Treating Mind and Spirit as One

PSI presents: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Mental Health Practitioners


An 8-week introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for mental health practitioners interested in learning about MBSR and incorporating techniques of mindfulness into their clinical practices/settings.

MBSR was established by Jon Kabat-Zinn 40 years ago in a clinical setting at the University of Massachusetts. As an experiential, evidence-based program, it is designed to give participants intensive and systematic training in meditation, Mindfulness, movement practices, education about the effects and characteristics of perception, physical and psychological stress, resilience, and conscious communication. It integrates from the beginning what has been discovered and learned in the participation of the course, into the activities of daily life.


As a Mental Health Practitioner, it’s probably not news to you that we are in the midst of a mental health pandemic and have good reason to believe that this will lead to increased cases of depression throughout the year. About 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have consistently reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic, up from one in ten adults from January to June 2019. Many adults are reporting specific negative impacts on their mental health and well-being, such as difficulty sleeping (36%) or eating (32%), increases in alcohol consumption or substance use (12%), and worsening chronic conditions (12%).

Research for the past 40 years in Mindfulness-based training has shown positive results associated with mental health-related conditions including increased self-observation, attention and concentration, emotional regulation, and stress resilience. Multiple scientific studies corroborate the benefits related to the reduction in symptoms in some behavioral conditions and physical health, including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, the ability and creativity to make decisions, better sleep, improved stress management, and heightened cognitive abilities.

This course is for:

Clinicians and mental health practitioners who work in the mental health field, whether in institutional settings, nonprofit organizations, or private practice.


ORIENTATION (required to attend the full course):
September 23, 10:00 – 11:00 am Eastern Time

September 30 – November 18
Thursday mornings, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern Time

November 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time


Weekly meetings will take place via Zoom; the day retreat will also be online with a possible in-person option for those in NYC.

About the Facilitator: 

This course will be led by Dharmachari Ananta, an Ordained Buddhist, and qualified MBSR instructor (Brown University) and yoga teacher, with over 25 years of mindfulness practice and 15 years teaching experience. He has averaged two-to-three months of retreat per year for over twenty years. He recently taught MBSR to under-served communities as part of a Fellowship with the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) to address the mental health pandemic. Watch him introduce a Mindfulness for Mental Health event he organized last year in association with the ICNY and lead a short meditation (first 15 mins). Click here.



Some tuition assistance available.