Center of Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts
The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is a visionary force and global leader in mind-body medicine. For thirty-four years, we have pioneered the integration of mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness-based approaches in mainstream medicine and healthcare through patient care, research, academic medical and professional education, and into the broader society through diverse outreach and public service initiatives. Directed by Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, since 2000 and founded in 1995 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD , the Center is an outgrowth of the acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic – the oldest and largest academic medical center-based stress reduction program in the world.
Oxford Mindfulness Centre
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
The Oxford Mindfulness Center is an international centre of excellence within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry that works with partners around the world to prevent depression and enhance human potential through the therapeutic use of mindfulness. It has been at the forefront of research and development in the field of mindfulness and has extended its reach to include training and education, clinical services and engagement and advocacy, promoting the benefits of mindfulness globally.
MARC’s mission is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.
Contemporary culture in the United States is marked by extraordinary advances in science and technology, yet coupled with these advances is an increasing sense of pressure, complexity and information overload. Individuals across the lifespan are feeling tremendous stress, which is contributing to a variety of mental and physical health problems and diseases.
Mindful awareness can be defined as paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. It is an excellent antidote to the stresses of modern times. It invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with one’s inner experience. There are many ways to bring mindfulness into one’s life, such as meditation, yoga, art, or time in nature. Mindfulness can be trained systematically, and can be implemented in daily life, by people of any age, profession or background.
In the last ten years, significant research has shown mindfulness to address health issues such as lower blood pressure and boost the immune system; increase attention and focus, including aid those suffering from ADHD; help with difficult mental states such as anxiety and depression, fostering well-being and less emotional reactivity; and thicken the brain in areas in charge of decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.
MARC was created to bring to a renowned mental health research institution the ancient art of mindful awareness in a scientifically supported and rigorous form.
University of Wisconsin Center for Mindfulness
UW Health Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, expounds the program’s ultimate goal – to work in partnership with our patients, health care providers and other individuals to facilitate and sustain each person’s health, healing and well-being. We do this through compassionate care, education and research. This process recognizes and nurtures each individual’s unique balance of mind, body and spirit. At UW Health, our integrative medicine specialists are dedicated to helping you achieve your highest potential for wellness, regardless of your current state of health.
Duke University Medical Center
At Duke Integrative Medicine, mindfulness informs every aspect of the health care we provide. Our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is a method of using meditation and yoga to cultivate awareness and
reduce stress. It is based on the ancient practice of mindfulness, which is about waking up, being fully alive, and being present for the richness of each moment of our lives. Within this awakening, we gain access to our deepest inner resources for living, healing, and coping with stress.
In our program, participants practice present moment awareness, deep relaxation, and gentle movement. Through the use of these techniques, a person learns to discover and observe his or her reactions to life’s stressors and to choose how to respond. With practice, one can apply these skills to everyday situations and connect more fully with
one’s self, loved ones, and the life one is living.
Jefferson University Hospitals
Our MBSR programs are modeled after the MBSR program that was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Our programs have helped thousands of people transform their lives, even in the midst of physical and psychological suffering. All of our instructors have been trained under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the UMass program.
Since 1996, our Mindfulness Institute is dedicated to studying and publishing on the positive effects of MBSR; in fact, early studies from Jefferson are among the most cited papers in the discipline. Our clinical, academic and research achievements have led to our “Institute” status, and our director is one of a handful of people in the nation to achieve certification as an MBSR teacher through the UMass Center for Mindfulness.
We offer MBSR programs throughout the year for the public, training programs for mindfulness professionals and mindful practices for the workplace.
Institute for Mindfulness South Africa
Capetown, South Africa
The Institute for Mindfulness South Africa (IMISA) was established in 2007, and is a not-for-profit organization committed to the practice, research and application of Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) in the health care sector and broader society.
Over the last 5 years, the application of MBIs in healthcare worldwide has grown exponentially and is making a significant impact. High quality and substantial peer-reviewed research in these various interventions reflect notable results in both health and non-health related sectors of society.
In response to this growing evidence, and the challenges being faced by the South African health sector, IMISA’s key initiatives are:
•Training health professionals to use MBIs to support their own resilience as well as allowing them the opportunity to extend these skills into patient/client management, either for individual work or in a group format.
•Initiating research and development around the application of MBIs in a South African context. Much international research exists around its efficacy, and it is important to explore evidence of its effectiveness in the South African environment.