June 16th and17th 2017
University of Warwick
Dr Craig Hassed | Prof. Ronald Epstein
In association with Leicester Medical School and the University of Buckingham Medical School, we are pleased to announce a 2-day conference to be held at Scarman Conference Centre here at the Univeristy of Warwick. This conference aims to explore methods of embedding and teaching mindfulness in higher and professional education settings, with a particular (but not sole) focus upon medical education. Keynote presentations and accompanying speeches, workshops and posters will cover a wide range of programmes, disciplines and experiences.
The conference is particularly focussed upon research and experience of designing, implementing and evaluating mindfulness courses and interventions. As such, there will be many opportunities to engage with the practical issues relating to these via the workshops and panel discussions. The conference is therefore suitable for a wide range of audiences and interested parties from the higher education and professional education fields. It may be of particular interest to:
- Teachers of mindfulness in Higher Education
- Teachers, lecturers and leaders of programmes, courses and/or modules in which mindfulness may feature
- Those who work in the areas of teacher-training, social work training, management, law and lifelong learning
- Healthcare professionals who are interested in applying mindfulness to their setting
- Trainers of healthcare professionals
- Wellbeing, couselling and student experience professionals
- Those who provide staff, student or professional-focussed services (e.g. library services, doctoral training, etc.)
- Researchers of mindfulness (particularly pedagogical aspects)
For more information about the conference please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to present your research or experiences of embedding or teaching mindfulness please email MindConf2017@warwick.ac.uk. You will then be sent an abstract form to complete and may be invited to present orally.
There will be a variety of booking options for the conference, including packages for 1 or 2 days and options for accommodation and an evening meal.
Please note: There are a limited number of student concessionary places available.
To book your place on the conference please click the link below.
Friday 16th June 2017
|09:15||Registration and refreshments|
|10:00||Opening address: Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick.|
Keynote: Dr Craig Hassed, Monash University, Australia.
Mindfulness in Higher Education: The Four F’s.
How the curriculum can be shaped for medical, allied health professional, pharmacy, IT, economics, MBA , law and other students, by being ‘Flexible with the Form but Faithful to the Philosophy’.
|11:05||Refreshments and posters|
|11:35||Delegates’ papers: Mindfulness in Higher Education|
|14:15||Discipline specific workshops|
|15:15||Questions from Workshops to Panel (Craig Hassed, Anthony Seldon, Ron Epstein, Katherine Weare, Alvaro Guerra)|
|16:00||Refreshments and posters|
Keynote: Professor Ron Epstein, Rochester University, USA.
Imagining Mindful Healthcare: Patients, Practitioners and Systems.
It is clear that mindfulness-based interventions improve wellbeing. Yet, the possibility that mindful practice can influence the entire healthcare enterprise is only now being explored rigorously. Preliminary evidence shows improvements in empathy, patient-centered attitudes and communication, and there are now compelling arguments for effects on patient safety, implicit bias, team functioning, medical errors, and clinical decision-making. Ron will discuss what it means to be mindful at work, and propose a broad array of practices - individual and organizational - that can promote mindfulness, and address what contributes to community, institutional and systemic mindfulness.
|17:20||Closing remarks: Prof Richard Holland, Head (Designate) of Leicester Medical School, and Professor of Public Health|
|20:30||Performance of 'The Mindful Bard', authored by Craig Hassed|
Saturday 17th June 2017
|09:00||Opening address by Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham|
Keynote: Professor Katherine Weare, Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton, Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter.
Mindfulness is a path not just a tool.
Mindfulness is often presented as a set of skills with useful ‘outcomes’ such as improvements in aspects of physical and mental health, a reduction of stress and absenteeism in the workplace, improved student focus, academic learning and so on. These are all very real and very welcome, but do not capture the deeper transformative power of the study and practice of mindfulness and contemplative studies for higher education. Drawing on the work in which she has been involved which has explored the profound impact of the teachings and practices of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh on those who work in schools and universities across the world (documented in her new book, written jointly with Thich Nhat Hanh, ‘Happy Teachers Change the World: Cultivating Mindfulness in Education), Katherine will argue - and illustrate with examples from practising academics - that mindfulness is essentially a path of human transformation, a way of living our lives more fully and authentically, connecting more deeply with ourselves, with others and with our world, and with the potential to inform and transform the mission, processes and values of higher education.
|10:00||Refreshments and posters|
Keynote: Professor Alvaro Guerra, Vice-Chancellor, Albert Einstein University, Mexico.
Introducing mindfulness across a university.
|14:45||Concluding reflections by main speakers (Craig Hassed, Ron Epstein, Katherine Weare and Alvaro Guerra)|
|16:00||Audience and panel discussion (Craig Hassed, Anthony Seldon, Ron Epstein, Katherine Weare, Alvaro Guerra)|
|16:50||Closing remarks: Professor Lesley Roberts, Vice Dean, Warwick Medical School|
Dr Craig Hassed is a GP and an Assistant Professor at Monash University in Melbourne Australia, who has been teaching mindfulness to GPs for over 20 years and to medical students for approximately 14 years. Monash University has adopted his mindfulness-based ‘Health Enhancement Program’ across its campus faculties, and almost all schools (primary to secondary) in the Melbourne region now introduce their students to mindfulness. Dr Hassed has advised Medical Schools across the world, including N. America (Harvard, McGill and Toronto) and the UK (Leicester) on the introduction of mindfulness to their curricula, and has also advised schools and a variety of community groups. Craig discovered mindfulness intuitively as a questioning first year medical student, but came to understand its extensive, long-standing roots in the world’s wisdom traditions in his subsequent reading. He is well versed in the scientific evidence base for the efficacy of mindfulness and speaks about this in a straightforward and arresting way. He is widely read and believes that mindfulness could be taught using Shakespeare quotes alone! We look forward to a production of his play, ‘The Mindful Bard’ on the Friday evening. One of his major skills is his modelling of mindfulness teaching and post-mindfulness inquiry/debrief; this is rooted in his own mindfulness practice, his decades of teaching experience, and results in his insightful, respectful, gentle, non-directive, approach.
