From Preferred EAP
See below for program descriptions and details.
To learn more about our programs, call Preferred EAP at 610-433-8550 and 1-800-327-8878 or email at email@example.com.
We have three tiers of availability:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
LVHN employees: $50
EAP corporate clients: $275
General public: $375
Growing Resilience with Mindfulness (in-person and online)
LVHN employees: $25
EAP corporate clients: $125
General public: $175
Class participants must attend a free information session to register. There you will learn first-hand about our programs. At the conclusion of this session, if you are interested in learning more you can schedule a brief interview with a teacher who will answer any questions you have and make sure your personal goals of participation are consistent with the program’s goals. If so, you will then be able to register for the eight-week program.
Program scholarships and continuing education credits are available. Download scholarship application here.
This group is open to all graduates of MBSR, Mindfulness Training for Medical Professionals (MTMP), and the Growing Resilience with Mindfulness (GRM) program. The group meets virtually the first Tuesday and third Wednesday of each month. Please email Michelle.McEvoy@lvhn.org and request an invitation. The Graduate Practice Group is offered free as a service to the community by our teachers.
Mindfulness is a universal human capacity to bring our full attention to the present moment with an attitude of curiosity, openness and receptivity. It’s easy to be mindful. Anyone can do it! But it’s often hard to remember to be mindful!
By letting go of worries or preconceived notions, we can experience our lives with more awareness. Greater relaxation, ease and joyfulness are common effects. Recognizing our common humanity, graduates treat themselves and others with more compassion.
Mindfulness can be practiced through meditation or simply practicing paying attention, moment by moment with curiosity.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week group program that teaches participants to practice mindfulness. Designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center 40 years ago and extensively researched, this work has generated a body of literature in both scientific and popular publications which describes its many benefits.
About half of every 2½-hour class is spent learning and practicing mindfulness meditation. The practices include learning to pay attention to breath or body sensations while the body is still or in motion. There is also discussion about learning to recognize how each of us experiences stress and the relationship of stress to illness and behavior. Participants learn about their own patterns of reactivity and how, with mindfulness, they might choose to respond. Classroom discussion includes:
The program also includes a half-day retreat on a Saturday which is a wonderful opportunity to practice all that you have been learning.
Our classes are facilitated by two trained teachers who create a safe, cohesive environment, whether the class is conducted in-person or online. The connection that occurs between participants and facilitators is one of the most valuable aspects of the experience.
“When I slow down, I realize how much beauty and sweetness I miss by rushing around. I can be more present to others and to my own experience. I actually feel more alive.” – Program participant
Everyone! Mindfulness has been shown to support health and well-being, facilitate coping, reduce burnout and enhance communication, to name a few of its most significant benefits. MBSR reduces the distress resulting from a wide variety of chronic medical and psychological conditions. People attend to seek relief from chronic pain, sleep disturbances, high blood pressure and headaches. Other reasons include anxiety, depression or other stress symptoms.
Although children and teens can benefit greatly from mindfulness training, our program is designed for adults 18 and over.
There are some conditions which may make participation more difficult. For instance, if someone is severely ill, has recently lost a loved one or has suffered severe trauma in the recent past, this group process may not be appropriate. Please attend an information session and discuss any concerns with your teacher.
This alternative to MBSR offers shorter classes and a shorter time span, while still providing an in-depth experience with mindfulness and self-compassion. The group meets for 90-minute sessions over a six-week period. Participants will practice a variety of formal exercises. We discuss their impact as we develop practical skills for use at home and in the workplace. A detailed manual is provided that includes background information and resources for continued practice.
LVHN Center for Mindfulness was established in 2001 as a collaborative effort of the departments of family medicine and psychiatry to develop mind/body techniques which complement standard medical treatments. Co-founded by Susan Wiley, MD, Psychiatrist, and Joanne Cohen-Katz, PhD, Psychologist, the Center for Mindfulness at LVHN is the leading provider of mindfulness workshops in the Lehigh Valley. Over our many years of service, we have helped thousands of people transform their lives. Our teachers have years of supervised training to assure participants will have an experience which is both health-promoting and transformative.