Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Eight Week Course

Richard Berger, MD

About this Event

Please review this self-screening questionnaire prior to registration to determine if this course will be a good fit for you.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program originally designed over thirty years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. The course has a basis in eastern psychology and is very applicable to modern secular life. Mindfulness is the practice of sustained focus, self-regulation, self-exploration, and self-liberation with an accepting, open, and kind attitude. Common outcomes include:

  • Calmness and expanded awareness
  • Increased brain growth and function in areas of emotional control and executive function
  • Decreased stress
  • Improved self-image, emotional regulation, and concentration
  • Less anxiety

Mindfulness program participants attend for various reasons. Some want to deal better with the stresses of daily life, to have less anxiety, be more in control.  Others want to live a fuller life and be more present in their experiences.  Others want to deal with health problems such as chronic pain, abdominal distress, sleep problems, chronic fatigue, or headaches.

Mindfulness practice can assist you in relating directly to what is taking place in your life.  By expanding your awareness, you tend to be less overwhelmed by emotions and thoughts.

Class Schedule

8 Week course: Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm September 28 – November 16, 2021

Retreat:  November 14th, 2021 9:00am – 4:00pm 

 **First and last class will go about 15 minutes longer**

Parking Times and Fees

There are no parking lots directly adjacent to Kincaid Hall. If you are driving, please allow yourself an extra 15-20 minutes to locate parking and walk to Kincaid Hall. The University of Washington offers pay-lots and parking garages. Metered street parking is also available but very limited. Parking fees around campus range from $1.00 – $4.00 an hour. Learn more about parking options here. For an ADA map, please visit the UW Access Guide.

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 workers in Washington State. We cannot guarantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states.


An important note in light of COVID-19: This course is currently scheduled to meet in person at the UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being. Pending updates to Washington State public health guidance and UW health and safety protocols, unvaccinated participants may be required to wear a mask. In the event public health guidance prohibits this course from occurring in person, the course will be moved to a live online format.

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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Richard Berger, MD

Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles. Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Medical Center, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center, and the UW Center for Child and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.