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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to what is happening in your life in a nonreactive way.

More than 30 years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, developed the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program using meditative techniques to rediscover and cultivate this ability that is present in every person. 

Mindfulness-based stress reduction at Rush

The mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program at Rush involves eight weekly 2 and 1/2 hour classes and one all-day weekend session.

Through guided instruction and group dialogue, you will learn a variety of mindfulness meditation practices. To help you use these skills in everyday life, you will receive a home practice manual and CDs.

Register for the MBSR program at Rush

  • Program cost: $450. Check with your employer; your flexible spending account or an employee development benefit program may cover this program.
  • Dates: Free orientation sessions, Feb. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Eight weekly classes begin March 6. 
  • Registration: To register or for more information, contact the Rush Department of Psychiatry at (312) 942-0118 or lisa_selefski@rush.edu.
  • Instructors: Patricia Normand, MD, Susan Gray, CWC.

Benefits of MBSR

Evidence supports the importance of the mind-body connection. Research studies have shown this program to have the following benefits:

  • Stress reduction for acute or everyday stressors
  • Managing acute or chronic illness, including chronic pain
  • Increasing mental focus
  • Helping you play an active role in your own health and well-being