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Mindfulness Training

Exploring Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction With Survivors of Gun Violence

Objectives

  • Articulate the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, coping with pain and illness and enhancing well-being
  • Practice and apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of both settings
  • Integrate mindfulness into social interaction with patients, colleagues, supervisors, family and friends to facilitate more effective and mindful communication
  • Articulate the potential benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction (and mindfulness in general) to educate friends and families about the benefits of such programs in their own lives
  • Implement brief mindfulness practices with friends and family members as a means of contending with acute pain, anxiety and distress

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities

Articles of Note

Mindfulness reducing PTSD and depression in gun violence survivors

“We understand their trauma and we understand what trauma does to not only the body but to the soul. And we knew we had to do something,” Sandy Phillips

But it wasn’t until they participated in a research study run by Fadel Zeidan at the University of California at San Diego that they felt their own souls begin to rest.

Why Survivors of Gun Violence Are Turning to Mindfulness

The winding path of grief can be complicated by trauma. For survivors of gun violence, mindfulness can help people navigate their pain and support post-traumatic growth, one breath at a time.

Healing the Trauma of Gun Violence

What began for Sandy in her therapist’s office was solidified when she met meditation teacher and Pandemic of Love founder Shelly Tygielski after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. “She said, ‘I love the work you’re doing. Let’s bring mindfulness to those who are suffering.’” Together, they planned a retreat in Massachusetts. 

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