Teaching Mindfulness to Doctors and Healthcare Professionals

Masterclass details

Course Title

Teaching Mindfulness to Doctors and Healthcare Professionals

Course Leaders

Dr Maura Kenny, Professor Anne Speckens, Professor Michael Krasner

How long is the Masterclass?

One Day 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Who is the Masterclass for?

Mindfulness Teachers or Teachers in training interested in working in this area, and medical educators who are involved in the pastoral care of their colleagues.

Where is the Masterclass?

Oxford Mindfulness Centre

How many people on each Masterclass


How much does the Masterclass cost?

£130 including lunch

Available masterclasses:

5th July 2017 Spaces available -

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What is the Masterclass about?

This workshop will be run by 3 medical doctors who have extensive personal, teaching and research experience of bringing mindfulness to the healthcare profession. Together we will explore the particular challenges of a healthcare vocation, how mindfulness can help prevent burnout and restore meaning and satisfaction, whether this may lead to better medicine, and what modifications and emphases are needed to make mindfulness courses accessible and relevant to busy and tired healthcare workers. Recent research findings from their various programs will also be presented.

Who is it for?

This workshop is for mindfulness teachers who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions, teachers in training who wish to focus on this area or medical educators who are involved in the pastoral care of their colleagues.

Who are the presenters?

Maura Kenny is a psychiatrist and mindfulness teacher-trainer based in Australia who has been teaching 8 week mindfulness courses to mental health populations and health and education staff for many years. More recently she has developed and evaluated a 6 week modified mindfulness course for junior medical staff, consultants and GPs, and healthcare professionals. She is the founding Co-Director of the Mindfulness Training Institute Australasia and an Associate teacher-trainer with OMC.

Anne Speckens is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Raboud Centre for Mindfulness in the Netherlands. The centre offers mindfulness-based courses to both patients with psychological or somatic conditions, but also to health care professionals. She is a principal investigator of several clinical trials of mindfulness for patients with recurrent depression, ADHD and cancer, and has also conducted studies of mindfulness in medical students at the start of their internship, in medical residents during their training to become a consultant, in general practitioners and medical consultants. She is an Associate teacher-trainer with OMC.

Read a recent publication by the Department of Psychiatry, Radboudumc, on mindfulness for medical students – published in Academic Medicine vDijk Ac Med 2017.

Mick Krasner, MD, FACP, is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he co-directs the Mindful Practice programs, practices primary care internal medicine in Rochester, New York. He has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to patients, medical students, and health professionals for more than 17 years, involving nearly 2200 participants, including over 800 health professionals. He is engaged in a variety of research projects including the investigations of the effects of mindfulness practices on the immune system in the elderly, on chronic psoriasis, and on medical student stress and well-being. He was the project director of Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice, reported in JAMA in September, 2009. He is very interested in the connection between health professional well-being and the effectiveness of the healing relationship.