Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM)

Hosted by the Program on Integrative Medicine

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers training in meditation and mind-body awareness that will teach you how to slow down, set priorities and stay calm, focused and relaxed in the midst of a busy life. These practices will enhance your body’s natural adaptive healing ability and will cultivate the mind’s clarity and insight.

This evidenced-based program is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s model that teaches Mindfulness is “the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” It enables individuals to step out of ‘automatic pilot.’ and to connect and respond to daily life with increased awareness and self-control.

The class format includes instruction and practice of mindfulness skills, mind-body exercises, group dialogue, and daily home assignments. In this program, you will receive:

  • 8 weekly classes of 2-1/2 hours each
  • One 6-hour retreat on a Saturday
  • Recordings with guided meditations and stretching practices
  • Access to extensive handouts, reading lists, home assignments, resources, etc.

Participants are encouraged to practice home assignments for 30-40 minutes every day and to complete an initial questionnaire and a course evaluation. This challenging, life-affirming course requires a strong commitment for maximal benefit. Your instructors are committed to and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment.

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Well Said: Reducing stress through Mindfulness

Listen to Kessonga Giscombe, on UNC Well Said: Reducing stress through mindfulness. Kessonga discusses the definition and meaning of mindfulness and clears misconceptions.

Follow this link to listen on SOUNDCLOUD: https://bit.ly/2HI5Xkf

Kessonga Giscombé, MS, L.Ac. is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s of Science degree in Acupuncture from The New York College of Health Professions. He specializes in Japanese Meridian Therapy as well as Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Mr. Giscombe also received his national certification for Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, located in New York, and has received training in Mindfulness from the Oasis MBSR Center at University of Massachusetts and the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Giscombe has successfully treated patients who presented with an array of ailments, such as migraines/headaches, asthma, arthritis, hypertension, obesity, anxiety, digestive orders, and chronic pain.


Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with Kessonga Giscombé, MS, L.Ac.

Class Dates:Tuesdays, May 14 through July 2, 2019

Time: 6:00 P.M. to  8:30 P.M.

Instructor: Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac.

TBD Location: UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, 27599, 325 Pittsboro St #3550, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, Room 500

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Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Kessonga Giscombé, MS, L.Ac. is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s of Science degree in Acupuncture from The New York College of Health Professions. He specializes in Japanese Meridian Therapy as well as Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.

Mr. Giscombe also received his national certification for Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, located in New York, and has received training in Mindfulness from the Oasis MBSR Center at University of Massachusetts and the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. Giscombe has successfully treated patients who presented with an array of ailments, such as migraines/headaches, asthma, arthritis, hypertension, obesity, anxiety, digestive orders, and chronic pain.


May 2019


Mindful Parenting, with Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.

Class Dates: Fridays, May 3 through May 24, 2019

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

Instructor: Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.

TBD Location: UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, 27599, 325 Pittsboro St #3550, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, Room 500

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Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and owner of the Center for Mindful Development, PLLC in Hillsborough. After working at UNC’s Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and serving as the state consultant for school psychology, she returned to the rewards of clinical practice in 2013. At the Center for Mindful Development, she provides psychological services and mindfulness education, with a focus on mindful parenting.

Dr. Caroline Hexdall is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. In graduate school, she focused on issues related to developmental disabilities, chronic illness and positive psychology, specifically hope, life satisfaction and subjective well-being. After receiving her doctorate in school psychology at the University of South Carolina, she completed her fellowship at the Center for Development and Learning (currently the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities) at the University of North Carolina.

During Caroline’s, nearly ten years at the CIDD, she provided evaluation and therapeutic services to children and adolescents with and without developmental disabilities. In addition, she consulted with community and state agencies, Head Start programs and universities on the evaluation of and service provision to children and adults with and without developmental disabilities. From 2008-2013, she served as the school psychology consultant for the NC Department of Public Instruction. Wanting to return to clinical work grounded in mindfulness, while continuing to make meaningful and positive change for all, Dr. Hexdall founded the Center for Mindful Development in 2013, focused on providing psychological services to all children, adolescents and families.


 

 

 


June 2019


“Spring into Summer” A Mindfulness Retreat, Restoration, & Rejuvenation with

Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Feeling stressed, overloaded, out of sorts?

Join us for this day of Mindfulness in the beautiful wooded surroundings of New Hope Camp and Conference Center.

While taking a break from the daily grind, we will experience a day of Seated Meditation, Mindful Eating, Mindful Movement, Restorative Yoga and Walking Meditation at the labyrinth.

From this Retreat, you will be reminded of the possibilities for calming and nurturing self while learning techniques for applying Mindfulness to every aspect or your life.

No experience is required.

We will have chairs and cushions for seating.

All activities can be adapted to suit personal preferences and physical limitations.

  • Please bring your own yoga mat, a blanket, and a meditation cushion if you have one.

  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you freedom of movement.

  • If you plan to take the walk to the labyrinth, or otherwise be outside at lunch, you may want to bring sunscreen and bug repellant. (No DEET please)

  • Please avoid wearing perfumes and other scented toiletries and cosmetics.

Class Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time: 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Instructor: Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

LocationNew Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 , Oak Lodge

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Morning of Mindfulness, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Class Date: Saturday, June 29

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Instructor: Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Location: UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, 1807 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill NC 27514

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September 2019


Mindful Parenting, with Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.

Class Dates: Fridays, September 13 through October 4, 2019

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

Instructor: Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.

Location: UNC Hospital Hillsborough Campus, 430 Waterstone Drive, Hillsborough NC 27278 [HBT 10011 Training Room]

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Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Class Dates: Fridays, September 20 through November 8, 2019

Instructor: Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Time: 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Location: UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, 1807 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill NC 27514

Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW, is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher who has been leading mindfulness programs nationwide for over 30 years. She has taught the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at Duke and UNC, and the Mindfulness Training for Professionals programs at Duke Integrative Medicine. She has contributed to several mindfulness research projects, taught at Omega Institute, and is the author of the books Relief: Release Stress and Harmful Habits, and Awaken Your Best Self and Eating with Fierce Kindness: A Mindful and Compassionate Guide to Losing WeightSasha has spent considerable time in meditation retreats, the longest being for one year.