March 30, 2017

Mindfulness-based stress reduction training sessions available at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine will offer four training sessions in 2017 on mindfulness-based stress reduction. The next session for 2017 is scheduled to begin Thursday, March 30, and will take place at the center, located at 3401 West End Ave., Suite 380.

The MBSR course consists of eight weekly classes held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and one daylong retreat held on a Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Later sessions in the year are as follows:

Session 3: June 15 -Aug. 10   Retreat: July 29

Session 4:  Sept. 7-Nov. 2    Retreat: Oct. 21

Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, and a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, illness and the challenges and demands of everyday life.

MBSR was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. According to their website, “Our work over the past 35 years has shown consistent, reliable and reproducible demonstrations of major and clinically relevant reductions in medical and psychological symptoms across a wide range of medical diagnoses—including many different chronic pain conditions, other medical diagnoses, and in medical patients with a secondary diagnosis of anxiety and/or panic—over the eight weeks of the MBSR intervention and maintenance of these changes in some cases for up to four years of follow-up.”

Extensive clinical studies have demonstrated the positive effects of MBSR, including:

  • Increased immune function;
  • Shorter and less severe colds;
  • Reduced fatigue in cancer patients;
  • Decreased pain intensity and unpleasantness;
  • Increased cognitive function in traumatic brain injury;
  • Reduction in symptoms of IBS;
  • Reduction in myocardial infarction and stroke risk; and
  • Decreased depression and anxiety.

Attendance of orientation is required. Sessions meet on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Facilitators for the sessions are:

Michelle Foote-Pearce, DMIN, MSN, MA, LPC-MHSP, RN- is the director of Mindfulness programs and Outreach for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She is a licensed and nationally certified mental health service provider and advanced practice registered nurse. She has been meditating for over twenty years and develops and teaches context-based mindfulness courses for patients, in the community, to students and other health professionals.

Eydie Cloyd, JD, MSN, PMHNP-BC, NP- is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of Tennessee College Of Law and then went on to a Master of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University. Eydie is part of the, Search Inside Yourself, Leadership Initiative.  She is also the primary investigator for a Pilot Study, “Mindfulness Centered Stress Reduction for Nursing Students.”

Cost for the session is $375. Sign up online at, or call 615-343-1170.