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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at SBU

2020 Spring and Fall Schedule - Stony Brook University School of Nursing and  School of Social Welfare now offer 25 Continuing Education Units! 

MSBR photosPracticing mindfulness may improve your health and well-being!

The Stony Brook University Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is thrilled to collaborate with The Center for Mindful Living to offer the internationally renowned 8-week MBSR course on site to SBU employees, faculty, and students!

Research shows that individuals who regularly practice mindfulness have decreased anxiety and depression, improved cognitive function, improved immune system function, decreased blood pressure and migraine frequency,reduced systemic inflammation, and improved coping with pain and illness.

Research with physicians and other health care providers has shown improved coping with stress, decreased rates of burnout, improved communication with patients, and improved quality of life.

Body-Building for Your Brain

It's hard to believe that comething so easy can be so powerful.

"Mindfulness looks like you are not doing anything, but when we watch the brain in these studies, we see greater integration of function," says Dr. Dan Siegel, neuroscientist (UCLA School of Medicine) and author of the book The Mindful Brain. You can literally change your brain with mindfulness mediation!

Dr. Sara Lazar (Harvard School of Medicine) and her colleagues have shown that mindfulness meditation can improve brain function by increasing gray matter in brain areas associated with learning, memory, concentration emotion regulation and empathy.

mindfulness graphicThe MBSR course, developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, is considered the gold standard in mindfulness training. Through meditation practices and discussion, MBSR will help develop and strengthen your own innate ability to pay attention and meet experiences with greater understanding, equanimity and resilience.

People of all ages and walks of life have discovered the life-changing benefits of MBSR. In the US, over 30,000 people have completed MBSR with hundreds of medical centers, universities and businesses offering mindfulness training to employees, physicians, students, athletes and patients.

MBSR is for anyone ready to take a more active role in their own health and well-being.

Want to know more? Come to one of the free introductory sessions

At the free session you will meet the instructor(s), get a first-hand experience in mindfulness, and learn about current research so you can decide whether the 8-week course is right for you.

Stony Brook University School of Nursing and  School of Social Welfare offer 25 Continuing Educations Units for course completion.  Students  must register by the first class and sign in and out of each class. No partial credit will be given. 
Free Introductory Sessions

Wednseday, March 4, 5:00-6:15, SBS rm119

Friday, Feb. 14, 1-2:30 p.m., Hospital Lobby Conference Room 2 
Friday, Feb. 28, 4:30-6 p.m., Wang Center Chapel

Friday, Sept. 18, 1-2:30 p.m., Hospital Lobby Conference Room 2
Friday, Sept. 25, 4:30-6 p.m., West/Main Campus
(Location rooms TBA)

Sessions fill quickly and registration is required.

Register For an MBSR Orientation Now!

Register For the 8 Week MBSR Course Here

MSBR Course Dates

Spring: Fridays, 4-6:30 p.m., March 6 - May 1. Full day retreat April 18th.
Fall: Fridays, 4-6:30 p.m., Oct. 2- Nov. 20

Tuition: $450 ($400 early bird discount by 2/28/2020. 
Some scholarships and UUP reimbursements available, contact EAP for details.

MBSR Course Format

The course consists of 8 weekly 2 1/2 hour sessions and one 7-hour Saturday class. You will receive a manual, CDs, individualized instruction and home practice.


The course is offered by Gabrielle Chiaramonte, PhD, a clinical psychologist who received her doctorate at SBU and who has completed the highest level of training through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, where MSBR was developed.

Course Location  SBU - West Campus,  SBS                                          rm 119/121

 Access UUP Individual Development Award guidelines and application here.


The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training ( approved the Stony Brook Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course for full tuition reimbursement for eligible CSEA members. 

For more information on the free introductory session, contact Colleen Stanley, Lead EAP Coordinator, at 631-632-6085.

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