Our habitual, automatic and unconscious patterns of reacting to stressful situations are known to be a source of stress, both at work and in our personal life. The aim of this course is to fully understand this process, to gain insight into our own patterns, and to acquire alternative, more flexible ways of responding to situations that repeatedly have been stressful to us in the past. The skills you will learn in this course help to prevent (work)stress from accumulating and becoming a health problem in the future.
In this course you will learn how to stop automatic patterns and respond in a more effective and flexible way. You will learn about the physiology of stress, stress in interaction and in communication with others. Moreover, we will discuss the importance of self-acceptance, self-kindness and self-care and the awareness of unpleasant sensations, emotions and thoughts. You will learn how to recognise and respectfully take care of your personal boundaries.
The course contains eight weekly sessions, plus an extra session of practicing ‘silence’, in which all aspects of the course come together. Methods used are meditation, inquiry and reflection on experiences. Background theory is discussed to the extent necessary to deepen the understanding of the material. We ask you to practice one hour each day at home (doing meditation exercises and keeping a log); the willingness to do this is necessary to participate. The programme is preceded by filling in a questionnaire.
The effect of Mindfulness has been widely studied, and it turns out that it is not recommended to participate if you suffer from or have:
- acute, serious depression,
- serious addiction (alcohol/drugs),
- negative attitude towards meditation.
Participants will fill out a small questionnaire. The trainer may decide to exclude anyone from participation based on this information.
Marjan Ossebaard, Instituut voor Innovatie en Leren
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You will receive a course certificate after attending all course sessions and active participation.
Wednesdays September 18 and 25, October 2, 9, 16 and 30, Friday November 1 and Wednesdays November 6 and 13.
From 09.00 till 12.00h.
Course fee internal PhD candidates: €0.
Course fee academic staff UU/UMC: €645.
Course fee external participants (if space permits): €1070.
‘Internal PhD candidates’ include:
- PhD candidates registered to the Graduate School of Life Sciences of Utrecht University via Hora Est/MyPhD
‘Academic staff UU/UMC’ include:
- PhD candidates of Utrecht University, not registered to the Graduate School of Life Sciences via Hora Est/MyPhD;
- Postdocs employed by the Utrecht University or UMC Utrecht;
- Other academic staff employed at the UU/UMC
‘External participants' include:
- all other participants
You may cancel your application free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. If you cancel your application within four weeks before the start or if you are not present at the course meetings you(r department/research group) will be charged a no-show fee (€325 for this course). Unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions to this policy.