What is MBSR?

MBSR is an evidence-based eight week course that teaches participants skills to reduce physical and emotional stress, and enhance day-to-day well-being. Created in the late 1970’s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, MBSR has been shown to be effective at helping participants with a wide variety of needs, goals and physical conditions reduce stress, pain, anxiety and other symptoms, and improve their quality of life. This course consists of eight two and a half hour weekly classes (Note: first class is 3 hours, and last class is 3.5 hours) and one day-long (7 hour) retreat on a weekend.

Click here for more information about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

How to Enroll

There are four steps to enroll in the MBSR class at MedStar Georgetown: 

  1. Register by completing the online registration form
  2. Attend an orientation session (see dates, below)
  3. Brief individual interview with a course instructor
  4. Send payment by check payable to MGUH-GUPA to: 
    Muyinat Almaroof, Administrator 
    Department of Psychiatry
    2115 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 200
    Washington DC, 20007

Orientation Sessions

These orientation sessions (1.5 hours free of charge) are an experiential introduction to mindfulness, and at the same time, provide a detailed overview of the course.  They are designed equally for those who are curious about MBSR and seek information to help them decide, as well as for those who already are certain that they want to enroll, as an introduction and orientation.

     
Wednesday, February 15 7 to 9 p.m. Paul Jones, MD, MAT
Wednesday, February 22 7 to 9 p.m. Paul Jones, MD, MAT
Wednesday, March 1 7 to 9 p.m. Paul Jones, MD, MAT