Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals
With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD
May 20 - 25, 2022
In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. -Dalai Lama
Replenish and revitalize yourself in this mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) meditation retreat for physicians, other health and mental health professionals, and their partners. Learn evidence-based skills to foster resilience and reduce the risk of burnout, and re-engage with the medical system in more sustainable ways. Dr. Mark Lau and Dr. Andrea Grabovac draw on mindfulness meditation practices and elements of cognitive therapy from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) to offer a different way of identifying and encountering habitual patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaviour that can lead to overwork and stress.
Burnout is a normal response to working in a system where the demands on our internal reserves outstrip our ability to replenish those reserves. One of the first steps in creating meaningful, effective systemic change is to shift our habitual reactions to daily stressors and burnout triggers. Development of specific burnout prevention strategies is included in the later stages of the program. Specific tools to develop equanimity, adapted from Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, will be introduced, and the applied integration of these into daily personal and work life will be practiced.
The workshop structure consists of large group, teacher-guided mindfulness practices, including sitting, mindful movement, and body scan meditations as taught in MBCT. Engaging discussion, with a focus on meditation technique, supports the cultivation of sustained, moment-to-moment attention. Periods of silence, including guided practice, further support a deepening of mindfulness skills. There will be the option of taking breaks in silence to support continuity of practice, as well as discuss one’s personal mindfulness practice with Mark or Andrea on an individual basis.
Mark and Andrea offer an important and unique experience for those working in the field of mental health. Both are caring, wise, and knowledgeable. I learned a great deal both personally and professionally. – Lynna Jones, 2018
By the end of this retreat, you will:
- Apply a precise, actionable definition of mindfulness to your relationship with well-being and resilience
- Understand how to work with attention and awareness to develop mindfulness, metacognitive awareness, interoceptive awareness and equanimity
- Practice the ability to attend to present moment experience in a more spacious, non-reactive, and effective way through a carefully sequenced progression of meditations, including:
- Mindfulness of breath
- Body scanning
- Mindfulness of sounds and thoughts
- Loving kindness
- Mindfulness interoceptive exposure task (MIET)
- 3 minute breathing space
- Develop practical and effective strategies for cultivating mindfulness and equanimity in daily life
Click here to enjoy a guided meditation practice used to cope with chronic pain, led by Andrea Grabovac.
Eligible for 4.5 hours of MOCOMP Section 1 unaccredited small-group activity credits for specialist Canadian physicians (9.0 hours total – 0.5 credits per hour).
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Professional Training, September 16-21, 2022 with Dr. Lau and Dr. Grabovac.
A detailed schedule will be available 1-2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
Terms & Conditions
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Health & Safety
By order of the Provincial Health Office, we will be requiring all our guests to provide proof of at least one vaccination, starting September 12th 2021. Learn more here.
Mark A. Lau, PhD, R Psych, who worked with Zindel Segal for 11 years, has 25 years experience as an internationally respected MBCT teacher, trainer and researcher. Mark is an MBCT mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, and is one of a handful of MBCT trainers who provide the 5-day MBCT Professional Training in North America. His academic work focuses on the mechanisms underlying MBCT’s effectiveness and evaluating effective methods of disseminating MBCT. vancouvercbt.ca
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Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is an inpatient psychiatrist at Vancouver Hospital. She has taught and supervised MBCT for 12 years. She is a mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, and teaches the 5-day MBCT Professional Training in North America. Her academic work focuses on the development of clinician competency in delivering mindfulness-based interventions. As a co-founder of the North American Chapter of the Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) Institute, she trains mental health clinicians in implementing MiCBT both for themselves and with clients. Together with Dr. Mark Lau, she facilitates Fostering Resiliency retreats for health care professionals…
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