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Mindfulness Training for Professionals (MTFP) is a training program designed expressly to assist and support the professional who is using or wishes to use mindfulness practices more fully in their professional activities.  The professional participant in this training will have the opportunity to experience mindfulness, learn to practice mindfulness (as taught typically in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)), and will leave the training with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding, information base, and network for the application of mindfulness in their work in any setting.

  • Guided introduction and instruction for developing or deepening a personal mindfulness practice
  • Practice applying mindfulness methods to every aspect of work life
  • Information related to the context for understanding the larger world of meditation, relevant cultural and spiritual issues, and the integration of mindfulness-based techniques with existing approaches and various applications of mindfulness in a variety of disciplines
  • Skills for how to communicate about mindfulness effectively with clients or colleagues
  • Opportunities to meet, share ideas, and form connections with course instructors, and other professional colleagues who share an interest in exploring mindfulness applications in clinical and other settings

Participants will receive a certificate of completion for the Duke Integrative Medicine Mindfulness Training for Professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce participants to mindfulness
  • Learn about the attitudinal basis of mindfulness
  • Gain experience with practicing various mindfulness meditation techniques
  • Recognize common obstacles and resistances that arise in meditation practice
  • Understanding the physiology and psychology of stress
  • Respond to common concerns and questions about mindfulness meditation
  • Learn about and be able to discuss with others some important distinctions between Western mindfulness-based approaches to health and stress reduction, and the larger, global, and more ancient context of meditative traditions
  • Learn about and be able to discuss with others some important distinctions between Western mindfulness-based approaches to health and stress reduction, and the larger, global, and more ancient context of meditative traditions
  • Explore the application of mindfulness to promote satisfaction and effectiveness in work relationships
  • Gain an understanding of the scope, content, and issues controversies related to current scientific research into mindfulness-based approaches to health and stress reduction
  • Learn about integrating various mindfulness practices into a comprehensive mindfulness-based approach to meditation practice
  • Explore the Mindfulness principle of “making mindfulness a way of living”
  • Explore the Mindfulness principle of “making mindfulness a way of living.”
  • Understand the rationale and issues related to including an intensive mindfulness meditation retreat as an important element in any mindfulness-based approach
  • Identify methods to strengthen and sustain a personal mindfulness meditation practice in order to “keep it alive” after a class or retreat ends
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