People today are inundated by a variety of stressors on a minute to minute basis. While there is no way to avoid them, there is a way to change your relationship with stress so you no longer suffer from its presence. Crouse Hospital’s Mindful Living & Stress Reduction program teaches meditation practices that will make you more aware of the present moment and increase your ability to deal with stress. The program also heightens your creativity and, in turn, improves your problem-solving abilities.
“Mindfulness is a way of paying wise attention to all the circumstances that arise, and offers a way to relate to those circumstances in a way that can reduce stress and suffering,” says course instructor Pauline Cecere, LCSW, who has taught this class for more than a decade.
The course is held four Wednesdays, March 19 and 26 and April 2 and 9, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The class is held in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Avenue with free parking in the Marley or Crouse garages. The cost for the course is $245, and covers instruction, CDs and materials and an optional retreat on Saturday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. To learn more about the course, contact Cecere at 315/655-3066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cecere is a licensed clinical social worker providing psychotherapy in private practice in Cazenovia, NY. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and has practiced psychotherapy since 1981. Cecere has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, who was instrumental in expanding the practice of mindful meditation in the United States nearly 30 years ago through a program he developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Cecere has taught in the David B. Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. She has presented Mindful Eating workshops with fellow psychotherapist, Nicole Christina, LCSW, and is a certified SoulCollage® facilitator and Kripalu yoga instructor.
The Mindful Living & Stress Reduction program is offered through Crouse Hospital’s Institute for Integrative Medicine.