Professional Training Faculty

Our Faculty

Jan Bays, MD received a BA degree with honors in biology from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and an MD degree from University of California at San Diego. She has taught pediatrics as an assistant professor at UC San Diego and clinical instructor of pediatrics at OHSU. In the late 1980’s she helped found the Child Abuse Response and Assessment Center (CARES NW) at Legacy Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, where she served as medical director for ten years. Dr. Bays has written a number of articles for medical journals and also book chapters on aspects of child abuse. Her latest book, Mindful Eating: Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Shambhala Publishing, 2009), was inspired by the current epidemic of obesity in America. She currently works part-time for CARES NW as a consultant and lecturer for the Regional Training and Consultation Center in Portland. She lectures on child abuse and mindful eating both in the US and in Japan.

Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA is a nurse-midwife, mindfulness teacher, and founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program which she currently teaches at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She also leads a Professional Development and Teacher Training Program in MBCP at that same institution. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. Nancy began assisting birthing families four decades ago and has been a meditation practitioner since 1982. Her professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. began in 1994 and she has taught MBSR courses for patients with a wide variety of health challenges. In 1998 Nancy began developing her pioneering Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting program and has now taught 65 MBCP courses and numerous mindfulness workshops to several thousand expectant parents. Nancy has also taught mindfulness courses and workshops for healthcare professionals both nationally and internationally, Her book, Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn (HarperCollins) is scheduled for publication in 2012.

Michelle Becker, M.A., LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, CA utilizing mindfulness and compassion based psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups. She is Director of Compassion Programs at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness where she also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion. She is a teacher trainer for Mindful Self-Compassion and co-founder, along with Dr.’s Germer, Neff and Hickman, of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training. She is also co-founder of the San Diego Center For Well Being and co-developer of the Mindful Living for Couples program. Michelle enjoys helping individuals, couples, families and groups to find a meaningful and satisfying way of life. For more information on Michelle’s work and schedule please visit her website: MichelleBeckerLMFT.com.

Karen Bluth, Ph.D. received her PhD in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee in 2012, and holds a faculty position in the Program on Integrative Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine where she is a self-compassion and mindfulness researcher and teacher. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in youth. She is co-creator of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, which is an adaptation of the Neff and Germer Mindful Self-Compassion Program. As a mindfulness practitioner for almost 40 years and an educator with 18 years of classroom experience, Dr. Bluth frequently gives talks and conducts workshops in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational settings and in the community. Dr. Bluth is an Associate Editor of the academic journal Mindfulness and Associate Director of the UNC Mindfulness Program on Stress and Pain Management.

Sarah Bowen, PhD is currently a research scientist at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. Both her clinical work and research focus on mindfulness-based interventions for relapse prevention, with a specific focus on mechanisms of change, including negative affect, thought suppression and craving. She has authored several articles and chapters on this and related topics, is a co-author of the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician’s Guide, and has served as an investigator several related grants. Dr. Bowen has led several MBRP trainings in the U.S. and Canada, and has facilitated and supervised MBRP groups in both private and county treatment agencies, and at the VA Medical Center in Seattle. She is particularly interested in the application of mindfulness-based work to dual-diagnosis populations.

Christine Braehler, DClinPsy is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Munich, Germany, and honorary lecturer at the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. She studied and worked in Scotland for 10 years where she trained in mindfulness and compassion with Rob Nairn at the Mindfulness Association. She is an official trainer in Compassion Focused Therapy developed by Paul Gilbert and has published the first randomized controlled trial of CFT. She is a teacher trainer of the Mindful Self-Compassion Programme developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff and teaches MSC in Europe.

Neha Chawla, PhD is one of the co-creators of MBRP and co-author of the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician’s Guide. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of mindfulness-based treatments for substance use disorders, understanding mechanisms of change, issues related to therapist training and dissemination, and the assessment of therapist competence. Neha has facilitated several MBRP groups in private and community treatment settings in Seattle and on the East-coast.

