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From The CriticsReviewer:This helpful book is easy to read and practical, with the authors providing specific suggestions and scripts along with case vignettes and examples. The use of mindfulness is very popular and clients can benefit greatly. But the authors make it clear that it is not just something to teach; it is a way of being. The passion for this art is clearly communicated in this book, which really is its strength.
Purpose:This book describes the basic skills of mindfulness for professionals who wish to give their clients another skill to address their problems. Mindfulness is rooted in both Eastern and Western cultures but has become more popular in the past 20 to 30 years due to research and the importance of demonstrating effectiveness, i.e. evidence-based practice.
Audience:It is intended as a "practical guide to help established teachers and those with a new or growing interest in mindfulness to develop and enhance the personal authenticity and practical know-how that make teaching mindfulness a highly rewarding and effective way of working with others."
Features:According to the authors, the book is "most accessible to clinicians, such as physicians, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and others, as well as to clergy and educators."
Assessment:The authors point out that mindfulness is not just a set of techniques to solve problems; it is a way of being and thinking. They have tried to remain faithful to the MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) foundation within a secular framework. The first part is an introduction and reveals the growing demand, with testimony from practitioners about how they were introduced to mindfulness and how it has impacted their careers. The authors go to great lengths to define mindfulness, from both eastern and western points of view. Part II describes the characteristics of the teacher, i.e. authenticity and authority — who I am and what I know. The specific skills common to teachers are stewardship, homiletics, guidance, and inquiry. Part III focuses on how to teach mindfulness using a curriculum and creating fulfilling experiences for clients. The book ends with specific scripts for the core practices of MBSR. The appendix contains wonderful resources such as books, research articles, audiovisual CDs, and professional training programs.