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Donald McCown , Diane K. Reibel , Marc S. Micozzi
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23 Jun 2011 1461402409 978-1461402404 2010
The applications and use of mindfulness-based interventions in medicine, mental health care, and education have been expanding as rapidly as the empirical evidence base that is validating and recommending them. This growth has created a powerful demand for professionals who can effectively deliver these interventions, and for the training of new professionals who can enter the fold.

Ironically, while the scientific literature on mindfulness has surged, little attention has been paid to the critical who and how of mindfulness pedagogy. Teaching Mindfulness is the first in-depth treatment of the person and skills of the mindfulness teacher. It is intended as a practical guide to the landscape of teaching, to help those with a new or growing interest in mindfulness-based interventions to develop both the personal authenticity and the practical know-how that can make teaching mindfulness a highly rewarding and effective way of working with others. The detail of theory and praxis it contains can also help seasoned mindfulness practitioners and teachers to articulate and understand more clearly their own pedagogical approaches.

Engagingly written and enriched with vignettes from actual classes and individual sessions, this unique volume:

  • Places the current mindfulness-based interventions in their cultural and historical context to help clarify language use, and the integration of Eastern and Western spiritual and secular traditions
  • Offers a highly relational understanding of mindfulness practice that supports moment-by-moment work with groups and individuals
  • Provides guidance and materials for a highly experiential exploration of the reader's personal practice, embodiment, and application of mindfulness

  • Describes in detail the four essential skill sets of the mindfulness teacher

  • Proposes a comprehensive, systematic model of the intentions of teaching mindfulness as they are revealed in the mindfulness-based interventions
  • Includes sample scripts for a wide range of mindfulness practices, and an extensive resource section for continued personal and career development
  • Essential for today's practitioners and teachers of mindfulness-based interventions

Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators brings this increasingly important discipline into clearer focus, opening dialogue for physicians, clinical and health psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, life coaches, organizational development professionals, and teachers and professionals in higher education , in short, everyone with an interest in helping others find their way into the benefits of the present moment.


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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461402409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461402404
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 22.8 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This book describes the basic skills of mindfulness for professionals … . the book is ‘most accessible to clinicians, such as physicians, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and others, as well as to clergy and educators.’ … This helpful book is easy to read and practical … . The use of mindfulness is very popular and clients can benefit greatly. … passion for this art is clearly communicated in this book, which really is its strength.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Review Service, June, 2010)

“Teaching Mindfulness offers a coherent, thorough, and genuine text on the topic, maintaining both the pragmatism and clarity that is required for a professional … . I recommend this book be read by anyone with an interest in teaching mindfulness formally or informally, novice or expert. … What it ends up being is a jewel in the young, turbulent waters of Western mindfulness practice and a vital and glowingly genuine contribution to the literature as a whole.” (Joshua C. Felver-Gant, Mindfulness, July, 2010)

“The purpose is to introduce healthcare practitioners and other giving professionals to the practice and teaching of mindfulness. … It is written for healthcare practitioners as well as counselors, nurses, therapists, clergy, and educators. It is also appropriate for individuals, such as coaches like myself, who have an established interest in mindfulness interventions. … I found this book to be a valuable resource and a tool that I can use to take the next steps in increasing my knowledge and capabilities.” (Howard A. Fox, Doody’s Review Service, September, 2011)

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The applications and use of mindfulness-based interventions in medicine, mental health care, and education have been expanding as rapidly as the empirical evidence base that is validating and recommending them. This growth has created a powerful demand for professionals who can effectively deliver these interventions, and for the training of new professionals who can enter the fold.

Ironically, while the scientific literature on mindfulness has surged, little attention has been paid to the critical who and how of mindfulness pedagogy. Teaching Mindfulness is the first in-depth treatment of the person and skills of the mindfulness teacher. It is intended as a practical guide to the landscape of teaching, to help those with a new or growing interest in mindfulness-based interventions to develop both the personal authenticity and the practical know-how that can make teaching mindfulness a highly rewarding and effective way of working with others. The detail of theory and praxis it contains can also help seasoned mindfulness practitioners and teachers to articulate and understand more clearly their own pedagogical approaches.

Engagingly written and enriched with vignettes from actual classes and individual sessions, this unique volume:

  • Places the current mindfulness-based interventions in their cultural and historical context to help clarify language use, and the integration of Eastern and Western spiritual and secular traditions
  • Offers a highly relational understanding of mindfulness practice that supports moment-by-moment work with groups and individuals
  • Provides guidance and materials for a highly experiential exploration of the reader's personal practice, embodiment, and application of mindfulness

  • Describes in detail the four essential skill sets of the mindfulness teacher

  • Proposes a comprehensive, systematic model of the intentions of teaching mindfulness as they are revealed in the mindfulness-based interventions
  • Includes sample scripts for a wide range of mindfulness practices, and an extensive resource section for continued personal and career development
  • Essential for today's practitioners and teachers of mindfulness-based interventions

Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators brings this increasingly important discipline into clearer focus, opening dialogue for physicians, clinical and health psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, life coaches, organizational development professionals, and teachers and professionals in higher education, in short, everyone with an interest in helping others find their way into the benefits of the present moment.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 6 Nov 2013
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Wonderful book about teaching mindfulness - there are very few out there for teachers and if you are teaching mindfulness I would highly recommend this book
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 24 July 2012
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I have started to give mindfulness classes at work as a psychiatrist quite recently and wanted to buy this book to update and expand my knowledge of teaching mindfulness. It has been an excellent purchase! It is a very thorough presentation of the subject and even as a moderately compact size can fit extreme amount of information in it. It is slow to read because of that, maybe more a textbook kind of book, but very necessary and welcome as such. Recommend it to all professionals who practise in a teaching mindfulness related field and is worth it's somewhat high price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential resource 9 April 2014
By Verena
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This is a valuable and essential resource for all instructors and teachers of instructors of mindfulness.
The (inevitable) academic and americanisation of style and language is challenging. However, the consistency in integrating theory and practise throughout the text, brings rewards for those who persevere. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars TEACHING MINDFULNESS 23 Mar 2014
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It's a useful book for teachers of mindfulness. However I found it a bit hardgoing. I would have preferred more summarys at the end of each chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for researchers, too 18 Jun 2010
By Susan Bauer-Wu - Published on Amazon.com
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Teaching Mindfulness is not just for clinicians and educators despite what the subtitle suggests. It is a must-read for researchers, too. Researchers who are conducting or are planning to conduct mindfulness research can benefit greatly from this rich resource. Right now research on mindfulness is indeed "hot" and researchers without much, if any, mindfulness training or other meditation experience are jumping on the bandwagon to ride the funding wave. Many researchers think of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and related mindfulness based programs like classic cognitive-behavioral interventions that can be simply implemented by following a manual. They think that a graduate student can easily learn by simply taking a course and then become a mindfulness instructor to deliver their study intervention. However they are sorely mistaken and as such are doing a disservice to this important field. The authors, McCown, Reibel, and Micozzi, have written a clear and comprehensive guide that describes essential issues related to treatment fidelity, teacher qualities and skills, and historical foundations of mindfulness based interventions, all critical for the researcher to consider before embarking on studies of MBSR or other mindfulness based programs.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars teaching mindfulness: a practical guide for clinicians and educators 12 May 2010
By Denise Janssenmay - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a therapist and case manager in a psychiatric hospital and have brought mindfulness to both the patients and the care-givers where I work. I found my way to MBSR, knowing there must be a better way than reinventing the wheel. That led me to training with both authors and their new book, which is a godsend. I have in one resource to fulfill my intention to effectively teach others to uyse mindfulness as a means of self-regulation, self-discovery and ultimately self-transcendence. How cool is that? Great book...a little pricy, but well worth it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and substantial resource for teachers of Mindfulness 22 July 2010
By Ann Hitchins - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a clear, rich, engaging book covering multiple facets of teaching Mindfulness. In its treatment of the subject, it is both deep and broad, theoretical and practical. I have been USING this book, finding it an incredibly helpful resource for my first steps in teaching mindfulness to others.I am very grateful to have this portable teacher on my desk as I wade into these new waters. It was beneficial just to read when I first got it, and now it has become even richer for actually using it while teaching. I hope this book has a long and useful life!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book for teachers! 28 April 2010
By H. Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have found this book very helpful as a person who has only been teaching for the past few years. The real life examples were very insightful, and it was also very generous of the authors to provide scripts for the various practices as well. Many thanks!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only very experienced practitioners should teach mindfulness 3 Aug 2013
By James - Published on Amazon.com
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Though I think its extraordinarily great that mindfulness has now been accepted by the medical industry, I'm disappointed with the level of profiteering that has occurred along with it (MBSR along with it). The Western medical industry now seems poised to lay claim to what has been a free and open teaching for the last 2500 years. Most psychotherapeutical methods and drugs are not effective in the long term and the practice of mindfulness as a lifestyle change appears to be more effective. Before you know it, the medical and psychology industries will be lobbying for exclusive rights to the use of terms and accrediting Master's/PhD programs just like they did with relatively ineffective psychotherapy.

I just hope in the long run, they don't corrupt the practice entirely.

If you want to learn the technique you can attend a Vipassana center free of charge for a 10 day course (including meals). I hope no one thinks of teaching mindfulness without personally practicing first on a long term basis. As a licensed HS teacher, coach, counselor, and mindfulness practitioner, I truly doubt the ability of anyone but an experienced meditator to guide others effectively. From my experience, such teachers will believe they have a grasp of what they are doing when in fact, they do not. Mindfulness is a personal practice and the basic instructions are quite freely available and so anyone is free and open to distribute the basic instructions. It would be unethical to charge for something which is given freely elsewhere, especially to the emotionally needy.

In the case of clinicians or educators, who are contemplating on teaching mindfulness professionally, unless one has several years of a regular personal mindfulness practice, I would they refrain until such time that they have such experience. I appreciate that people need to be paid for their time and expertise but clinicians who learn mindfulness and how to teach mindfulness from a book are hardly experts and unless they are experts (with years of intensive practice), billing for time with an non-expert is no less than fraud.
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