Larissa Duncan, PhD., is the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds appointments as the Healthy Minds, Children, and Families State Specialist for the UW-Extension system and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison. Dr. Duncan is also core faculty of the Center for Healthy Minds and the Associate Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being at UW-Madison. Prior to her appointment at UW-Madison, Dr. Duncan was Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, and a core faculty member of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Currently, in addition to serving as a faculty affiliate of the UC-San Diego Center for Mindfulness Professional Training Institute, she is a faculty affiliate of the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center’s Program on Empathy, Awareness, and Compassion in Education (PEACE) at Penn State University. Dr. Duncan is internationally recognized for her development of a framework to promote and assess mindful parenting as well as her work to bring mindfulness and compassion training to pregnant women, children/adolescents, and families in diverse community contexts. Dr. Duncan studies the biological and psychological pathways through which secular contemplative practices may support child and family well-being and improve health equity. She has received research funding from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (formerly the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse to support these efforts.”


Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute and Relationships That Work. He leads Strength with Heart men’s groups and seminars and is a founding member of the Men’s Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men’s groups for over 30 years and wrote his dissertation on psychological aspects of the male sex role. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership. He co-created and delivered a resilience training program for several NASA space centers.


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Christopher K. Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in the Boston area. He is a Lecturer on Psychiatry, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. With Kristin Neff, PhD, Dr. Germer developed the Mindful Self-Compassion program. He conducts workshops and lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.
Email: ckgermer@gmail.com • Website: www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org

Richard Goerling has served in civilian law enforcement for over twenty years. He also served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, both active and reserve for 27 years, retiring at the rank of Commander in 2015. He’s had a front row seat to operational stress in both arenas and has spent the last decade as a student, and now trainer, of resiliency. Over the last decade, he has spearheaded the introduction of mindfulness training into policing in the United States and internationally as part of a larger cultural transformation toward a compassionate, skillful and resilient warrior ethos. He serves as an affiliate faculty at Pacific University’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology and participates in mindfulness research at this institution. Richard regularly trains and presents on resiliency for first responders, bringing practical mindfulness skill building to enhance personal, organizational and community resiliency.

Eluned Gold holds an MSc.in Psychotherapy and a PGCE, and is a registered UKCP psychotherapist. Eluned is Head of Continuing Personal and Professional Development at CMRP. Eluneds teaching and research interests lie in Mindfulness with Children and Families, and Mindfulness for Childbirth, and training to teach mindfulness in family settings. She has authored chapters in “The mindfulness Breakthrough’ and has published research articles about mindfulness for primary school teachers.

Allan Goldstein is the Managing Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Certified MBSR Teacher, MBSR Practicum Teacher Trainer, and Mentor. Working in collaboration with Dr. Steven Hickman, Executive Director, he has contributed to the development and evolution of the UCSD CFM Professional Training Institute and Certification programs and the center’s UC San Diego Health System’s group mindfulness programs and teaching staff. He is a member of the working committee of the Mindfulness International Integrity Network. Allan has had a passion for learning, teaching, and providing mentorship for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs since participating in his first program in 1993. He began his professional training at the UMass Center for Mindfulness in the year 2000. Allan has taught MBSR extensively to groups and individuals in various health care, university, military, business, and community settings, including the virtual world of Second Life. Allan’s strong passion for promoting and facilitating the valuable teachings found within MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Programs has propelled him on a journey that continues to unfold in mystery with his love for this sacred work. Website: mbsrmentorship.com

Joel Grow, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at the Seattle Mindfulness Center and lead trainer of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP).  His research interests include clinical applications of mindfulness meditation, primarily in the areas of anxiety, trauma, and addictive behaviors.  He has extensive experience teaching in the university setting, and was awarded the University of Washington “Award for Teaching Excellence.”  He co-facilitates MBRP groups in both private and community treatment settings.

