What you'll learn

  • Define the body’s response to stress, known as allostasis and allostatic load, and the role it plays in the development or exacerbation of medical conditions. 

  • Recognize how modifiable lifestyle behaviors synchronized to circadian rhythm builds resiliency. 

  • Enrich patient-provider relationship to affect patient outcomes. 

  • Develop skills in a variety of meditation methods that elicit the relaxation response. 

  • Utilize tools to prevent provider burnout and its consequences. 

  • Identify the biological effects of the stress response and, in contrast, the relaxation response on brain and body. 

Course description

Throughout the 8-week group program, participants build resilience through a variety of mind body principles and self-care interventions, leading to reduced medical symptoms, and enhanced quality of life.  This research-proven program helps participants: 

  • Understand the connection between stress and physical or emotional problems. 
  •  Learn a variety of techniques to elicit the relaxation response, the body’s innate stress buffer. 
  • Experience the central role social support and connection to something greater than oneself plays in well-being. 
  • Practice cognitive skills that will diminish negative thought habits. 
  •  Appreciate the role of positive thoughts and beliefs. 
  • Learn the importance of healthy eating, restorative sleep, and physical activity. 

Successful completion of this course may be applied toward certification in the delivery of the SMART program for those who wish to deliver it to their patients.

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