. Options for the required informational sessions are listed on the flyer below. See www.uihealthcare.org/mindfulness for more details.

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT is a program that integrates mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy. Scientific research supports that it is effective, when practiced consistently, for prevention of depression relapse and, for some, reduced use or elimination of anti-depressant medication. It can also be helpful in relating skillfully to anxiety.  People who have had episodes of depression must be currently in at least partial remission in order to participate. The group is similar in structure and format to the MBSR program, with more focus on being aware of cognitive, emotional and behavioral patterns that contribute to depression relapse and/or escalation of anxiety and using the practice of mindfulness to respond more skillfully. MBCT and the required intake session are paid for by most insurance plans with mental health and group therapy coverage. Participants must have a diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety. You can participate in this program even if you have completed MBSR and, in fact, many people find it useful to do so if they experience chronic depression and/or anxiety. Contact Tess or Keely at mindfulness@uiowa.edu or 319-384-5089to schedule an intake session. See flyer below for details also. Instructor is Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT.

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Graduate Groups

The groups below are open to people who have completed one of our 8-week programs at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Carver College of Medicine or University of Iowa (academic courses). UI employees with flex spending accounts may be reimbursed for the fees. Many people find that the graduate groups help them return to more consistent practice, deepen what they are already doing, and/or benefit from practicing and discussing mindfulness with others.

1)  Spaces

What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space…             From “Fire” by Judy Brown

The beginning of a new calendar year often elicits resolutions and intentions for healthier living.  These good ideas, without practice, may quickly fall away as busyness and old habits exert their force.  In this group, we’ll focus on brief and extended mindfulness practices that support us in both creating spaces in our lives and being aware of those that are always here.  For example, the space between impulse and action when awareness may help us make a conscious, skillful choice instead of engage in an automatic reaction that isn’t congruent with our intentions.

Schedule: Tuesdays, January 10 – February 7, 2017  (5 classes)                      Registration Deadline:  January 5, 2017

Time:  5:30-6:30 PM

Fee:  $90 (Pay at first class – may be reimbursed by UI flex spending)

Location:  UI Hospitals and Clinics

Instructor:  Chris Klug, M.A.

Registration: Email mindfulness@uiowa.edu and we will send you specific directions and confirmation of your registration.

Note: Mindfulness programs are fee-for-service and viability of a group is based on enrollment, as is the specific location. Please check your schedule carefully before registering.

 

2)  Mindful Parenting

An important part of mindful parenting “is seeing ourselves with some degree of kindness and compassion. This includes seeing and accepting our limitations, our blindnesses, our humanness and fallibility, and working with them mindfully as best we can.”    -Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn, Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

Do you find yourself wishing you could truly be with your children more often, instead of feeling distracted and divided? When under stress, would you like to be more responsive and less reactive with your children? Could you benefit from cultivating greater compassion and acceptance for yourself and your family? This group will apply the fundamental attitudes of mindful awareness to our relationship with our closest observers and most beloved critics: our children. Topics will be tailored to the interests of the group as we share the full catastrophe that is mindful parenting. Class time will include sitting meditation, discussion and suggestions for mindful parenting practices throughout  week, with email support between classes.

Schedule: Wednesdays, January 25-February 22, 2017  (5 classes)

Registration Deadline:  January 19, 2017

Time:  6:00-7:00 PM

Fee:  $90 (Pay at first class – may be reimbursed by UI flex spending)

Location:  UI Hospitals and Clinics

Instructor:  Kerri Eness-Potter, M.A.

Registration: Email mindfulness@uiowa.edu and we will send you specific directions and confirmation of your registration.

Note: Mindfulness programs are fee-for-service and viability of a group is based on enrollment, as is the specific location. Please check your schedule carefully before registering.

 

3)  Practicing Kindness and Compassion

Meditation requires patience and lovingkindness. If the process of clear seeing isn’t based on self-compassion it will become a process of self-aggression. We need self-compassion to stabilize our minds, to work with our emotions, to stay…  -Pema Chödrön

Mindfulness practice is one of paying attention intentionally with attitudes such as non-judging, patience, and compassion as we hold our experiences in awareness. Lovingkindness meditation is a practice of intentionally nurturing these attitudes toward ourselves and others, while still acknowledging the truth of our experience. It can be useful in developing our ability to bring compassion and kindness to self-criticism, as well as judgment of others.

In this practice many people experience a sense of openness, freedom and satisfaction as well as the opportunity to work gently with feelings of anger and sadness. As is always true in the Mindfulness practice, we will work with responding to what arises in each moment, rather than trying to make something in particular happen. Class time will include sitting meditation, and suggestions for practice between sessions will be given.

