Dr. Sears is collaborating with Alliance Integrative Medicine to do mindful stress reduction groups (based on MBSR and MBCT) at their location in Kenwood — 6400 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. The Fall 2017 group will start with a free intro lecture on Monday, Septemeber 11th at 6:00pm, and the group will be held on Monday evenings from 6p-7:30p, from September 18th November 13th (No class on October 9th due to Columbus Day holiday). Download the Fall 2017 Mindfulness Flyer here.
For more information, or to register, call 513-791-5521. Introductory lectures are free and open to the public, with no obligation. Those signed up for the course are also encouraged to attend the introduction to learn the background material.
ONLINE MINDFULNESS GROUPS. *Coming soon* – Dr. Sears will be offering an 8-week mindfulness program (MBCT/MBSR) online. Enter your email at the bottom of this page to be added to our mailing list, and we will send out the dates and times when new groups become available.
Download free mindfulness recordings by Richard Sears (click to listen, or right-click to save):
Watch a 20-minute video of Dr. Sears describing mindfulness and stress reduction:
Listen to an interview with Live Happy Magazine about mindfulness:
Live Happy Now Interview
Listen to a one hour radio interview about mindfulness with Whole Living Journal’s Tara Robinson: Mindfulness interview on WAIF FM 88.3
Watch a one hour presentation given by Dr. Sears to the Cincinnati Bar Association: The Mindful Attorney: Reducing Stress and Enhancing Your Work
What is mindfulness training, and what can it do for me?
Mindfulness involves learning to pay attention to and wisely work with our thoughts, bodily sensations, and emotions. The practice is learned through simple meditation exercises, through which you eventually come to bring a richer awareness and presence into your daily life. This reduces ruminating thoughts, helping to prevent stress, anxiety, and relapses of depression.
The training groups are modeled after the evidence-based practices of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Zindel Segal and colleagues’ Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The group consists of education, discussion, practice of mindfulness meditation, light stretching exercises, and homework assignments.
“The MBCT group has significantly increased my awareness of my thoughts, my emotions, and my body. I am better able to be fully present through both joyous and distressing times.” – Past participant in Dr. Sears’ mindfulness group.
The specific themes addressed in the program are:
Over the eight weeks of the program, the practices help you:
Who can participate?
Anyone with a desire to reduce stress, or to prevent relapses of depression and anxiety, is welcome to inquire. A commitment to attend all 8 sessions, and to do 45 minutes of practice per day, is required.
Health care and business professionals are also invited to learn these skills to be more effective in their daily work, and to help facilitate work-life balance.
I’m a mental health professional. Can I receive Continuing Education Credits?
Continuing education requirements vary depending upon your state board’s requirements. Dr. Sears can provide you with an outline of the course content and a certificate of completion, which you may be able to submit to your state board for review.
Who is the facilitator?
Dr. Richard Sears is a board-certified clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Ohio. He is in private practice in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, and Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation. For more information about Dr. Sears, click here.
Where are you located?
The groups are held at the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine, 6400 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, as well as at UC Center for Integative Health and Wellness, 7675 Wellness Way, 4th Floor,West Chester, Ohio 45069.
Can I learn the material privately?
If you cannot make the group times, or prefer to work with Dr. Sears individually, contact Dr. Sears to discuss an individualized program.
For more information:
For questions about the program, send an email to Dr. Sears at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-899-MIND (6463). To register for the 8-week course, call the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine (Kenwood) at 513-791-5521, or UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness (West Chester), 513-791-5521.
Links for more information about the program content: