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Strategic Mindfulness Training for Stress Management (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

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Financial: Carolyn McManus receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also provides individual and small-group mentoring, offers continuing educational programming, and produces online guided relaxation and meditation products. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Carolyn McManus has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 167 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses.

Health care professionals face multiple stressors on a daily basis. Whether dealing with time-consuming medical record keeping, feeling pressure to improve outcomes in less time and at lower costs, or managing patients with complex physical and psychological problems, it’s easy to feel stressed in today’s health care environment. This course provides you with sensible, evidence-based mindfulness principles and practices that can help you respond effectively to stress and promote your happiness and well-being. Health care providers who receive training in mindfulness show decreases in stress and burnout, increases in feelings of personal accomplishment, and an improved ability to communicate effectively with patients. Combining lecture with experiential exercises, this fun, informative, and practical course offers powerful strategies you can use immediately to manage your stress with greater skill and wisdom.

Meet Your Instructor

Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Carolyn McManus is a highly skilled clinician, researcher, and professional trainer and a national leader in the integration of mindfulness into health care. She is the past president of the APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Pain Special Interest Group. She holds master’s degrees in physical therapy and in psychology. Since 1985, she has integrated…

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1. Life Is Challenging

This chapter introduces the topic of stress and its adverse effects on health. Stress-related health conditions and neuroplastic brain changes will be reviewed.

2. What Is Mindfulness?

This chapter introduces mindful awareness, mindful attitudes, and styles of mindfulness meditation training. Formal and informal mindfulness training practices will be presented.

3. Sitting Meditation

Participants are guided in a mindful breathing exercise. A video clip of a health care provider talking about the benefits of mindful breathing will be included.

4. Mindfulness: Proposed Mechanisms

This chapter discusses proposed mechanisms driving the effectiveness of mindfulness in managing stress. These are attention regulation, body awareness, emotional regulation, and changes in perspective on self.

5. Mindful Movement and Body Scan

Participants are introduced to walking meditation and guided through mindful movement and body scan exercises. A video clip of a health care provider talking about the benefits of mindful body awareness will be included.

6. Mindfulness Research

This chapter discusses research on the benefits of mindfulness training for health care providers. The role of mindfulness in mediating physiological markers of stress, in telomere maintenance, and in neuroplastic brain changes will be included.

7. Applying Mindfulness to Stressful Situations

This chapter offers a practical model and specific recommendations for bringing mindfulness to a stressful situation. Observation and modulation of physical, cognitive, and emotional reactions will be discussed.

8. Mindfulness in Daily Life

This chapter offers specific recommendations for bringing mindfulness into daily life. Ideas to bring mindfulness into home and work settings will be presented. A video clip of a health care provider talking about the benefits of mindful awareness will be included.

9. Cultivating Kindness

This chapter introduces and reviews research on the topic of kindness meditation. A guided kindness meditation that promotes positive emotional states will be offered.

10. Resources

This chapter offers resources for further instruction in mindful awareness, including books, organizations, and online resources. Opportunities for professional training and certification will be included.

11. Question and Answer Session

This chapter is a viewer-submitted question and answer session facilitated by Carolyn McManus.

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