In this 2.5 hour session, experiential training in MBSR continues with an emphasis on the growing capacity to self-regualte and cope more effectively with stress. Discussion is oriented around the continued development of “transformational coping strategies”: Awareness, attitudes and behaviors that enhance the psychological characteristic known as “stress hardiness” or resilience. Theory is linked directly to the MBSR methods and skills being practiced and grounded in the actual life experiences of the participants. The emphasis continues to be on the broadening of participants’ inner resources for developing healthenhancing attitudes and behaviors and the practical application of such competencies into participants’ particular life situations and health status. Daily mindfulness practices continue to be assigned for home practice with an emphasis on the observation and application of these skills in everyday life. Participants engage in an in-depth exploration of stress as it presents within the domain of communications – particularly, difficult and challenging interpersonal exchanges. The focus of this strategy-building session revolves around the application of previously learned mindfulness/MBSR skills and methods in the area of communications. A variety of communication styles are examined both didactically and experientially, and strategies for more effective and creative interpersonal communication are developed.
The above content was taken from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Authorized Curriculum Guide © 2017
Version Revised and Edited by:
Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA
Lynn Koerbel, MPH
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD (MBSR program founder and creator of the MBSR curriculum)