A Clinician's Guide to Teaching Mindfulness
About the Book
Mindfulness-based interventions have exploded in popularity due to their success in treating everything from everyday stress to more serious mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This breakthrough book provides professionals with a comprehensive, session-by-session guide to teaching mindfulness, complete with the scripts and training materials needed to teach introductory mindfulness in a wide variety of settings, despite theoretical background.
Mindfulness—once an ancient practice honed in Buddhist monasteries—is now a mainstream, evidence-based, secular intervention employed by trained health and mental health professionals worldwide. The rapid spread of mindfulness increasingly involves psychologists, physicians, social workers, therapists, counselors, spiritual advisers, life coaches, and education professionals trained in their respective disciplines. Additionally, research continues to show that mindfulness is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, stress, pain relief, and many other illnesses.
If you are a professional interested in teaching mindfulness, this book will provide you with everything you need to get started right away. The introductory, six-week protocol outlined in this book is easy-to-use, and can be implemented in a variety of settings, ranging from an outpatient mental health clinic to an inpatient oncology clinic, from a substance abuse recovery program to educational settings.
In addition, this book will tell you what to bring to each class; provides outlines for each session; offers scripts to help you differentiate the weekly meditative practices; and provides invaluable resources for further study and professional development. If you’re looking to integrate mindfulness into your professional work, this is your go-to guide.
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—Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School
-Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living with Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Every Day
-Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
-Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
-Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
-Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD, research professor of medicine and psychiatry, and biobehavioral sciences director in the pain research program at the Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
-Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, executive director of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, US Department of Veterans Affairs
-Elisha Goldstein, PhD, author of Uncovering Happiness
-Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, The Developing Mind, Brainstorm, and Mindsight; executive director of the Mindsight Institute; founding codirector of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center; and clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
-David Rakel, MD, founder and director of Integrative Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
-Phillip Moffitt, mindfulness teacher and author of Dancing with Life and Emotional Chaos to Clarity
“This guide is a warm welcome to clinicians who have seen the benefits of mindfulness around them and may have a personal practice, but don't have the proper tools to share it with others. With true generosity, the authors provide these tools, leaving no stone unturned in terms of the practical details of teaching an introductory mindfulness course, while also sharing their wisdom on the theoretical underpinnings of mindfulness. This book should be required reading for trainees in medicine and nursing as well as psychology.”
-Kirsten Tillisch, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the mind-body research program in the Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Chief of Integrative Medicine at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
“This is a book that is really more like a kind and trusted mentor to guide you through the wonderful and rewarding journey of sharing mindfulness with others. Written with a warm and engaging style and informed by deep wisdom and long experience, Wolf and Serpa have found a way to support new teachers in a systematic yet personable way on the path toward teaching mindfulness. The twin threads of solid clinical experience and deep reflection on the dharma provide a unique, complementary, and informative perspective on something that is hard to skillfully put into words. If you seek to teach mindfulness in any sort of setting, you will find this to be a valuable resource that you will refer to often in your journey. You'll be glad you have this resource at each step along the way.”
-Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, executive director of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California, San Diego, and associate clinical professor in the UCSD department of psychiatry