Series Producer, “Border Wars”
National Geographic Channel
Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness has swept into the American mainstream in recent years, in part through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the profound physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness training, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model for first responders, corporate management, professional athletes and all levels of academia as well as in prisons, hospitals, veterans centers and beyond. Mindful Awareness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and wellbeing.
This workshop is based on the development of Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training (MBRT) techniques as taught at the first such program in the nation for a major police department, the Hillsboro, Oregon Police Department (HPD) with extraordinary results. In this workshop, the instructors will present a summary of the research from that program and screen a video with interviews from the veteran police officers who share their experiences with mindfulness training and its efficacy in helping them cope with the stressors of the job.
MBRT has great potential to support everyone working in the security field, including police officers, fire fighters, EMTs and other first responders. The Guardian Ethos that encompasses our collective warrior culture in the protection sector, and the values necessary to nurture and sustain the courage it takes to stand the watch, they are all enhanced with Mindfulness Training.
Mindfulness Coach and Border Wars TV Producer Nicholas Stein will join Police Psychologist David Derr of the Dallas Police Department to facilitate this special workshop. Together they will introduce and describe the ideas and techniques behind Mindfulness Training (MT) and what it means to cultivate the ability to maintain a moment-by-moment nonjudgmental awareness of our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations.