Implicit mindfulness: Bringing Mindfulness Concepts to Pre-Contemplative Patients with Laura Warren, MD
This presentation will discuss techniques for bringing mindfulness concepts implicitly to encounters with patients who, for a variety of reasons (cultural, religious, etc), have a more difficult time engaging with mindfulness when it is explicitly discussed, for which the term “pre-contemplative” is applied.
Join us in person (The Arlington Center, Arlington, MA) or online (via Zoom) as we discuss ways to incorporate language and concepts clinically that implicitly reflect core mindfulness principles while also respecting patients’ unique identity and values. We will also discuss using implicit mindfulness to frame shared goals with patients with regard to their overall physical and mental health.
Participants will learn to:
1. Identify “pre-contemplative” patients who might benefit from implicit mindfulness
2. Integrate specific language/concepts that reflect implicit mindfulness concepts
3. Apply implicit mindfulness to clinical settings when appropriate
Laura Warren, M.D. is an outpatient psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), and works in primary care as well as specialty mental health. She was first trained in MBSR in 2007, and completed the IMP Meditation and Psychotherapy Certificate Program in 2009, and since then has been incorporating mindfulness into her clinical practice. She has been involved with the Center For Mindfulness and Compassion at CHA since its inception. Currently she is teaching as part of the MINDFUL-PC program, which seeks to bringing mindfulness groups to primary care, and she has been involved in bringing mindfulness to psychiatry residency training. She recently joined the board of IMP, and is interested in using mindfulness to help patients and providers manage stress, and to reduce burnout among healthcare professionals.