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Stress reduction retreat slated for May 16

Take one day from your busy professional schedule to make peace and quiet your top priority. Learn to practice mindfulness meditation in a natural setting with colleagues who understand the stresses of your work world. Apply simple awareness techniques to daily activities such as sitting, walking and eating. Discuss strategies for integrating mindfulness into your daily routine, and develop a personalized plan for reaching your stress management goals. Mindfulness-based stress reduction is a program of mind-body exercise, which has been found to relieve a wide variety of physical and emotional symptoms related to stress.
Join MUSC psychiatric consultation liaison nurse Ramita Bonadonna, Ph.D., at the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction: Retreats for Health Care Professionals May 16 at the MUHA Warehouse Conference Center located at 230 Albemarle Road, Charleston.
The fee for MUSC employees and students is $25. Nurses and social workers may be eligible for continuing education hours.
The course will award 5.5 contact continuing education hours for nurses by the Center for Professional Development of MUHA and is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the South Carolina Nurses Association.
There will also be five contact continuing education hours for social workers by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners.
For additional information on the  May 16 course, call 782-5052.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction retreat May 16

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8:45 a.m.: Registration
9 a.m.: Introduction and overview
10 a.m.: Break
10:15 a.m.: Instruction and practice
11:45 a.m.: Lunch (vegetarian box lunch included in price)
12:45 a.m.: Instruction and practice
2 p.m.: Break
2:15 p.m.: Practice and commitment to personal plan
3:15 p.m. Conclusion and evaluation

Mail payment and form to: Emily Edwards, 302 Medical Park Drive, Suite 100, Walterboro, SC 29488
For information, call 782-5052.


Friday, May 2, 2008
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