MBSR for Healthcare Professionals

Early Sign Up $395 through June 1
Class Registration $435 beginning June 2
Scholarships Available

Class Discounts:
Repeating the same class – $100 Off
Taking a second GRCFM class – $50 Off
Summer K – 12 Educator Specials – $100 Off
Discounts can’t be combined

Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction
with Carol Hendershot

Sign Up for Free Information Session and Class
(Free Information is Part of the Class)

Free Information Sessions
Monday, May 21 & 28, 6:30 – 8 pm – Holistic Care Approach
Wednesday, May 23 & 30, 9:30 – 11 am – Holistic Care Approach

June Class Schedule:
Monday, June 4 – July 23, 6:30 – 9 pm – Holistic Care Approach
Wednesday, June 6 – July 25, 9:30 am – 12 pm – Holistic Care Approach
Includes one all day Retreat – Sunday, July 15 – Energy Touch Center

 Sign Up for CE/CPE Credits
(CE/CPE Credit Only)

To Purchase ​CE/CPE Credit: Up to 27.5 credit hours $95.00ISGAPA logo with blurb

Up to 27.5 CEs Approved for Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, and Dietitians. ISG is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits to psychologists.  International Seminars Group maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Target Audience: 
Social Work
Marriage & Family Therapy
Registered Dietitian

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Carol Hendershot, Certified MBSR Instructor
April Hadley, LLMSW, MBSR Instructor
Katy Chapman, MBSR Instructor


Learning Level: Introductory​


Course Type: Live Program, to be purchased from Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness



MBSR is a program based on the practice of mindfulness.  The key to mindfulness is a  non-judgmental awareness that enables you to  respond with greater clarity, stability and understanding to life’s stressors, rather than reacting in unhealthy ways.

Pioneered in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979, MBSR is highly respected in the medical community, with classes in over 200 hospitals nationwide. Research has proven MBSR to be an evidence-based treatment modality for a number of different maladies, including chronic pain, hypertension, Cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders

Over the past 15 years, medical training centers (for physicians, occupational therapists, nurses) have begun to incorporate MBSR in their training curricula.  However, many hospital staff members have not received MBSR training in their graduate programs.  Participation in this program may not only assist hospital staff members in becoming more aware of the specifics of mindfulness practices,  thereby facilitating their ability to make appropriate client referrals, but also enhance their own innate ability to cope with stress in general (e.g. stressful client load, challenging clients, personal stressors).

The program consists of eight weekly two and 1/2 hour classes, and a one-day silent retreat (on a weekend) between sessions six and seven.   Participants who complete the course can enhance their ability to relax, focus, improve performance, reduce anger, cope with chronic pain, live in the moment, find balance, clarity and stability, and access inner resources of strength and wisdom.

Course Objectives

  • Summarize basic mindfulness theory and practices.
  • Summarize the experiential learning components of the 8-week (MBSR) program.
  • Discuss how the MBSR program developed into an  evidence-based treatment modality.
  • Discuss the concept of neuroplasticity, and how it relates to stress reduction.
  • Compare and contrast mindfulness theory to other medical treatment modalities.
  • Discuss the neurophysiological correlates of the body scan meditation.
  • Practice body scan meditation in the classroom setting and at home
  • List the physical as well as psychological benefits of gentle stretching yoga as an important component in the MBSR program.
  • Practice gentle stretching yoga in the classroom setting and at home.
  • Review the physiological mechanisms involved in the “fight, flight, freeze” stress reaction
  • Describe the three types of attention that are cultivated in mindful sitting meditations.
  • Practice mindful sitting meditation in the classroom setting and at home
  • Practice mindful communication exercise in dyads
  • Describe how dis-identification of thoughts can be a major component of stress reduction.
  • Practice body scan, sitting meditation, gentle stretching yoga, and mindful walking as part of a 7-hour silent retreat.
  • Discuss how to incorporate moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and body sensations in order to facilitate cognitive restructuring.

What Can I Expect?

  • This highly participatory, supportive, and structured program will provide you with:
  • Guided instruction in mindful meditation  practices ·   Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • Daily home assignments__
  • Home practice materials including downloadable guided mindfulness practice audio files and a workbook