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VIN CE Course ALTM300-1013: Brilliant Sanity - How Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Make You More Effective and Happier

Enrollment is closed.

SPEAKER: Michelle Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
COURSE OPEN: October 17, 2012
INTERACTIVE SESSIONS: October 24-December 22,2013
MEDITATION SESSIONS: Thursdays and Sundays 9:00-10:00 PM ET (USA) starting October 24th
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We recommended that participants attend at least one session each week, although it is possible to attend several. Participants are encouraged to continue meeting online for the meditation sessions after completion of the interactive sessions, although this is not a requirement for participation.

This is not being offered as a true CE course. This is essentially a reoccurring rounds in an expanded form. It will have a dedicated library and message boards, but HAS NOT been submitted for RACE approval and participants WILL NOT receive CE credit.

For additional information on the origin of this series, please visit Dr. Gaspar's rounds:

Mindfulness meditation is a secular contemplative practice that has been shown to decrease stress, increase empathy, reduce burnout among health care professionals and contribute to a greater sense of well-being. While mindfulness is not a substitute for therapy, it has been used as adjunctive treatment for both depression and anxiety.

These sessions are designed to introduce mindfulness meditation to the participants and support the individual's personal practice through on-line meetings with like-minded professionals.

There will be eight (8) interactive one-hour sessions that will include didactic information about mindfulness, a 20-30 minute practice time and a question/answer session afterwards. Participants will also need to view the pre-recorded lecture in the library prior to attending a meditation session that week.

Ideally, participants should anticipate developing a personal meditation practice of 20-30 minutes most days. This personal practice is critical.

*The speaker for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.

Upon completion of the interactive sessions, the participant should be able to Materials: These will be available in the course library prior to each Meditation Session. Headphones will be helpful to time meditation sessions, although audio will be limited. Questions from participants and answers to such questions will be typed (as is done in VIN Rounds).

About the Speaker:
Dr. Michele Gaspar is a VIN consultant (Feline Internal Medicine Folder) and has a Master's in pastoral counseling from Loyola University / Chicago. She has had a personal mindfulness meditation practice for 13 years and completed the certificate program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy in Newton, MA. She is a member of Ancient Dragon Gate Zen Center in Chicago. Michele is currently completing the two-year certificate program in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy through the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and is a part-time staff therapist at the C. G. Jung Center in Evanston, Illinois. Her interests include the use of meditation as an antidote to professional burnout, compassion fatigue and stress. Michele has lectured on mindfulness meditation to veterinarians, veterinary support staff, and shelter personnel.

Interactive Session Outline:
Week 1 (Meditation Sessions on Thursday October 24 and Sunday October 27)
Before the Interactive Session: Watch the "Week 1 Video" in the course library.
Content: Week 2 (Meditation Sessions on Thursday October 31 and Sunday November 3)
Before the Interactive Session: Watch the "Week 2 Video" in the course library.

Week 3 (Meditation Sessions on Thursday November 7 and Sunday November 10)
Before the Interactive Session: Watch the "Week 3 Video" in the course library.
Content: Week 4 (Meditation Sessions on Thursday November 14 and Sunday November 17)
Before the Interactive Session: Watch the "Week 4 Video" in the course library.
Content: Week 5 (Meditation Sessions on Thursday November 21 and Sunday November 24)
Before the Interactive Session: Watch the "Week 5 Video" in the course library.
Content: Break for Thanksgiving

Week 6 (Meditation Sessions on Thursday December 5 and Sunday December 8)
Before the Interactive Session: Watch the "Week 6 Video" in the course library.
Content: Week 7 (Meditation Sessions on Thursday December 12 and Sunday December 15)
Before the Interactive Session: Watch the "Week 7 Video" in the course library.
Content: Week 8 (Meditation Sessions on Thursday December 19 and Sunday December 22)
Before the Interactive Session: Watch the "Week 8 Video" in the course library.


Tuition: Free to VIN and VSPN members.

*For information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

Enrollment is closed.
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*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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