Steven Hickman, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health. He is the founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and the Director of Professional Training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Dr. Hickman teaches Mindful Self-Compassion around the world and trains teachers in the program, in addition to speaking and teaching on the topic of mindfulness-based programs. Steve is particularly interested in supporting men in developing greater self-compassion and mindfulness and is involved in projects to develop these capacities in Olympic-class athletes, first-responders and active duty military.

Lorraine M. Hobbs, M.A., Chom is the Director of the Youth and Family Programs at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. During her tenure at the Center, she has developed and implemented curricula in mindfulness for multiple age groups and a course in Mindful & Compassionate Parenting. As a family therapist and former clinical director of adolescent treatment programs, her concern for the adverse effects of stress on the social and emotional development of teens led to pioneering work in the area of self-compassion for teens. She is co-author of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults, adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion Program and endorsed by Kristen Neff, Ph.D. & Chris Germer, Ph.D. She is certified to teach MBSR (Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction), MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion), and CCARE (Compassion Cultivation, Altruism, Research & Education), a year-long training program created by clinical psychologists and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. Lorraine is co-director of the Mindfulness for Adolescents Certification Program. She also consults with educators on integrating mindfulness and compassion-based programs in schools and offers workshops & public talks in the community.


Pete Kirchmer is a Life Coach, Mindful Movement Instructor and Meditation Teacher in Encinitas, CA. Pete is the mPEAK Program Director and a lead teacher in the mPEAK program. As the founder of Mindfulness Based Health, he specializes in helping his clients apply the practice of mindfulness to making healthy lifestyle changes as well as improving performance in both work and life. Pete has completed the foundational training as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the University of Massachusetts Oasis Institute, holds a BS in Exercise Physiology, and is a Certified Professional Life Coach through the Coaches Training institute, Center for Applied Positive Psychology and Wellcoaches. Pete is also a Master Trainer for efi Sports Medicine and certified STOTT Pilates Instructor. He is a lifetime learner and an active member of the International Coach Federation and the Harvard Institute of Coaching. Currently Pete has a private coaching practice in Encinitas, is a regular presenter at Rancho La Puerta, a world-class wellness resort in Tecate, Mexico and is on the board of directors for the Encinitas Mindfulness Community.

Richard Goerling has served in civilian law enforcement for over twenty years. He also served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, both active and reserve for 27 years, retiring at the rank of Commander in 2015. He’s had a front row seat to operational stress in both arenas and has spent the last decade as a student, and now trainer, of resiliency. Over the last decade, he has spearheaded the introduction of mindfulness training into policing in the United States and internationally as part of a larger cultural transformation toward a compassionate, skillful and resilient warrior ethos. He serves as an affiliate faculty at Pacific University’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology and participates in mindfulness research at this institution. Richard regularly trains and presents on resiliency for first responders, bringing practical mindfulness skill building to enhance personal, organizational and community resiliency.

Megan Leuchars is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor and Director of Outreach at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. In addition to teaching Mindfulness-based programs, Megan develops and delivers unique customized mindfulness programs for Fortune 500 companies as well as for educational, healthcare, and academic settings. Megan is one of the founders of the UCSD Center’s Work-Life Integration Program and teacher trainer for the UCSD Professional Training Institute’s MBSR Teacher Training Practicum. In all her ventures, Megan’s passion and mission are the same: to empower individuals with an understanding of the important role they play in shaping the lives they want. Megan believes through compassionate awareness individuals are able to utilize the best resource they have: themselves.

Dawn MacDonald, MSW, RSW, currently co-leads the Compassion Project, an innovative organizational change and development initiative of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba designed to co-create the conditions for Compassion to flourish in Health and Human Services. She is a Certified Mindful Self Compassion Teacher and teacher trainer. Dawn also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and has completed all the professional trainings at the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-based Professional Education and Teacher Training. She is a Certified Compassion Cultivation Teacher by Stanford University’s Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education and a Senior Instructor for the Institute for Mindful Leadership.

