A Seminar on Mindfulness

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Dr. Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC – Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC, and consultant psychiatrist in the Brief Intervention Unit at VGH

  • Dr. Grabovac will review a precise and practical definition of mindfulness and clarify some common misconceptions about this often misunderstood term.  She will then present a simplified traditional Buddhist framework for understanding how mindfulness results in clinical benefits, such as when used for the treatment of depression.  She will give an overview of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for the prevention of depressive relapse, which has been shown in numerous clinical studies to decrease relapse rates of depression by 50 percent.  She will describe the MBCT program at VGH and share local MBCT resources.  

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, PhD – Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education, and Interim Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC

  • Dr. Schonert-Reichl will begin with a brief review of research that has emerged that demonstrates the importance of promoting children’s social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools and describe how recent innovations in developmental neuroscience and mindfulness can inform these efforts. She will then highlight her own research evaluating a universal school-based social and emotional competence promotion program that incorporates mindfulness practices – MindUP  — a program developed from research and theory in the fields of developmental neuroscience, mindful attention awareness, SEL, and positive psychology.  A discussion of both processes and mechanisms that underlie children’s social and emotional development i and practical implications for the promotion of children’s self-regulation, empathy, compassion, and kindness will be discussed.

Dr. Dzung Vo, MD, FAAP – Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, and Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program at BC Children’s Hospital

  • Dr. Vo will describe clinical mindfulness-based interventions with youth to promote resilience and healthy coping with depression, anxiety, pain, and chronic illness. He will discuss considerations in teaching mindfulness to youth in a developmentally appropriate manner. He will describe the MARS-A (Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents) program at BC Children’s Hospital, and share mindfulness resources for teens and families. See a recent interview with Dr. Vo in UBC News here.

Panel discussion and wine and cheese reception to follow

Tuesday, April 21 2015, 6:30pm @ Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital