Mindfulness in Education

February 10, 2016 by School of Medicine Webmaster

A large body of research has shown the value of bringing mindfulness and other meditative practices into the educational arena, both for the student as well as the teacher. Being an educator requires a high degree of social and emotional competence, especially in dealing with students who have additional challenges due to high stress levels and need guidance navigating the complex issues of our current times. This semester the UVA Mindfulness Center is offering a Mindfulness for Educators program, so that faculty and teachers can participate in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s 8 week mindfulness-based stress reduction program and learn how mindfulness might benefit them in their role as educators and how to bring these practices into the classroom.

The program will be led by Susanna Williams, who has experience teaching mindfulness to a variety of populations including undergraduate students, medical students, faculty, health care providers and the general public. She has a PhD in Education, is a certified yoga instructor and has studied Contemplative Pedagogy. She is a long-time mindfulness practitioner and teaches ongoing mindfulness classes through the UVA Mindfulness Center. (20 CME credits)

Instructor: Susanna Williams
Feb. 16 – April 5 (no class during Spring break)
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, 1240 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

For more information and registration please click here

Accreditation: The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards one hour of participation credit per hour of participation to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a permanent record of participants who have been awarded hours of participation. CME transcripts may be obtained at (click on Transcripts and follow the instructions).

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest: The workshop facilitator, Susanna Williams, has identified no financial or professional relationships. The University of Virginia School of Medicine, as an ACCME accredited provider, endorses and strives to comply with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards of Commercial Support, Commonwealth of Virginia statutes, University of Virginia policies and procedures, and associated federal and private regulations and guidelines on the need for disclosure and monitoring of proprietary and financial interests that may affect the scientific integrity and balance of content delivered in continuing medical education activities under our auspices. The University of Virginia School of Medicine requires that all CME activities accredited through this institution be developed independently and be scientifically rigorous, balanced and objective in the presentation/discussion of its content, theories, and practices. All presenters participating in an accredited CME activity are expected to disclose to the participants relevant financial relationships with commercial entities occurring within the past 12 months (such as grants or research support, employee, consultant, stock holder, member of speakers bureau, etc.). The University of Virginia School of Medicine will employ appropriate mechanisms to resolve potential conflicts of interest to maintain the standards of fair and balanced education to the participant. Questions about specific strategies can be directed to the Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia.

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