Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s foundational 8-week curriculum has been adapted by numerous medical, mental health, and educational professionals for use in multiple settings. It typically features 2.5-hour sessions over 8 weeks with an additional one-day retreat featured. Some online courses are currently being offered as well. (See website.)

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)

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An 8-week course that meets for two hours weekly designed to enhance empathy, compassion, and kindness toward self and others. Designed by a team of Stanford scientists and psychologists, this course melds elements of mindfulness practice with scientific research on compassion.

Mindfulness Fundamentals

A six-week self-paced Mindfulness Fundamentals online course (by Mindful Schools) for individuals interested in developing a personal mindfulness practice. This course features the basics of mindfulness meditation, techniques for working with thoughts and intense emotions, and practices that foster positive states of mind.

Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques in Education (SMART)

(Passageworks, Boulder, CO)

A 20-hour course for educators based on Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program with emotion theory training as well as components of compassion training. Originally created by Margaret Cullen and the Impact Foundation, this course includes workshop sessions once a week (2 hours) for 8 weeks (after school) with a half-day retreat.  Educators learn self-care techniques, strategies for responding to challenging classroom situations, and practices for enhancing concentration and executive function.

Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)

The CARE program features three primary components: 1) emotion skills instruction, 2) mindfulness and stress reduction practices, and 3) listening and compassion exercises. Instructors offer a five-day intensive retreat in the summer at the Garrison Institute in NY. This curriculum is also offered in schools in four all-day sessions spread over 6-8 weeks in the fall with a fifth “booster” session in the spring (Jennings, 2015).