September 7, 2010

The Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health Presents Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals, Sept. 11-12

This course is designed for health care providers and allied health professionals to experience mindfulness and learn about its benefits and applications in working with patients and clients.

Research has shown that practicing mindfulness can have a beneficial effect on a wide variety of emotional and physical conditions. These include fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety and panic disorders, job or family stress, sleep disturbances and more.

This course is designed for those interested in:
• Experiencing a variety of mindfulness practices;
• Learning how to incorporate mindfulness skills into daily personal and professional life; and
• Understanding the current medical research on mindfulness and physical and emotional health.

This course will cover:
• A discussion of the medical research;
• Instruction in a variety mindfulness techniques with opportunity for personal practice;
• Suggestions for developing a personal practice; and
• Suggestions for using mindfulness skills in the patient encounter.

When: Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to noon.

Cost: $150 per person.

Registration: Pre-registration required, space is limited. Call 322-7395.

Instructors: Michelle Pearce, R.N., L.P.C., is an associate faculty member in the department of Psychiatry. She provides mind-body therapy for adults with chronic illness, stress, chronic pain, grief and emotional issues. She also teaches mindfulness and healing Qigong classes and workshops. Pearce is the author of the book "Beyond the Rational Mind, The Revelation of Secular Spirituality."

Blaire Morriss, A.P.N., is a nurse practitioner at VCIH and a faculty member of  Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She received her graduate degree in nursing from Vanderbilt and because of her passion for integrative heath and mind/body healing, also attended Duke University’s program in Integrative Health Coaching.

For more information or to register please call 322-7395 or visit our website at