Professor Ron Epstein is a family physician, teacher, researcher and writer who has devoted his career to understanding and improving patient-physician communication, quality of care and clinician resilience. He has done groundbreaking research, funded by the NIH, AHRQ, PCORI and several major foundations, into how to improve communication in medical settings when it matters the most – when facing serious or terminal illness and when uncertainty prevails – to promote patient involvement in care, improve communication with patients whose symptoms defy explanation, help patients understand prognosis in serious illness and achieve shared mind when faced with difficult decisions. Through innovative programs that promote mindfulness, communication and self-awareness, he has helped a generation of physicians to practice more attentively, develop stronger relationships with patients, approach difficult decisions more mindfully and develop inner strength and resilience to combat burnout and be more present when patients need it the most. Ron directs the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and co-directs the Deans Teaching Fellowship program and Mindful Practice Programs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine (Palliative Care). A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Medical School, Prof Epstein is recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards relating to communication and humanism, a Fulbright scholarship at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona and visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Brocher Institute in Geneva. He has published over 250 articles and book chapters. He enjoys bicycling, cross-country skiing, cooking and playing the harpsichord. His first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity, was released in January 2017.
Professor Katherine Weare, Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton, Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter and freelance consultant with international networks, is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner and trained in mindfulness teaching at Exeter. She is known internationally for expertise in evidence-based practice and for a lifetime’s experience of developing work on wellbeing, social and emotional learning, mindfulness and compassion in young people’s educational arenas. She first became aware of the power of mindfulness when directed to the Breathworks programme to cope with the debilitating effects of complex regional pain syndrome. The acceptance of the condition and the profound reduction in pain she experienced led her to make the connection between the mindfulness she had learnt and her research on wellbeing and social and emotional learning. She has published widely, lead influential research projects, reviewed the evidence base on ‘what works’, advised policy makers and programmes, appeared on the media and developed practical strategies for schools, universities, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and parenting. She has said that “mindfulness is the WD40 of education – it unsticks things”. She recently contributed key evidence to ‘the Mindful Nation UK’ report and was listed as one of ‘the world’s top 40 teachers of mindfulness and meditation’ by the online Mindfulness Summit. Her most recent book, ‘Happy Teachers Change the World: a guide to cultivating mindfulness in education’, co-written with Thich Nhat Hanh, is a guide to the teaching and core practices of the Plum Village tradition, with examples from practising teachers in schools and universities, which stresses the undergirding, primary importance of the educator’s own mindfulness practice and the ability of mindfulness to transform our relationship with ourselves, our students, and our work. Amidst much else, Katherine teaches mindfulness to parents of adoptive children, and has three adopted children of her own. Interestingly she advises parents of teenages (adopted or otherwise) not to try to teach them mindfulness themselves!
Professor Alvaro Guerra, is Chancellor of the Albert Einstein University, Mexico, a university that was created with a humanistic approach, and whose main objective is to assist in the education of society towards a Peace Culture. Its educational model works towards peace through the teaching of values and human development. The Albert Einstein University is one of the leading Latin American universities for mindfulness in higher education. In 2015 a pilot programme for medical consultants in patient centred care was undertaken. At present the university is developing mindfulness across the whole university as an ongoing project.
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, is a leading authority on contemporary British history and education and. He is the author or editor of over 40 books on contemporary history, politics and education and is honorary historical advisor to Downing Street. He was knighted in the Queen's 2014 Birthday Honours list for services to education and modern political history. He founded the Sunday Times (now Telegraph) Festival of Education and most recently the Festival of Higher Education, and is widely known for introducing and promoting happiness, wellbeing and mindfulness across education. Sir Anthony is a co-founder of Action for Happiness (http://www.actionforhappiness.org/) with Richard Layard (Baron Layard) and Geoff Mulgan.
Professor Richard Holland has recently moved from UEA Medical School to be the Head of Leicester Medical School (designate) relishing the opportunities the new post and the new course (including its core mindfulness teaching) bring. He is a Public Health doctor and Health Services Researcher who has always loved teaching, playing an active role in the early days of UEA’s new medical course as one of its first PBL tutors. He helped to develop its highly integrated curriculum, becoming Course Director in 2008 and Deputy Head of School in 2012. Richard helped to navigate a period of student growth, whilst improving standards and successfully re-designing the final years of the course. By 2016 UEA graduates were reporting that they were some of the best prepared in the country, with very high levels of student satisfaction. Alongside his undergraduate role, Prof Holland chairs the Part A exam for the Faculty of Public Health and has trained many academic public health trainees at all levels.