Professional Development in Mindfulness:
Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education and Research
Emily Eresuma, Librarian
Primary Children’s Medical Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
Breathe in, breathe out…breathe in, breathe out…where do you feel your breath the most? Through your nose, in your chest, or when your abdomen expands? Did you know when you practice yoga that is a form of practicing mindfulness? Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present, without judgment or distraction.
I was very excited to be a recipient of the Professional Development Award from the NN/LM Mid-continental Region! The professional conference I attended, “Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth,” was in the perfect setting, near the ocean in San Diego. I learned not only about mindful awareness for children but also for myself. The mission for the hospital I work in, Primary Children’s Medical Center, is “The Child First and Always.” Integrated medicine is an integral part of achieving this for our patients. In the last year our hospital hired a physician, whose focus is integrated medicine. She has worked to improve the inpatient process as well as started an outpatient referral clinic with the focus of whole medicine. As a librarian, I have built a collection of integrated medical resources for both clinicians and families of the pediatric patients. I have also been asked to be an information consultant for a new interdisciplinary bereavement group. As an information professional, I serve on the pediatric grand rounds committee which develops and presents weekly CME education for hospital staff and community clinicians. Within all of these areas, mindful awareness for the pediatric patient is studied and implemented. Attending this inaugural conference allowed me to gain knowledge in this exciting area that is a new trend in western medicine. I attended amazing presentations and met presenters that could be potential speakers at our pediatric grand rounds program as well.
The experts that came together had the whole range of ages covered. I would invite you to explore Susan Kaiser-Greenland’s web site, http://www.susankaisergreenland.com/ . Her focus is younger children and she has developed many great strategies for children to practice mindfulness. She developed the Inner Kids Program with her husband, which brought mindful awareness to under-served schools and neighborhood schools in Los Angeles from 2000-2009. For the teenage group, visit www.stressedteens.com , a program designed and implemented by the conference co-organizer, Gina Biegel.
Rick Hanson, PhD., is another expert and was the keynote speaker of the conference. He is a neuropsychologist and has a lot of information and resources on his web site for happiness, love, and wisdom, www.rickhanson.net. Dr Hanson’s focus is the evolution of the brain and understanding how all the parts of the brain can work together for personal well-being.
If you’re interested in the science of mindfulness, I recommend Dr. Amishi P. Jha’s web site, www.amishi.com. She has published many scientific papers on the study of attention and working memory. Most of her papers are available full-text on her web site under her publications link.
The last resource I would like to introduce is the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness, http://cme.ucsd.edu/mindfulness/index.html. For a plethora of mindfulness resources check out the Center for Mindfulness blog, http://ucsdcfm.wordpress.com/. Make sure to scroll down and view the entire list of expert’s web sites and resource links.
And remember to breathe.