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Center for Integrative Health and Wellness

Mind-body Skills Training

The UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness specializes in mindfulness programs include mind-body skills training for students and faculty. Mind-body techniques are effective for improving stress, anxiety, depression and well-being across a wide range of populations (e.g., Saunders et al., 2007; Shapiro et al., 1998). Mind-body skills training includes:

  • Meditation/Mindfulness
  • Biofeedback
  • Guided imagery

Student Mind-Body Course

The UC Student Mind-Body Course aims to reduce stress and burnout and enhance mental and emotional well-being for students through mind-body skills training. Students learn adaptive stress management and practice evidence-based, mind-body techniques that emphasize healing, self care, awareness, and work-life balance.

Mind-Body Skills Program Video

Courses meet for 9 weeks, with groups available on a variety of days/times. Spring 2020 offerings include:

  • Mondays 1-3 PM (1/27-3/30)
  • Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 PM (1/28-4/7)
  • Thursdays 3-5 PM (1/30-4/9)


Contact for additional information.

Course Specifics

  • 9-Week Session
  • Weekly 2-hour Meetings
  • Led by 2 trained faculty co-facilitators
  • Currently available for students in colleges of Medicine, Allied Health, Pharmacy, Nursing, CCM, DAAP, and Law.

For questions or more information, email Susie McDonald.

Student Mind-Body Course Sample Syllabus

Testimonials from Student Participants

“Take this workshop. If you do one thing with your time take this workshop. You owe it to yourself and all the people you care about in your life. Some of things you learn in this course may not be your thing, but I guarantee you some of things you learn will be things that stick with you for the rest of your life. It will change the way you think about and approach stressful situations, I would be very surprised if at the end of it, you weren't a happier, more laid back person.”

“I would highly recommend this course! The mindfulness techniques that I learned in this course have changed how I view myself and my coursework. I feel empowered to face the challenges that lie ahead.”

“Do it.  Put all preconceived notions, skepticism, and worry aside and do it.  You'll see a side of medical students you may not have known was there.  You'll gain a sense of community and place that you won't even know you needed.  It is wonderful.”

Faculty Facilitator Mind-Body Skills Off-site Training Retreats

Adapted from a program implemented via the Institute for Integrative Health, Educating for Enhanced Self-Awareness and Self-Care: An Experiential Training in Mind-Body Medicine, faculty from UC are trained in mind-body skills by internationally-recognized experts to be able to lead student courses at their home institution.

During the immersive three-day retreat, participants practice mind-body approaches, such as meditation, journaling, biofeedback and yoga to realize the benefits (manage stress, foster well-being, among others) through personal experience. Lectures ground the practices in neuroscience and physiology, while experiential sessions demonstrate how to lead mind-body skills groups. Faculty leave with the necessary training, tools, materials, and strategic thinking to help them implement student courses.

Following the retreat, the Mind-Body Skills Program Coordinator supports faculty by aiding in student course scheduling, providing course materials and supplies, and convening monthly faculty connection meetings.

Training Specifics

  • 3-day off-site retreat
  • Open to 10 trainees per retreat
  • Open to faculty/staff from all colleges across UC
  • 2 retreats planned per year

Participate or Learn More

If you are interested in participating, please email Susie McDonald or visit our registration site.

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