Teaching Mindfulness - A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators

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Donald McCown Teaching Mindfulness - A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators
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The applications and use of mindfulness-based interventions in medicine, mental health care, and education have been expanding as rapidly as the empirical evidence base that is validating and recommending them. This growth has created a powerful demand for professionals who can effectively deliver these interventions, and for the training of new professionals who can enter the fold.Ironically, while the scientific literature on mindfulness has surged, little attention has been paid to the critical who and how of mindfulness pedagogy. Teaching Mindfulness is the first in-depth treatment of the person and skills of the mindfulness teacher. It is intended as a practical guide to the landscape of teaching, to help those with a new or growing interest in mindfulness-based interventions to develop both the personal authenticity and the practical know-how that can make teaching mindfulness a highly rewarding and effective way of working with others. The detail of theory and praxis it contains can also help seasoned mindfulness practitioners and teachers to articulate and understand more clearly their own pedagogical approaches. Engagingly written and enriched with vignettes from actual classes and individual sessions, this unique volume:Places the current mindfulness-based interventions in their cultural and historical context to help clarify language use, and the integration of Eastern and Western spiritual and secular traditionsOffers a highly relational understanding of mindfulness practice that supports moment-by-moment work with groups and individualsProvides guidance and materials for a highly experiential exploration of the reader's personal practice, embodiment, and application of mindfulness Describes in detail the four essential skill sets of the mindfulness teacher


Donald McCown
Diane K. Reibel
Marc S. Micozzi

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The first academic text on teaching mindfulness across a broad range of professional clinical settings

Written from a sensitive secular perspective that acknowledges the Buddhist roots of the practice, as well as the full range of theistic and non-theistic traditions, with attention to the Jewish and Christian practices that are a central part of the authors’ identities

Springer US

Donald McCown, MAMS, MSS, is a lecturer in the School of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University. He is Director of Mindfulness at Work Programs at the Mindfulness Institute at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, where he has been developing much of the theoretical and pedagogical material presented in Teaching Mindfulness since 2003, testing and refining ideas and practices with a wide range of populations in a variety of teaching formats. He also teaches MBSR foundation courses and advanced mindfulness courses for the general public, and teaches clinicians to teach mindfulness. A social worker trained at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Soial Work and Social Research, he also holds a Master of Applied Meditation Studies degree from Won Institute, has participated in professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and has completed the most advanced teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He maintains a practice in mindfulness-based psychotherapy at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, with particular interest in the use of mindfulness in working with adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, and with artists and professionals negotiating anxiety and depression in their lives.

Diane Reibel, Ph.D., is the Director of The Mindfulness Institute at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center o

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tegrative Medicine. She co-founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at Jefferson in 1996 and has been teaching MBSR for over 17 years to patients, medical students, college students, and healthcare professionals. She currently runs a Practicum in MBSR for Professionals and offers advanced mindfulness teacher training programs including internships and supervision for professionals integrating mindfulness into their work. Dr. Reibel participated in professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and has completed the most advanced teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical Center where she has been awarded MBSR teacher certification. She also holds a joint appointment as Research Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Jefferson Medical College and studies the effects of mindfulness on physical and psychological health. Her research is published and widely cited in both scientific journals and the popular press. Dr. Reibel brings both a scientific foundation and heartfulness to her work.

Marc Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D. is professor of medicine and director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is the past executive director of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Prior to joining the College, Dr. Micozzi was the founding director of the Na

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um of Health and Medicine and a Distinguished Scientist with the American Registry of Pathology in Washington, D.C. Dr. Micozzi is the author of Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the first textbook on this subject for physicians and medical students, now in its third edition. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Dr. Micozzi has worked to foster communication and cooperation between mainstream and alternative medicine on issues of policy research and education.

"The authors present many interesting ideas about balancing the interdependence of the group's freedom and resonance, the teacher's responsibility, how to deal with aggression, and other topics. ... the book is useful for the individual teacher, for a group of teachers who can debate and develop their own style of teaching, and even for schools. ... I recommend this book to all who work with mindfulness ... ." (Finn Janning, Finn Janning,, January, 2017)

"Teaching Mindfulness as a whole is divided into three parts, each one focusing on one of the three central questions with respect to teaching mindfulness: Why, who, and how. ... For anyone looking for information, help, guidance, or support in teaching mindfulness in pretty much any setting, this book is an absolute must. I certainly will be referring to it and mining it for years to come." (Leslie C. Miller, Philosophical Practice, Vol. 10 (2), July, 2015)

"This book describes the basic skills of mindfulness for professionals ... . the book is 'most accessible to clinicians, such as physicians, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and others, as well as to clergy and educators.' ... This helpful book is easy to read and practical ... . The use of mindfulness is very popular and clients can benefit greatly. ... passion for this art is clearly communicated in this book, which really is its strength." (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Review Service, June, 2010)

"Teaching Mindfulness offers a coherent, thorough, and genuine text on the topic, maintaining both the pragmatism and clarity that is required for a professional ... . I recommend this book be read by anyone with an interest in teaching mindfulness formally or informally, novice or expert. ... What it ends up being is a jewel in the young, turbulent waters of Western mindfulness prac
tice and a vital and glowingly genuine contribution to the literature as a whole." (Joshua C. Felver-Gant, Mindfulness, July, 2010)

"The purpose is to introduce healthcare practitioners and other giving professionals to the practice and teaching of mindfulness. ... It is written for healthcare practitioners as well as counselors, nurses, therapists, clergy, and educators. It is also appropriate for individuals, such as coaches like myself, who have an established interest in mindfulness interventions. ... I found this book to be a valuable resource and a tool that I can use to take the next steps in increasing my knowledge and capabilities." (Howard A. Fox, Doody's Review Service, September, 2011)

This is a rigorous, systematic guide for the professional development of mindfulness practitioners across the range of professional clinical settings. It is also a hands-on text covering both the academic theory and the skills required in teaching mindfulness.


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