Schedule: Mondays, March 27 – April 24, 2017 (5 classes)                                                        Registration Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2017

Time:  Noon – 1:00 PM

Fee:  $90  (Pay at first class – may be reimbursed by UI flex spending)

Location:  UI Hospitals & Clinics

Instructor: Kerri Eness-Potter, M.A.

Registration:  Email mindfulness@uiowa.edu and we will send you specific directions and confirmation of your registration.

Note: Mindfulness programs are fee-for-service and viability of a group is based on enrollment, as is the specific location. Please check your schedule carefully before registering.

 

4) Living Mindfully with Chronic Medical Conditions

Being present with and accepting of current-moment experiences can be challenging, even in times of ease.  Living with a chronic medical condition/s can add layers of challenge to this intention through physical discomfort; worries about the future and possible progression of the illness; fear of the unknown; past and current losses; the inevitable, unpredictably appearing, not new but somehow still unexpected (!) symptoms associated – or new symptoms unassociated – with progressive diseases; and dealing with days of essentially feeling “undone” for some time.  Because these conditions aren’t always visible to others and the person experiencing them may be going about their life working, parenting, etc., even while hurting or feeling sick, it’s common for the suffering they experience to go unacknowledgedor misunderstood by others, thus contributing to them feeling or becoming isolated.  When the condition flares periodically, the ensuing limitations may impact their ability to work, maintain social and familial relationships, while also creating uncertainty and possible losses. The practice of mindfulness – opening to what is here with compassion,  kindness and wise discernment, can serve as a trusted guide in living as fully as possible, even with this.  Let’s explore together and see what your experience is.
The format of this group will be a combination of practice, reading and discussion. There are some mindfulness-based books and other resources written by people who live with chronic conditions that we will draw from, including a variety of practices.

This group is appropriate for people who want to address, through the lens of mindfulness, some of the challenges associated with chronic medical conditions that are not predicted to substantially improve, including, but not limited to:  Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD); Multiple Sclerosis (MS); fibromyalgia; Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (formerly Chronic Fatigue Syndrome); chronic pain; cancer; autoimmuneand other inflammatory illnesses and/or medical symptoms that are unexplainable.

Schedule: Monday, April 3 – May 1 (no class April 17), 2017    (4 classes)                     Registration Deadline:  March 27, 2017

Time: 5:30-6:30PM 

Fee:  $75

Location: UI Hospitals and Clinics

Instructor:  Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT

Registration: Email mindfulness@uiowa.edu and we will send you specific directions and confirmation of your registration.

Note: Mindfulness programs are fee-for-service and viability of a group is based on enrollment, as is the specific location. Please check your schedule carefully before registering.

Retreats

Anyone who has completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT, UI Undergraduate, Psychiatry Residency or teen group is welcome to attend an extended retreat. There is no fee but donations to the scholarship program are encouraged. Please email mindfulness@uiowa.edu for location details as they are not all held in the same place. Upcoming retreats will be Saturday from 9:00 am-3:30 pm on the following dates:

November 5, 2016

February 25, 2017

April 1, 2017

April 29, 2017

 

Please let us know if you have suggestions for other programs that could support you in your practice of mindfulness.

Wishing you well,

Bev

Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT

Director of Mindfulness-Based Programs

Department of Psychiatry, UIHC

200 Hawkins Dr. /1911 JPP

Iowa City, IA  52242

www.uihc.org/mindfulness-programs

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Comments

  1. Jim,

    I encountered a couple of resources that your mindfulness readers may be interested in.

    The first is an article on the wandering mind in medicine. It is written by Jonathan Smallwood – a cognitive psychologist who I started reading about 15 years ago when I was looking into fantasy and dreams as aspects of conscious behavior. In this article he talks about how mindfulness training may be useful in overcoming some aspects of medical practice that can lead to a wandering mind and he explains some of the possible outcomes of that problem. Full text of the article is available free online.

    1: Smallwood J, Mrazek MD, Schooler JW. Medicine for the wandering mind: mind
    wandering in medical practice. Med Educ. 2011 Nov;45(11):1072-80. doi:
    10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.04074.x. PubMed PMID: 21988623. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.04074.x/full
    Within the body of that article he refers to a web site called Headspace ( https://www.headspace.com/ ) for mindfulness training. I went to the site and started the sequence. It does provide first hand experience in how it is done. I am familiar with it from ACT training. I think that the site has probably changed to some degree but they offer a sequence of free 10 minute sessions that can be repeated as long as you want along with more extensive detailed exercises at a very reasonable cost.

    George

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  2. The author of the post above was Bev Klug, our Director of Mindfulness-Based Programs. Way to go, Bev!

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