Margaret has extensive experience consulting on mindfulness-based curricula for research projects and enjoys collaborating with colleagues to fine tune existing programs or create new interventions. She can also customize mindfulness-based interventions for virtually any setting. A dynamic and experienced speaker, she offers talks and workshops on mindfulness, stress, emotion, compassion and forgiveness (see list). Margaret can also teach and adapt the following programs for your setting.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION
This 8-week course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, also includes one daylong retreat. Classes are usually 2.5 hours and consist of various formal practices (mindful movement, sitting meditation and body scan), discussion, and in-class exercises exploring the application of mindfulness in day-to-day life.These classes are appropriate for anyone with an interest in learning mindfulness. In addition to being one of the first ten people to be certified as an MBSR instructor, Margaret has been the fortunate beneficiary of extensive mentoring from Jon Kabat-Zinn.
MINDFULNESS-BASED EMOTIONAL BALANCE
This program, developed by Margaret Cullen, incorporates emotion regulation skills and “heart” practices (such as forgiveness, compassion and kindness) into the MBSR curriculum and has been specifically adapted for educators (SMART in Education). MBEB is currently being adapted for military families and can easily be tailored to cohort specific groups such as lawyers, executives, nurses, physicians, etc. Video: Four K-12 teachers describe their experience taking Mindfulness Based Emotional Balance for Educators in this six minute clip.
COMPASSION CULTIVATION TRAINING
The Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is a nine-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. The CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Margaret contributed to the CCT curriculum and is a senior teacher with the Center For Compassion (CCARE) at Stanford University.
Video: Margaret gives a brief overview of CCT
More information on CCARE and CCT
MINDFULNESS-BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY
This program, developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasedale, is based on MBSR and includes components from cognitive therapy specifically designed to help prevent recurrence for those who have experienced major depression. Margaret trained in MBCT with Zindel Segal in 2007.