The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the late 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. It is an eight-week, evidence-based, highly experiential course that is currently offered at more than 250 hospitals, universities, and clinical settings in the United States and around the world and has been featured recently in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and 60 Minutes.
MBSR's primary aim is to develop skills that can be flexibly applied in everyday life to stress, pain, and illness. Through experiential learning and discussion during class, as well as through daily mindfulness practice at home, participants learn and refine a range of self-regulatory skills that involve finely tuned attention to thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.
The MBSR Program Involves:
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, up to two-thirds of all office visits to family doctors are for stress-related symptoms. Depression and anxiety disorders are associated with chronic illness and chronic pain and should be addressed as part of the overall management of health problems. MBSR may help reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress as well as the need for clinical services.
Mindfulness meditation has been researched in conjunction with:
MBSR courses are typically offered in the winter/early spring, summer, and fall.
Dates are TBA,but expected to be mid-September. We hope to offer an in-person course. However, should COVID-10 restrictions be in place through late summer/ early fall, we will hold an Online MBSR course. The weekly MBSR sessions are 6:30-9pm (first and last classes are 6:30-9:30pm). The MBSR courses include an all-day session, which is typically scheduled after class 6 (near the end of October, most likely) on a Saturday or Sunday, 9:30-4:30.
Attendance at an orientation session is required for MBSR course registration.
Orientations are free of charge and held from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Integrative Medicine (or online if in-person is not authorized). Orientation attendance can be applied to registration in any future MBSR course at the Center for Integrative Medicine.
More Orientation dates will be added (consult this page for updates, or check the registration link below)
Continuing education (CEU) credits (up to 20 Credits or 2.0 General CEUs) will be offered for nurses, psychologists, social workers, and licensed counselors through UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.
Orientation Sessions and MBSR Courses are led by Barbara Ivanko, LCSW, Carol M. Greco, PhD. and/or Kelly Beck, PhD.
Barbara has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for more than 20 years, and has been teaching MBSR since 2012. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University in 1994 and has a post-graduate certificate in East/West Psychology.
Dr. Greco has practiced meditation for 24 years and is certified as an MBSR teacher by the UMass Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. She has taught MBSR courses at the Center for Integrative Medicine at UPMC Shadyside since 2005.
Kelly Beck, PhD, has practiced meditation for 10 years and is a qualified MBSR teacher who has completed all teacher-trainings at the UMass Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. She has taught MBSR courses at the Center for Integrative Medicine since 2017.
UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine
580 S. Aiken Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
For general information or to schedule an appointment, call 412-623-3023.