Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)


MBSR Flyer- Fall 2017

What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
MBSR is a program established by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and assisted by Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979.  They founded the Center for Mindfulness where 20,000 people have completed their MBSR program to learn how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness.

What does the MBSR class/program consist of and offer?

  • Eight weekly two-and-a-half-hour classes and a one-day retreat at the end of week six.
  • Readings, hand-outs and other materials to support your practice.
  • Guided instruction on mindfulness practices.
  • Gentle stretching and mindful movement.
  • Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness.
  • Daily home assignments (45 minutes).
  • Support materials including mindfulness practice audio files/CDs.

The program is challenging and life-affirming. The class is a safe, supportive and a deeply engaging experiential learning environment. Participants are learning these methods and integrate mindfulness into their everyday life.

Participating in the MBSR Program requires an ongoing commitment. You are asked to attend all classes, including the silent weekend retreat, and to practice daily home assignments for 45 minutes a day.

What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the capacity of deliberately paying attention to the present moment, without any judgments. It is also the practice of cultivating this ability.  We all have the ability to be mindful, as it is a birthright of every human being.  Mindfulness is the ability to be more deeply present with our body, our thoughts and emotions.  Practicing mindfulness can lead to very deep levels of relaxation, calmness, and inner balance, as well as to a greater sense of control and more effective coping with stressful situations.  Mindfulness also helps us to respond creatively to pressures and demands, rather than blindly reacting out of habit.  Mindfulness connects us to our intrinsic wakefulness and allows us to inhabit our lives fully.

Mindfulness is not something that you have to “get” or acquire.  It is already within you—a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be reawakened and used in the service of learning, growing and healing.

Why take an MBSR Class?
MBSR can support your goals around reducing symptoms of medical conditions, psychological distress and overall wellness.  Mindfulness programs teach participants the skills to cultivate deeper levels of insight and compassion and to take more responsibility for their health and well being. MBSR, in conjunction with other treatment plan approaches, is an excellent compliment.  This program is now offered and supported by the leaders in the integrative health movement and has had thousands of graduates worldwide.

As a stress management tool, mindfulness meditation can help us:

  • Bring awareness to our habits.
  • Cultivate inner calm.
  • Live in the present moment (not lost in anxiety about the past or future).
  • Notice negative thoughts and their effects on stress.
  • Create a sense of spaciousness in our lives.
  • Keep things in perspective.
  • Build up emotional and mental reserves for stressful times.

When is the next class?

Plan to attend one highly recommended orientation…

Fall 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017- 3:30-5:00 pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017- 8:30-10:00 am
 Friday, August 25, 2017- 1:30-3:00 pm
Wednesday, August 30, 2017- 3:30-5:00 pm

8 Week Classes
Wednesdays 3:30-6:00 pm starting September 13, 2017
Thursdays 8:30-11:00 am starting September 14, 2017
Fridays 1:30-4:00 pm starting September 15, 2017

All Day Silent Retreat
 Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

How to Begin
Attend an orientation, complete the application and have a short conversation with P. Scott Sweet (at the orientation or via phone).  Scott will share some recommended practices to complete prior to starting the class.
Contact P. Scott Sweet @ 252-5518 and/or email SSweet@CenterPointCounseling.org should you have any questions.

The orientation will give an overview of the class and rationale for enrollment.

What is the Cost?
he cost of the course is $350.00.  A $100.00 deposit is requested at the time of registration and the balance of the fee is due two weeks prior to the start of class.  Payment may be made with check, cash or credit card.

A limited scholarship fund is available for people who are highly motivated to participate in the program but do not have the resources to pay the full fee.

Where are the classes held?
The MBSR class is held at CenterPoint Counseling offices located @ 7700 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, this is within Second Presbyterian Church.  The class is taught with a non-denominational perspective.

What do I need to bring with me?
Very comfortable clothes, yoga mat, blankets/pillows and a sitting cushion.  Chairs are available if this is more comfortable for you.

P. Scott Sweet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC) working at CenterPoint Counseling.  He was trained at the Center for Mindfulness to teach MBSR.  For several years Scott has led a Mindfulness Meditation group on Fridays between 12:15-12:45pm in room 113.  A weekly email has accompanied this group so click here to get a snap-shot of some of his thoughts about this practice.  You are invited to attend these weekly meditations to enhance your class enrollment experience.