Tag Archives: Allan Goldstein

Announcing MBSR Mentorship

Mentoring sessions for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Sessions are available for both MBSR teachers who would simply like support for their programs and teachers who are enrolled and taking part in the MBSR mentorship program of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness Professional Training Intstitute (MBPTI).

Allan HKAllan Goldstein is the Managing Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Working in collaboration with Dr. Steven Hickman, Executive Director, he has contributed to the development and evolution of the UCSD CFM Professional Training Institute and Certification programs and the center’s UC San Diego Health System’s group mindfulness programs and teaching staff.  Allan’s growth within the field of Mindfulness-Based Interventions has led him to teach extensively to groups and individuals in various health care, university, military, business, and community settings. He has even taught in the virtual world of Second Life. Allan has had a passion for learning, teaching, and providing mentorship for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs since participating in his first program in 1993. He began participating in the professional training programs at the UMass Center for Mindfulness in the year 2000. Allan’s strong passion for promoting and facilitating the valuable teachings found within MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Interventions has propelled him through a journey that continues to unfold in mystery with his love for this sacred work.

 

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Of Avatars and Virtual Yoga:
MBSR for Veterans in Second Life, A Pilot Project

Jacquelyn Ford Morie, MFA, PhD, Steven Hickman, PsyD, and I will be presenting    “Of Avatars and Virtual Yoga:
MBSR for Veterans in Second Life, A Pilot Project” Thursday March 31, 2011 at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society’s 9th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators, March 30-April 3, 2011.

Even with the seemingly explosive proliferation of mindfulness-based programs worldwide, there are still huge groups of people who could potentially benefit from such programs if barriers like geography, disability, culture and severe anxiety can be overcome. The purpose of this session is to describe a pilot project to deliver MBSR to veterans in the virtual world known as Second Life and to stimulate exploration of the myriad of issues surrounding such an adaptation. In the era of Facebook and Twitter, online virtual worlds (VWs) have also seen a huge rise in popularity. The graphic, immersive and (in some ways) highly personal nature of VWs poses tremendous opportunity for reaching and directly influencing many people with MBSR who were previously unable to take advantage of its benefits. The presentation will describe the development and implementation of the first MBSR classes in Second Life as part of a larger project entitled Coming Home intended to provide online support in virtual worlds to veterans returning from recent conflicts.