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Press release announcing Jon Kabat-Zinn as special invited speaker and Div. 32 guide content for APA's 2018 convention.

Div. 32 is excited to announce that mindfulness pioneer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is our special invited speaker at the 126th Annual APA Convention in San Francisco. The founder of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society will discuss Mindfulness as a Way of Being — in Psychotherapy and in Life on Friday, Aug. 10 from 10-11:50 a.m. at the Mascone Convention Center, Rm 555/555. Attending via videoconference, Kabat-Zinn will address critical issues at the interface of mindfulness and psychotherapy, lead participants in mindfulness practice for self-care and clinical applications, be interviewed by two APA clinical psychologists and engage in Q&A with attendees.

"In forty years, mindfulness has gone from a relatively unknown element of Buddhist meditation practice into the mainstream of medicine, health care and the broader society. The NIH supports millions of dollars of research on its health effects and mechanisms of action. Mindfulness is also increasingly covered in the media," Kabat-Zinn said. "Yet popularization has been accompanied with exaggerated claims for its effectiveness, as well as to people claiming to teach 'mindfulness' who do not practice it themselves," he warned.

In this session, Kabat-Zinn will describe his understanding of mindfulness and the challenges facing the field at this particular moment in time. Mindfulness is a foundational element of many psychotherapies, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP). These interventions are modeled on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an outpatient approach founded by Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 to train medical patients with chronic pain and stress-related conditions in intensive mindfulness meditation. MBSR is now the mindfulness intervention of choice or a model for other mindfulness-based programs in hospitals, clinics and therapy rooms across the United States and around the world.


Donna Rockwell, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, mindfulness meditation teacher with expertise developed over 20 years in Shambhala International meditation training. A grant recipient of the Marjorie S. Fisher Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to establish The Mindfulness Initiative, she designed the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy course curriculum for the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, training graduate students in mindfulness-based theory and clinical practice. She teaches Mindfulness and Meditation in Health as adjunct faculty in Saybrook's College of Integrated Medicine and Health Sciences.

Holly Hazlett-Stevens is an associate professor at the University of Nevada. She is the author of two books, Women Who Worry Too Much: How to Stop Worry and Anxiety from Ruining Relationships, Work and Fun and Psychological Approaches to Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Clinician's Guide to Assessment and Treatment. She is a co-author of New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training. Since 2010, Hazlett-Stevens has received over 260 hours of professional education in MBSR instruction and is a CFM certified MBSR Instructor and received formal professional training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

View the full Div. 32 convention schedule online (PDF, 212KB).