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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


Feeling tired and overwhelmed by life? Faced with anxiety and uncertainty? Dealing with the stress of work, family situations or serious medical condition?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a unique meditation technique that will enable you to develop a heightened awareness of your body and your emotions, take charge of your life, and learn to consciously and systemically work with your own stress, pain, illness and the challenges and demands of everyday life.

Valley’s MBSR program is based on the nationally recognized model developed and pioneered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since its inception at the University of Massachusetts in 1980, more than 15,000 participants have found MBSR to be a powerful means for taking charge of their lives and for enabling them to cope more effectively with stressful situations. 

Jodie Katz, M.D., is the director of Valley Hospital's MBSR program.  Dr. Katz is a family physician, certified yoga instructor in Structural Yoga™ and Medical Director of Valley's Center for Integrated Medicine. Dr. Katz completed the practicum in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts, as well as a training seminar with the founder and director of the program.  She was named one of (201) Magazine's "17 people to watch in health in 2015."

Dr. Katz and all of our other instructors have completed basic and advanced training in MBSR in the Mindfulness-based Professional Education and Training Program at the Center of Mindfulness in Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Valley's MBSR program is an 8-week program and includes weekly sessions on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., as well as an all-day session on one Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Nursing CEUs are available.

In addition, there will be MBSR classes offered for adults for an 8-week session on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

MBSR classes for teens will be held this winter and spring in 6 week sessions.  Classes for 9th and 10th graders will be on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and classes for 11th and 12th graders will be on Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

To register for the free orientation session, or for more information about the program, please call the Department of Community Health at 201-291-6090.


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