Jon Kabat-Zinn’s 2018 APA Convention Address on Mindfulness


The Society for Health Psychology co-sponsored Jon Kabat-Zinn’s presentation “Mindfulness as a Way of Being—in Psychotherapy and in Life“on August 10, 2018 during the annual convention in San Francisco.

The following discussion on mindfulness was co-sponsored by APA Division 32 (the Society for Humanistic Psychology), and Division 1 (The Division for General Psychology).

“Attending via videoconference, Kabat-Zinn addressed critical issues at the interface of mindfulness and psychotherapy, led participants in mindfulness practice, was interviewed by two APA clinical psychologists and engaged in Q&A directly with the attendees.”

“Mindfulness is a foundational element of many psychotherapies, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP). These interventions are modeled on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an outpatient approach founded by Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 to train medical patients with chronic pain and stress-related conditions in intensive mindfulness meditation. MBSR is now the mindfulness intervention of choice or a model for other mindfulness-based programs in hospitals, clinics and therapy rooms across the United States and around the world.”

APA Psychologists interviewing Jon Kabat-Zinn:

Donna Rockwell, PsyD, Div. 32 president, is a licensed clinical psychologist, mindfulness meditation teacher with expertise developed over 20 years in Shambhala International meditation training and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University. A grant recipient of the Marjorie S. Fisher Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to establish The Mindfulness Initiative, Rockwell designed the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy course curriculum for the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, training graduate students in mindfulness-based theory and clinical practice. Rockwell now teaches, Mindfulness and Meditation in Health at Saybrook’s College of Integrated Medicine and Health Sciences.

Holly Hazlett-Stevensis an associate professor at the University of Nevada. She is the author of two books, “Women Who Worry Too Much: How to Stop Worry & Anxiety from Ruining Relationships, Work and Fun” and “Psychological Approaches to Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide to Assessment and Treatment.” She is a co-author of “New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training.” Since 2010, Hazlett-Stevens has received over 260 hours of professional education in MBSR instruction and is a CFM certified MBSR Instructor, and she received formal, professional training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

For additional information and presenter interviews, contact Donna Rockwell via emailor by telephone at (248) 877-9611. You can also find contact information for her at her websiteor on the Div. 32 leadership listings.


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