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BASED STRESS REDUCTION
Ted Meissner joined the Center for Mindfulness in UMASS in December of 2015, transitioning from over twenty years in corporate Information Technology (IT). Throughout his professional career, Ted continued to grow his meditation practice of 25 years, and completed the training path to become an MBSR teacher. He began exploring the use of digital technology to share the practice with others who have a similar interest in both the scientific findings and in the personal transformative power of meditation. He has taught mindfulness within the corporate environment, delivering both in-person and virtual programs to hundreds of participants.
Within more recent years, Ted combined his experience with social networking with his passion for meditation, starting two podcasts with supportive websites and social networking presences. His efforts resulted in over 1.4 million podcast downloads worldwide, and 12 independently run sites in 9 countries using 4 languages. His dialogues on the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science brings guest mindfulness researchers, authors, teachers, and practitioners to talk about their work and how it can help others. Ted has also been a guest on various podcasts including Brain Science, presented at international conferences, and participated on collaborative teams supported by Mind and Life Institute.
BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY
Zindel is the Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto. His research has helped to characterize psychological markers of relapse vulnerability to affective disorder. Among the books he has authored are Interpersonal Process in Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Vulnerability to Depression, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A new approach for preventing relapse. Awarded the Douglas Utting Prize for significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of depression and the Hope Award by the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, he continues to advocate for the relevance of mindfulness-based clinical care in psychiatry and mental health.
Vidyamala is the co-founder of Breathworks CIC, the internationally acclaimed mindfulness organisation based in the UK. Breathworks arose out of her experience using mindfulness to manage severe pain following spinal injuries in her teens. She has written a range of articles and books and recorded a number of audio CDs and downloads of guided meditations. Her main titles include LIVING WELL WITH PAIN & ILLNESS published in 2008 and MINDFULNESS FOR HEALTH, co-written with Dr Danny Penman, published in 2013. This is being released in the USA with the title YOU ARE NOT YOUR PAIN.
BASED LIVING COURSE
In 2010 Heather co-founded the Mindfulness Association which is now one of the largest Mindfulness Training and Mindfulness Teacher Training organisations in the UK and of which she is currently the Managing Director. She teaches Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight courses and leads the team that developed and delivers the Mindfulness Teacher Training program to teach the 8 week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC). She is a past convenor and member of the executive committee of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training organisations, which develops good practice guidelines for Mindfulness teachers and which runs the UK Listing of Mindfulness teachers.
BASED CHILDBIRTH AND PARENTING (MBCP)
Nancy is a midwife, mindfulness teacher, and the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program. A longtime meditation practitioner, she began her professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductions (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, in 1994. After teaching MBSR for a number of years, Nancy began adapting the program to meet the needs of pregnant women and their partners, creating the MBCP program. Since 1998, Nancy has taught MBCP to more than 1500 expectant parents. Nancy currently leads the MBCP program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.
Sarah is a co-creator of MBRP and co-author of the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's Guide. Sarah has facilitated MBRP groups in private and county treatment agencies, in criminal justice institutions, and at the VA Medical Center, and offers trainings to researchers and clinicians in the U.S., Europe, and Central America. She is particularly interested in the application of mindfulness-based work to dual-diagnosis and under-served populations. Sarah is a licensed clinical psychologist, an Assistant Professor at Pacific University, in Portland, OR, and an affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Steve is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health. As Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Steve is the Founder and Executive Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for 15 years and has trained teachers of MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and is an MSC Teacher Trainer as well. He leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.
MINDFULNESS IN SCHOOLS TRAINING PRoGRamme
Claire is the Director of Curricula and Training at MiSP. Having worked in education 25 years, and at a senior leadership level for 18 of those years, Claire joined Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) in 2012.Claire is particularly interested in the role mindfulness can play in supporting staff in schools, and how this then feeds into students’ experiences of education. Claire is a trained teacher of mindfulness for adults (MBSR), and is a teacher trainer in MiSP’s curricula for young people and school staff. She has taught mindfulness in a range of settings, including traditional and special needs schools, PRUs, universities and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster
Frits is a trainer in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). As a teacher he is connected to MBSR Training Institutes in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland. Erik van den Brink is psychiatrist/psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher. Since its founding in 2007, he has been involved with the Center for Integrative Psychiatry, an innovative mental health clinic integrating complementary methods in mainstream psychiatric care. Together they have developed a follow-up programme for participants who have already followed a course in MBSR/MBCT. This programme is called Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) programme. Together they wrote Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (Routledge, 2015).
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