Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

An Expertise Series For Staff Working In Veterinary Practices

1st February 2017 - 22nd March 2017, Every Wednesday 8:00pm - 9:00pm

We are offering a single ticket at just £40 + VAT, or you can purchase a practice ticket for up to 10 team members for just £200 + VAT

This Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Expertise Series teaches, via a well-practised webinar platform. Practical skills of noticing, mindful movement and meditation that can help with physical and psychological health problems as well as ongoing life challenges. It is taught in an entirely secular way and has no religious context or content at all. It is designed to systematically develop mindfulness skills.  

This Series is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn from the Centre for Mindfulness Medicine and Research at the University of Massachusetts.  

“Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience from moment to moment.” It may arise informally in everyday life but it can be strengthened by formal and regular practice. Mindfulness is an approach to life based on the understanding that "The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive - to know anything - to perceive - to learn - to act - to change - to heal" (Kabat-Zinn 1990). Both scientific research and reports from other course participants indicate a wealth of physical and psychological benefits. 

The classes are weekly, are experiential in nature and include guided practice, exercises, shared enquiry and some teaching. 

Participants will learn to develop mindfulness through ‘formal’ mindfulness meditation practices, including a body scan meditation, various sitting meditations, gentle movement and body awareness exercises. There are also ‘informal’ practices - bringing mindful attention to ordinary, everyday experiences like brushing your teeth or eating a mouthful of food. 


1st FEBRUARY 2017 - 22nd MARCH 2017

Every Wednesday 8.00pm - 9.00pm

  • SESSION ONE: Beginners mind and the automatic pilot
  • SESSION TWO: Over-coming obstacles and awareness of the breath
  • SESSION THREE: Staying present, mindfulness in daily Life
  • SESSION FOUR: Staying with what is difficult
  • SESSION FIVE: Working with thoughts & emotions
  • SESSION SIX: Nourishing the self
  • SESSION SEVEN: Taking good care of myself?
  • SESSION EIGHT: Ending, letting go and the rest of your life



Dr Mike Scanlan works as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant and was responsible for setting up and designing the clinical model for the successful and award winning ‘Changing Minds’ Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service. 

Mike is trained to use, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Response prevention (EMDR) and Compassionate Focussed Therapy approaches. He led a project supported by the Department of Health to illustrate how telehealth principles can be utilised to deliver IAPT group therapy via webinar to people with mental health problems with co morbid long-term conditions. 

More recently he has been working with a number of CCG’s to introduce a Perinatal Emotional Health Check aimed at improving the wellbeing of women and their partners. In September Mike was the key note speaker at the Jersey Prescribing Conference where he shared his thoughts and work on mindful prescribing. 

Mike is the author of the widely used and well respected CBT guided self-help series of books entitled 'Moving Forward'. These books blend theories of bibliotherapy with CBT principles. The books are used in a number of IAPT services across the UK.