Northwest AHEC to Host Program on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

By Staff

The Northwest Area Health Education Center of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and part of the North Carolina AHEC System will host a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshop starting March 8 at Deacon Tower in Winston-Salem.

The eight-week educational course teaches participants the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness from moment to moment to promote personal healing and wellness. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, supports people in developing healthy and positive approaches to handling life’s stressful moments, whether they are physical, mental or emotional challenges.

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The workshop is designed for health and human service professionals, including physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, substance abuse counselors, nurses and allied health professionals, and any other individuals interested in learning about MBSR.

Participants will practice mindfulness through both formal and informal practices, including sitting and mindful movement, and will learn to skillfully respond to stress, focusing on increasing awareness of the present moment. In addition, they will explore how to apply stress reduction skills to experiences with coworkers, family, friends, patients, students, clients and others in their lives.

“Mindfulness is a way of learning to manage thoughts, behaviors and feelings to promote personal health and happiness,” said Ann McCarty, BA, MS, PA-C, CIHC, a physician assistant at the Mood Treatment Center who is trained extensively in MBSR and will lead the program. “This course gives individuals the tools to find peace in everyday life so that they can best respond to stress, pain, illness or other challenges.”

The workshop is part of Northwest AHEC’s continuing education activities, and information about the program, fees and registration can be found at http://northwestahec.org/47496