Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Live Online Eight Week Course

Elizabeth H. B. Lin MD, MPH

About this Event

CCFW does not provide mental health or substance use treatment or services, nor do our mindfulness and compassion-based courses substitute for diagnosis or treatment for mental health or substance use problems such as depression, anxiety, or addiction. Find a list of mental health resources on CCFW’s resource page.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically supported program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. to reduce stress and increase well-being. It is thriving worldwide. We are offering it Live online!  This program is needed more than ever during these extremely challenging times of pandemic and social upheavals.  This 8 –week course combines contemplative practices based in Eastern philosophy, western psychology, and cutting-edge neuroscience.  Attitudes of kindness, acceptance and patience provide a foundation for the practices of sustained focus, self-regulation and self-exploration. A greater sense of balance, choice and freedom is cultivated.

MBSR participants have remarked, “Mindfulness has changed how I live and see the world, how I interact with others”, “how important and impactful your class was for me – truly life changing!”, This course contributes to:

  • Reduced stress and chronic pain
  • Improved mood
  • Less anxiety
  • Overcoming sleep problems
  • Increased immunity
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Enhanced resilience, joy, and compassion
  • Healthy aging

In this 8-week experiential course consisting of weekly classes, interactive small group and large group discussions and home practices, participants will learn exercises to:

  • Increase awareness of body sensations (body scan)
  • Mindful movement and stretching (gentle yoga or qi-gong)
  • Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences
  • Awareness of thoughts and emotions
  • Increase compassion for ourselves and others
  • Latest research on mind-body response to stress and change
  • Learn new ways of responding to stress, chronic pain, and challenges
  • Apply mindfulness to daily life, living each moment to its fullest

During these difficult times of continuing pandemic, disruptions on many fronts and much uncertainty, learning these approaches and skills may be ever more helpful.

Prior to registering for this course, please read this letter from the instructor for more details and to ensure that this class will be good fit for you. 

Class Dates
8-week live online Tuesday evening class
October 13, 2020—December 1, 2020
6:00 PM-8:30 PM PT
Includes retreat: Sunday, November 15, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM PT
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Register for a Certificate of Completion and get CEUs. Our CEUs are available for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors, and social workersin Washington State. We cannot guarantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states.

Scholarships Available

CCFW aims to promote well-being by making evidence-based mindfulness practices available and accessible to community members, particularly professionals working with children and families. We believe that mindfulness has positive implications for professionals as well as the children and families they interact with. Therefore, we wish to encourage mindfulness training by removing possible financial barriers for professionals working with these specific populations. If these fees are cost-prohibitive for you, we invite you to apply for a scholarship.

About the Presenter

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Elizabeth H. B. Lin MD, MPH

Elizabeth is passionate about teaching mindfulness and self-compassion and is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Certified Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC)  Teacher.  Elizabeth was introduced to mindfulness through scientific research in 2000, and has trained directly with the founders of MBSR and MSC. She weaves mindfulness with self-compassion and loving kindness in teaching her courses. Elizabeth has had a daily meditation practice for more than 27 years.

A graduate of Stanford Medical School, Elizabeth has been a family medicine physician for many years, as well as a mental health researcher focusing on improving mind-body health in general medical settings.  She is a Clinical Professor at University of Washington School of Medicine. Elizabeth is enthusiastic about bringing scientifically proven mindfulness and compassion programs to people from diverse backgrounds.  Over the past 10 years, witnessing the transformative experiences of participants in her classes has inspired Elizabeth to continue teach these courses and facilitate growth and blossoming in the participants.