Over the past decade there has been significant interest in mindfulness interventions in medical and mental health settings. But how does mindfulness actually work? What does the latest research tell practitioners about the effects of mindfulness on the body and the brain? Can being open and receptive to present moment experience significantly affect health over time?
This presentation will describe current theory on mindfulness and a series of studies conducted by Dr. Creswell that depict potential brain and physiological stress reduction pathways linking mindfulness with a broad range of mental and physical health outcomes. The discussion will focus on the underlying psychological mechanisms related to mindfulness that mediate stress and promote health. This intermediate program is intended to help participants attain a clear conceptual framework for the integration of mindfulness-based approaches in clinical practice based on the most current research. It will include a guided meditation, an overview and explanation of recent research and findings from Dr. Creswell’s lab, with plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.