Faculty Mind-Body Skills Training
The UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness specializes in mindfulness programs include mind-body skills training for students and faculty. Mind-body techniques are effective for improving stress, anxiety, depression and well-being across a wide range of populations (e.g., Saunders et al., 2007; Shapiro et al., 1998). Mind-body skills training includes:
- Guided imagery
Faculty Facilitator Training Retreats
Adapted from a program implemented via the Institute for Integrative Health, Educating for Enhanced Self-Awareness and Self-Care: An Experiential Training in Mind-Body Medicine, faculty from UC are trained in mind-body skills by internationally-recognized experts to be able to lead student courses at their home institution.
During the immersive three-day retreat, participants practice mind-body approaches, such as meditation, journaling, biofeedback and yoga to realize the benefits (manage stress, foster well-being, among others) through personal experience. Lectures ground the practices in neuroscience and physiology, while experiential sessions demonstrate how to lead mind-body skills groups. Faculty leave with the necessary training, tools, materials, and strategic thinking to help them implement student courses.
Following the retreat, the Mind-Body Skills Program Coordinator supports faculty by aiding in student course scheduling, providing course materials and supplies, and convening monthly faculty connection meetings.
- 3-day off-site retreat
- Open to 10 trainees per retreat
- Open to faculty/staff from all colleges across UC
- 2 retreats planned per year
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