Mindfulness & Compassion Symposium September 2022

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This Symposium will be co-sponsored by 
The Sanford Institute & the Center for Mindfulness.

Symposium Recording Available ($29)

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Expanding the Reach of Mindfulness: Science, Practice, Community

A robust body of research supports benefits of mindfulness practices across multiple populations for a variety of conditions. Mindfulness training appears to play role in prevention, well-being, and optimal performance. Now there is a strong focus in the mindfulness field on adapting existing mindfulness-based interventions for special populations and conditions, as well as increasing access, diversity and inclusion with people of color and underrepresented teachers and students.

Join us for a day of science, clinical best practice recommendations, and new directions. 


September 24, 2022

9:00am-9:30am Registration and Check in
9:30am-12:30pm Morning Session
12:30-1:30pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30-4:30pm Afternoon Session


Cassi Vieten:
How Early? Results of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention in Pregnant Women and Their Children

Dr. Vieten will welcome you to the Mindfulness Symposium, give an overview of the activities of the Center for Mindfulness at UC San Diego, and share exciting results of a study investigating the impact of a mindfulness-based intervention on pregnant women and their children.

KEYNOTE - Rhonda Magee:
Deepening the Foundations for Equity and Renewal: Mindfulness and Compassion in the Work of Transforming Our Communities

In this Keynote presentation, Professor Rhonda Magee will draw on both interdisciplinary research and 20+ years of scholarship, teaching and practice to explain the benefits of integrating embodied mindfulness -- compassion-based mindfulness teachings and practices -- into the work of fostering equity and inclusion. Professor Magee will outline ways in which doing so promises not only to deepen inclusivity and equity, but also to enhance healing from trauma and promote personal and collective wellbeing. A short, interactive practice will be included.

  • Explore how mindfulness practices can support the wellbeing and flourishing in the face of social challenges 
  • Learn key barriers to compassion and how awareness and compassion practices assist dissolving them.

Sarah Bowen:
High Stress/High Trauma Populations: Mindfulness in Prisons and with Police

While inmates and police officers are positioned on opposite sides of the law, they share many challenges, including significant daily stressors, stigma, repeated exposure to traumatic incidents, and barriers to mental health care. This talk provides an overview of current clinical trials assessing mindfulness-based programs in these contexts, including adaptations and challenges unique to these populations. 

  • List stressors and/or health consequences that police officers and incarcerated individuals share.
  • Describe elements that are essential to retain when adapting MBIs for high stress/high trauma populations.
  • Provide examples of practices used in MBIs for police officers and incarcerated adults.

Joseph Glaser-Reich:
mPEAK Training in Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement agencies on a state and federal level have been increasing their efforts to be mindful and compassionate. mPEAK (Mindfulness, Performance Enhancement, Awareness and Knowledge) has now been delivered to over a thousand people from Border Patrol, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Secret Service, Coast Guard, and entire departments of local law enforcement. In this hope inspiring talk, mPEAK Certified Teacher & Research Coordinator, Joe Glaser-Reich will share stories and insights into this unique culture that is beginning to embrace mindfulness.

  • Articulate how mPEAK develops greater resilience, focus and flow.
  • Describe how mindfulness training is improving the performance and wellbeing of law enforcement agencies

Skylar Kelsven:
Application of Compassion Meditation in the Veteran Community

US military Veterans have unique perspectives and aspirations based on their service experiences. Compassion meditation focuses on cultivating connections with others through genuine care for their well-being. This talk will explore adaptations of CBCT (Cognitively Based Compassion Training) to align with Veteran culture and high base rate problems including posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and aging.

Lorraine Hobbs:
Raising Compassion: Youth & Family Programs to Support Families

  • Articulate the definition and value of compassion in parenting.
  • Describe self-compassion as an antidote to the rise in mental health issues among teens.

Lisette Atala, María Edhy Echavarría Félix, and Diana Bueno Gutiérrez:
MBSR Educational Intervention for Baja California State University, School of Medicine Students

Medical students confront significant psychological, psychosocial and academic stressor. The study examined the effectiveness of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction educational intervention.

  • Identify the effects of a mindfulness-based medical program on the mental health of students
  • Understand the need to integrate a subject based on mindfulness into the medical training curriculum
  • Explain the effects of training based on Mindfulness, from humanistic psychology, specifically, Gestalt therapy

Noriko Morita Harth & Wilda Wong:
MBSR Teacher Training/Certification Program for Diverse Community

There has been a consistent demographics in the MBSR participation. Who is missing in our classes? How do we reach those who are missing? Noriko will share what made UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness possible to offer the MBSR Teacher Training/Certification Program to Diverse Community. Wilda Wong, one of the scholarship recipients will share her experience of becoming an MBSR teacher.


The event will be located at the UC San Diego-Rady School of Management (Room 2S117).  Please use this google map to lead you to the building.  The building does not have a physical address.

The closest parking lot is north of the building.  The next closest parking is Pangea Parking Structure.

Please follow all parking payment directions needed to park. All parking is on your own.

Walking from the Pangea Parking Structure to the Rady School of Management Building is about a 5-10 minute walk.  Please follow these directions when walking.

Registration Fees

  In-person Streaming/
General Registration $129 $89
UC San Diego Employee $109 $69
UC San Diego Student $29 $29

Continuing Education Credit

Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 5.0 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 5.0 CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 6.0 contact hours.

Scholarships and Student Discounts

We have established a scholarship policy to avoid turning away anyone with a genuine interest and motivation to participate, if the cost is the only thing preventing them from participating. If you have a genuine financial need, please contact us (via email mindfulness@health.ucsd.edu) to inquire about receiving a special scholarship. We have limited number of scholarships available.

For UCSD student discounts, contact mindfulness@health.ucsd.edu for more information.

Covid-19 Vaccination Compliance

Symposium attendees who are attending in person are subject to UC San Diego requirements. You must comply with face covering policy and must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within the past 48 hours.

Please review the full COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance.

Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus $25 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing 14 days prior to the training. No refunds will be allowed after that date.

In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.


It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development, and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms: 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CE content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review.