 

Pittman McGehee, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, Texas. Pittman received his doctorate from The University of Texas, Austin where he researched self-compassion and mindfulness with Dr. Kristin Neff. He has worked as a psychologist with individuals of all ages and trained in many different environments. Prior to working in private practice, he worked and trained at the Austin Psychology and Assessment Center, the Capital Area Mental Health Center, and the Travis County Correctional Complex. He also trained at the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center, where he worked with individual students and co-led several groups, including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy groups for depressed students. Dr. McGehee is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and is currently adjunct faculty at Seton Cove Spirituality Center in Austin, Texas.

Trish Magyari, M.S., LCPC, NCC, RYT-200, is a licensed clinical professional counselor, experienced mindfulness-based psychotherapist, a certified teacher and trainer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as well a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher specializing in trauma-informed approaches.  She developed the curriculum for and has been the interventionist on published MBSR research studies for people with complex PTSD stemming from childhood sexual abuse; for multiply traumatized urban youth; for women dealing with intimate partner violence; and in several studies for people with chronic pain conditions.  Her trauma-informed MBSR curriculum is widely used in VA hospitals, by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and organizations serving victims of trauma and torture.  She is on the faculty of the University of San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute as an MBSR mentor; has led numerous workshops for mental health professionals on mindfulness and trauma; and is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW).  Trish is the author of two professional book chapters: “Teaching mindfulness to women with complex trauma” in Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices (Follette and Briere, Eds., Jan 2015) and “Trauma-Informed Mindfulness” in the upcoming Resources for MBI Teachers (D. McCown and D. Reibel, Eds).


Beth Mulligan, PA-C is a certified MSC Teacher and teacher trainer. She was in the first group to be invited to MSC teacher training, and has been teaching MSC with great passion and enthusiasm ever since, at the UC Irvine Center for Integrative Medicine and Insight LA as well as providing workshops for professional caregivers. Beth is also a certified MBSR teacher and teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty for the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant and has practiced medicine for over 25 years. Beth is a certified yoga instructor, and holds a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is a long time student of Roshi Charles Tenshin Fletcher at Yokoji Zen Center where she has lived in residence, and is the Guiding Dharma teacher at Insight Community of the Desert. Email: beth@mindful-way.com Phone: 760-799-7847

Kristin D. Neff, PhD is Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She was one of the first scholars to define and measure self-compassion in an academic context, has written numerous research articles on the psychological benefits of self-compassion. Dr. Neff is the author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. She is featured in the award-winning book and documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family’s adventure with autism.

Holly Nelson-Johnson, MSN, APN, FNP-BC is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Senior Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, Interpersonal Mindfulness Teacher, Insight Dialogue Facilitator, and Certified Yoga Teacher. She has been awarded MBSR teacher certification by the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the founding President of the Illinois MBSR-MBCT Teacher/Research Consortium. She has participated in MBSR clinical research projects; and has extensive experience with low income, cross cultural populations. She served as medical provider and faculty in the Department of Medicine at Cook County Hospital, teaching in the Primary Care, and Behavioral Medicine Residency Training programs. Holly offers mentorship in Mindfulness- Based approaches, and teaches in MBSR Professional Training programs. She is the Executive Director of Mindfulness for Living, offering applications of mindfulness-based approaches in medicine, education, business, health care, and society.

Susan M. Pollak, MTS, Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist in Cambridge, MA. and President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. For over 2 decades she has taught and supervised at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, and is a co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at CHA. She has been teaching MSC with Christopher Germer since 2010, and worked on developing and refining the 8- week MSC course. A student of meditation and yoga since childhood, she has been integrating mindfulness and psychotherapy since 1985. Susan is the co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.

Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT has worked in the field of mind body wellness for almost two decades and has taught Mindfulness since 2000. She received her initial training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and her professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2003. She has taught and lectured on the subject of mindfulness internationally and was founder and co-director of the Montreal Center for Mindfulness. For seven years Catherine was a senior faculty member at the Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia. In addition to teaching MBSR, Catherine was involved in research on Mindfulness and cancer, program development for Mindfulness programs and an instructor in the college of Health Professions. In 2009, Catherine began working with Nancy Bardacke MA CNM and teaching Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting. In 2013 she will be joining the faculty at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine where she will be teaching MBCP. Catherine is also a marriage and family therapist specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy focusing on individuals, children and families.

Patricia Rockman, MD, CCFP, FCFP is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross appointed to psychiatry. She is the lead educator for the Level C MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program at Factor-Inwentash, University of Toronto, faculty of Social Work (Applied Mindfulness Meditation program). She is a mentor with the Ontario College of Family Physicians Collaborative Mental Health Network. She is the co-founder of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, established in 2011 where she created the MBCT practicum, and 2 day Inquiry workshop. She has taught MBCT extensively and teaches with both Zindel Segal and Susan Woods. She has extensive experience both mentoring professional trainees and in the clinical service delivery of MBCT groups. She has a private practice in CBT and leads MBCT groups. She has been educating healthcare providers in stress reduction, CBT and mindfulness-based practices for over 20 years. She is the director of education at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, www.mindfulnessstudies.com.

Amy Saltzman M.D. is a holistic physician, long-time athlete, mindfulness coach, scientist, wife, mother, devoted student of transformation, and occasional poet. She competed as a varsity gymnast at Stanford, and then as a road cyclist. She currently enjoys cycling, yoga, snowboarding, and running. She is the co-founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, and recognized by her peers as a visionary and pioneer in the field of mindfulness for youth. Dr. Saltzman has written two books A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions, and A Still Quiet Place for Teens: A Mindfulness Workbook to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions. Her chapter Mindfulness and Sports in Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens offers a glimpse into the practices she shares in her soon to be released book titled Still Quiet Place for Athletes: Transformational and Mindfulness Skills for Fining Flow in Sports and in Life. Dr. Saltzman provides holistic medical care and individual mindfulness instruction to children, teens, and adults. She also offers in person and online, presentations and courses for children, teens, athletes, coaches, parents, educators, and health care professionals. She looks forward to sharing the skills of mindfulness with you, and supporting you in finding flow.

Zindel Segal, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto Scarborough. A pioneer in the use of mindfulness meditation for promoting wellness in the area of mood disorders, his program of research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. He has written 10 books and 150 scientific publications, including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and The Mindful Way Workbook – a patient guide for achieving mood balance in everyday life.

Hilde Steinhauser is a certified MSC Teacher and teacher trainer, a certified MBSR teacher and a qualified translator with a longstanding meditation practice (Zen, Vipassana).
She has assisted or co-taught with Christopher Germer, Ph.D., since 2011 and was in the first group to be invited to MSC teacher training. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, School of Psychology at Bangor University (UK) and was trained through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, the Oasis Institute, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches in Germany. She teaches mindfulness courses, MSC and MBSR in Koeln and Borkum (Germany). Website: www.mbsr-borkum.de.

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and mindful eating awareness programs. She has been awarded teachercertification in MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. She has had a personal meditation practice since 1995 and iscurrently studying Qigong and Taijiquan.
Char specializing in stress-related physical and emotional issues, women who have experience childhood abuse, and those who suffer with depression, anxiety and disordered eating. She also trains professionals in the application of mindfulness in psychotherapy, advanced MBCT skills, mindful eating, and leads mindfulness retreat/trainings for professionals. She provides consultation in the use of mindfulness in professional settings. Char serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for Mindful Eating and is the owner/director of the Center for Mindful Living, LLC in Connecticut. http://www.amindfulpath.com

Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD is a physician licensed to practice Ob/Gyn in Europe and holds a PhD in Psychosomatic Medicine from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. She has completed all steps of the professional Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training program of the University of Massachusetts under Jon Kabat- Zinn and his colleagues and is a certified MBSR teacher, teaching at InsightLA in Santa Monica, CA. In 2005, she co-founded InsightLA’s MBSR program together with Trudy and has since implemented three other MBSR related programs: Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and MBSR for chronic disease and pain management. Christiane has worked with different populations such as patients with chronic pain and disease, parents of children with developmental disabilities and low income, non-English speaking immigrants. She has taught mindfulness and MBSR classes for research studies at UCLA, Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA and the Westside Regional Center in Culver City, CA.

Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist in private practice. She specializes in working with depression, anxiety and stress related conditions. Ms. Woods is extensively trained in the clinical application of mindfulness-based approaches, teaches the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs and has been awarded MBSR teacher certification by the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. Ms. Woods teaches professional training programs in MBCT, leads mindfulness-based professional training retreats and has presented on the clinical application of mindfulness at numerous conferences. She provides consultation and supervision in mindfulness-based approaches and has been involved in MBCT clinical research projects. Ms. Woods is a published author in the training of health professionals in mindfulness, has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1981 and is a certified yoga instructor. www.aconsciouslife.org

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  15. Hello Dr. Bowen-
    I am a master level psychotherapist I work and live in Vermont.
    I lived in calif. from childhood into many of my adult years. I currently work in a logal Mental Health Center. I work w/ client with addiction and co-occuring issues. I started using mindfulness as a grad student w/ client in incarceration. I use the 7 concepts, along w/ breathing-medication edcuction. I currently do an Aftercare group which I use (MBRP-MBCBT) I am seeking inforation on reasearch supporting mindfulnes in treatment of addictions. I would like to provide my supervisior with more infomation on this practice. I have seen amazing results in client I have worked with. It appears mindfulness/CBT give client an intervention that is sustaining and effective!! Thank You for you time and you reasearch on mindfulness. Kimberly Toney-Lightbear MA.,LADC

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      Sarah Bowen, Ph.D.

      Hello Kimberly,

      It sounds as though you have experience in several areas of mindfulness-based work, including clients with co-occurring disorders, incarcerated populations, and substance abuse treatment-involved individuals. These areas are all close to my heart, and all have some studies that align with your experience of positive results.
      We have been working for over a decade with substance abusing populations, to create increasingly effective treatments combining meditation and cognitive behavior therapy in hopes of integrating evidence-based practices to maximize effectiveness of treatment. Dr. Alan Marlatt, before his recent passing, dedicated the latter part of his career to this endeavor, culminating in a program, based heavily on Segal’s Mindfulness-Based Cognitve Therapy and on Marlatt’s relapse prevention therapy, and also influenced by Miller and Rollnick’s motivational interviewing, called Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP). If you have interest in learning more about this program, there is information on our website, as well as a clinician’s guide, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors, available through Guilford Press or on Amazon. We also offer intensive trainings for clinicians through UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness, the next of which is this coming April in Petaluma, CA. For clinician’s interested in using this program in their practice, this is by far the most comprehensive and thorough training opportunity. It is an experientially-based, residential 5-day training offering an inside-out understanding of MBRP, as well as the nuts-and-bolts skills and logistics needed to conduct these groups.

      In terms of research in this area, there have been several clinical trials now, forming a beginning scientific foundation for this work. Given the specific interests you mentioned, articles I would recommend are:

      Incarcerated populations:
      Bowen, S. Witkiewitz, K., Dillworth, T.M., Chawla, N., Simpson, T.L., Ostafin, B., Larimer, M.E., Blume, A.W., Parks, G.A. and G. Alan Marlatt, G.A. (2006). Mindfulness meditation and substance use in an incarcerated population. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20, 343-347.
      Simpson, T. L., Kaysen, D., Bowen, S., MacPherson, L. M., Chawla, N., Blume, A., Marlatt, G. A., & Larimer (2007). PTSD symptoms, substance use, and Vipassana mediation among incarcerated individuals. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20, 239-249.
      Co-Occurring Disorders:
      Witkiewitz, K. & Bowen, S. (2010). Depression, craving and substance use following a randomized trial of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 362-374.
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