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Past Speakers:

Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
with Sarah Meyer, MA

We can't always change our circumstances,but we can change the way we relate to them. By practicing curious, gentle, and precise attention to the present moment we literally re-­wire our brains and enable ourselves to live with high function, low stress, and open hearts. In this workshop we will discuss current research around these ideas and utilize practical, accessible, universal skills to develop mindfulness in everyday life."

Sarah completed her graduate degree in Counseling and Health Psychology from Santa Clara University where she specialized in stress and mindfulness. She is a BeWell Advisor, teaches Mindfulness-­‐Based Stress Reduction for the HIP and has worked in university settings as an educator, counselor, and coach for the last twelve years.

"Stress Free for Good"
Instructor: Fred Luskin, PhD, author of "Forgive for Good"

Briefly review the research that shows a strong relationship between stress, happiness and health. Understand the mind/body link in the causes of  stress and stress management. Explore the prevailing definition of stress and how the mind and body are both implicated. Experience  moments of guided practice in stress management and walk away with tips for using these techniques on a regular basis.  

Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., is the Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects as well as a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford. He is the author of three best selling books: Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love as well as Stress Free for Good.   He delivers workshops and seminars  throughout  the United States on forgiveness, emotional intelligence, stress management and happiness and is now doing the same for Be Well here at Stanford.

Unwind and Thrive Workshop
Instructor: Tia Rich, PhD

Unwind the tension that accumulates from stress. Thrive with practical relaxation techniques. Experience rejuvenation through breathing and returning to your senses. Learn the neuroscience of why and how these “unwind skills” work to restore balance to your mind and body.

Dr. Rich is a psychotherapist and mindful yoga instructor.  She has been integrating mindfulness, compassion and meditation into stress management programs at the university and medical center since 1984. Dr. Rich did her dissertation on the effects of stress on 1,000 Stanford employees and proceeded to develop a program to address what was identified from the research. The program is offered through and is called C.A.R.E.S. which focuses on Compassion, Awareness and Relationship Skills to Ease Stress.

Wisdom Therapy: Gaining Wisdom Sooner Rather Than Later and Applying It Towards Stress and Anger Reduction in Personal and Professional Relationships
with Shani Robins, PhD

Our relationships, work, and health can be stressful or fulfilling. Wise decisions in
life lead to greater happiness, success, and well-being. Less-wise perspectives and
decisions lead to anger, job setbacks, relationship conflicts, anxiety, stress, and
hypertension. Gaining wisdom can take many decades of learning from painful and
costly mistakes.

Wisdom Therapy integrates empirically supported best practices from both
Western psychological science, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and
emotional intelligence, and from Eastern traditions, such as humility, mindfulness
meditation, empathy, compassion, and gratitude. It is a scientifically established,
comprehensive and practical program that has identified these wisdom skills and
the practical methods for gaining wisdom sooner rather than later.



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