October 18, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Includes tuition, course materials, parking and breakfast.


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This class fulfills a requirement for the Mindful Executive Certificate Program

About the Program

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In that response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Viktor Frankl
Psychologist, Author, Holocaust survivor

Viktor Frankl’s study of the resilience of the human spirit led him to this conclusion. In today’s 24/7, always connected workplace culture, it seems that this space has become a scarce commodity. However, mindfulness practice helps us remember that we have the choice and the capacity to find the space to choose our responses and still remain effective in both work and life.

Research has shown that practicing mindfulness improves personal health and wellbeing through stress reduction and an increased awareness of our personal habits and reactions. Studies have also shown that mindfulness training can help people increase focus and reduce mind-wandering, improve decision-making, improve relationships and more, all elements of a successful career.

This experiential workshop provides an introduction to the theory, the science and the practice of mindfulness. Participants will learn new skills needed to begin the process of bringing mindfulness into their lives and into their work. Our mindfulness programs are grounded in science and taught through practice, so that participants get a real sense of what it feels like to bring mindfulness to all of life’s activities. This then provides the foundation of experience to allow integration into the workday.

Through guided instruction in various mindfulness practices and group discussion, the latest scientific research and support for creating and sustaining your own practice, participants will leave with an understanding of the benefits of integrating mindfulness into their work and lives.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for those not in a management or leadership role, for the purpose of providing an introduction to the personal benefits of mindfulness practice. For emerging leaders, managers, and supervisors, we recommend Mindful Leadership.

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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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 is also the founder of The Institute for Mindful Works.

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.