March 29, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Includes tuition, course materials, parking and breakfast.

BBS: Course meets the qualifications for 7.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness Provider Number PCE5606)


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Maps & Directions

This class fulfills a requirement for the Mindful Executive Certificate Program

Mindfulness In the News

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity, Harvard Business Journal March 2014

About the Program

This experiential class in mindfulness addresses the stress and pressures that work and life have on our minds, bodies and performance, and how to turn around the negative impact they have on our leadership capabilities, company culture and ultimately business results. Business leaders who attend will actively participate in a variety of mindfulness practices and discussions about ways that mindfulness can play an important role in strategic thinking, leading employees and influencing company culture.


  • Experiencing mindfulness practice.
  • Discussion: Problems in the workplace, exploring the issues together.
  • Understanding mindfulness. What are the benefits for the executive? For the company?
  • Performance under pressure.
  • Stress and its impact on self and business.
  • Mindfulness and compassion in business relationships.
  • Experiential components include: seated and walking meditations, mindful eating, mindful movement, mindful communication, mindful awareness and focus.
  • Didactic exercises include: shifting perceptions, responding vs. reacting, awareness vs. auto pilot, cultivating a non-judgmental attitude, the distracted brain.
  • Discussion: Bringing mindfulness into the workplace and integration into company culture.
  • Maintaining the practice. Next steps.


Mindful leadership in daily business and personal life can inspire:

  • Increased awareness of business issues - before they become a problem
  • Improved focus and thinking - leading to high level strategic planning
  • Decrease in stress and stress related illness – reducing absenteeism and lowering health care plan costs
  • Improved business relationships - through compassion for self and others
  • Shift in perception and action – finding a more constructive approach that sets the stage for a positive change in company culture

Who Should Attend

While the primary audience for this workshop is leaders in business, professionals in the field of mental health and executive coaching can also derive great benefit from the training. Therapists working from a mindfulness and acceptance framework with interpersonal, relationship and professional issues in their clients will find that this program prepares them to translate these practices into a business context.

About the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

The WorkLife Integration Program (WIP) at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness is dedicated to delivering outstanding customized mindfulness resources that have a positive impact on business, individuals, and culture while integrating personal health and well-being with business success.

The Center for Mindfulness is a program within the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Psychiatry. The foundation of our work lies in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. The profound effects of this work are strongly supported by a large body of scientific research, some of which will be shared during this workshop.

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Steven D. Hickman, Psy.D.
Executive Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Dr. Steven Hickman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has a joint appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Departments of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Hickman is the Founder and Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. Since founding the Center in 2000, he has taught over 40 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, as well as adapting the program for nurses, medical students and other professional and clinical populations. The Center for Mindfulness has also become a global leader in providing professional training in the burgeoning field of mindfulness-based interventions for professionals of all sorts. Dr. Hickman is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine. He is married and has three teenage children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he preaches.

Christy Cassisa, JD
Director, WorkLife Integration Programs

Christy’s career—which has traversed science, education, and the law—allows her to apply her unique background to her passion of helping people lead happier and more productive lives. As one of the founders and now the Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness WorkLife Integration Programs, she has been deeply involved in the effort to bring mindfulness to workplaces of all kinds. She has developed and taught numerous mindfulness-based programs and workshops for law schools, international corporations and attorneys, including Mindful Leadership, Introduction to Mindfulness for the Workplace and Brain Fitness for Lawyers. She is an MBSR teacher with the Center and she is also Principal Consultant with Donocle, a legal consulting company.

Prior to joining UCSD, Christy worked for 9 years at an international corporation in account management where she honed her skills in client presentations and relationship building. Christy graduated with a JD from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Law and a BS in Life Sciences from Missouri Science & Technology, is certified to administer both the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® and the EQ-I 2.0, and is also trained as a professional coach.