By participating in our 8-Week MBSR course,
Healthcare Professionals can earn up to 27.5 CEs
See Details Below

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
with Carol Hendershot

Early Sign Up $495 through January 18
Class Registration $550* beginning January 19

*Payment Plans and Scholarships Available

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

Free Information Sessions
(Free Information Session is considered part of the Program)
Monday, January 7 or 14, 6:30 – 8 pm – Holistic Care Approach
Thursday, January 10 or 17, 9:30 – 11 am – Holistic Care Approach

January Class Schedule:
Mondays, January 21 – March 11, 6:30 – 9 pm – Holistic Care Approach
Thursdays, January 24 – March 14, 9:30 am – 12 pm – Holistic Care Approach
Includes one all day Retreat – Sunday, March 3, 8:50 am – 4 pm – Holistic Care Approach


 Sign Up for CE Credits (CE Credit Only)

To Purchase CE 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, Nurses, 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

What is MBSR?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (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.

MBSR Learning Objectives


  1. Summarize the history of the MBSR program in the United States
  2. Practice a brief mindful breathing meditation practice
  3. Discuss risks and benefits of participating in the MBSR program

Class 1

  1. Define mindfulness
  2. Summarize a mindful eating meditation
  3. Summarize a body scan meditation

Class 2

  1. Practice body scan meditation in the classroom setting
  2. Describe the role of perception and conditioning in the appraisal and assessment of stress
  3. Practice a mindful breathing meditation

Class 3

  1. Practice a mindful walking meditation
  2. Practice a mindful yoga meditation
  3. Identify thoughts, feelings and body sensations experienced during pleasant events calendar home practice

Class 4

  1. Practice a mindful standing yoga routine
  2. Identify thoughts, feelings and body sensations experienced during unpleasant events calendar home practice
  3. Discuss the physiological and psychological bases of stress reactivity

Class 5

  1. Practice a 40-minute sitting meditation
  2. List common behaviors used to cope with stress
  3. Discribe how mindfulness makes it possible to respond versus react to stress

Class 6

  1. Practice a mindful yoga routine
  2. Practice a 40-minute sitting meditation
  3. List 3 strategies for dealing with stressful communications

Silent Retreat

  1. Practice a mindful yoga meditation
  2. Practice sitting meditation
  3. Practice a walking meditation
  4. Practice mindful eating
  5. Practice “mountain” or “lake” meditation
  6. Practice a loving-kindness meditation

Class 7

  1. Practice a “yoga choices” exercise
  2. Practice a 40-minute internal monitoring (choiceless awareness) meditation
  3. Practice a “changing seats” exercise

Class 8

  1. Practice a body scan meditation
  2. Practice a 30-minute choiceless awareness meditation
  3. Discuss ways of incorporating mindfulness in everyday life


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

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