Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program and MBSR-Based Training Programs Offered

Miami Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.

— Jon Kabat-Zinn          

Mindfulness-Based Programs:

  1. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program
  2. MBSR Teacher Training in Miami - Approved “Practicum” & “Mentorship” – MBSR Teacher “Qualification” & “Certification” Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute at UCSD
  3. Inner Journey~Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (IJ-MBSR) Program
  4. .b Mindfulness Training for Teens (11-18 years)

MBSR and IJ-MBSR Benefit Adults Personally and Professionally

1. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program 
MBSR is an evidence-based, clinical intervention pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center/ Medical School. It cultivates the practice of mindfulness. The MBSR curriculum focuses on moment-to-moment awareness, being present, and the intentional observation of physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts.

Increased awareness allows us to live in the moment, to be present for our lives, instead of letting life slip away while our minds wander into regrets of the past or worries of the future.  Medical research has documented mindfulness as a complement to the medical treatment of many physical and psychological symptoms and illnesses.

2. Approved MBSR Teacher Training in Miami - “MBSR Practicum” and “Mentorship” for MBSR Teacher “Qualification” & “Certification”
Approved MBSR Practicum and Mentorship Training is being offered in Miami by Valerie York-Zimmerman, member of the University of California at San Diego’s (UCSD) Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute’s (MBPTI) Mentorship Training Team. Valerie is also a CFM Certified MBSR Teacher awarded certification by the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as the Founder and Senior Teacher of Miami Mindfulness. (Link: http://mbpti.org/mbsr-teacher-qualification-and-certification/)

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3. IJ-MBSR- primarily based on MBSR with additional elements focusing on difficult emotions and disturbed thinking
IJ-MBSR, Inner Journey~Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, is based primarily on MBSR.  However, it includes additional elements from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which focus on a mindfulness approach to difficult emotions and disturbed or repetitive thinking.  MBCT was created by Drs. Zindel Segal, University of Toronto, Mark Williams, University of Oxford, and John Teasdale, formerly of Cambridge University, UK. IJ-MBSR also emphasizes compassion and loving kindness.

MBSR and IJ-MBSR are highly beneficial for any adult who is:

  • learning to live with uncomfortable symptoms, chronic pain, or illness
  • wanting to let go of painful issues from childhood trauma
  • committed to achieving optimum health and wellbeing
  • looking to improve performance or relationships with others

MBSR and IJ-MBSR provide a systematic retraining of the nervous system through the practices of:

  • mindfulness a/k/a insight meditation
  • gentle mindful movement exercises which increase strength, flexibility, and balance
  • walking meditation
  • relaxation practices like the body scan
  • exploration of difficult emotions and thoughts
  • loving kindness and compassion practices


4. .b Mindfulness Training for Teens (11-18 years)
.b is an award-winning mindfulness curriculum for youth developed by leading educators at the Mindfulness in Schools Project in 2007. .b [dot-be] stands for “Stop and Be!” and is based on both Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Launched in the UK, this 10-lesson training for middle and high school students has become the #1 training for youth across Europe. 

Teens report that they feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled.  They concentrate better and have tools to deal with stress and anxiety.  Students find that when they learn to be more “present”, they can pay attention better, improve the quality of their performance in the classroom, on the sports field, and in the performing arts. .b is taught with striking visuals, film clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life without losing the precision, expertise and integrity of classic mindfulness teaching. 

While a number of research studies have been published, there are several underway. A major new project funded by the Wellcome Trust started in January 2015.  MYRIAD – Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence is a multi-university study with 6,000 participants being led by Dr. Mark Williams at the University of Oxford.  Dr. Williams is also a co-creator of MBCT and founded the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.


Inner Journey - MBSR Benefits Children and Teens

MBSR Benefits Children and Teens

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men [and women].

~  Frederick Douglass

IJ-MBSR is beneficial and empowering for any adult.  Like other Mindfulness-Based Interventions emphasizing attention to emotional regulation, a healthy thinking, and cultivating compassion and kindness, it is particularly helpful for educators and mental health counselors teaching children and teens.

MBSR Children and Teens“Indirect training” of children and teens through their teachers by enabling educators to embody mindfulness in the classroom is the most effective way of teaching mindfulness to children and teens.  Teachers learn to bring a calm awareness and kind presence to every student, weaving mindfulness into the DNA of the daily school experience. Furthermore, it has become evident that training teachers to develop a foundation of personal practice creates a wider and more sustainable benefit to the entire system of education.

The IJ-MBSR adult program has been taught to teachers and mental health counselors in many Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

As the Founder, former Executive Director, and Senior Teacher/Trainer for Mindful Kids Miami, Valerie York-Zimmerman, forged an agreement with the M-DCPS Department of Professional Development and taught the IJ-MBSR Program to more than 200 public school teachers and mental health counselors district-wide during the 2015-2016 school year.

Results showed significant improvements both personally and professionally for the educators as well as substantive improvements for their students in areas of behavior and academic performance.

Research studies demonstrate that mindfulness training for children and teens:

  • Increases Attention and Focus – resulting in higher academic achievement
  • Reduces Stress – allowing kids to learn more and perform better
  • Improves Impulse Control – increasing teaching time in the classroom
  • Develops Emotional Regulation – teaching children to “respond” rather than “react”
  • Builds Empathy & Compassion – cultivating tolerance of cultural, religious, and sexual diversity as well as reducing cruelty, bullying, and violence.