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Examining The Effectiveness of Mindfulness with Mental Health Professionals

Kia A. Watkins

Adler University

Introduction Mental health issues continue to be a growing concern sweeping across many nations globally and domestically. Findings from the National Institutes of Mental Health (2013) illustrated that in 2013, in the United States, 43.8 million adults suffered from a mental illness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) (2006) mental illness and substance use disorders are the leading causes of disability worldwide. As mental health issues continue to endure and implicate the lives of many, the need for competent, qualified clinicians emergent from a field that implements efficacious treatments for such conditions
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The bulk of literature examining the effectiveness of mindfulness consists of qualitative studies. Of those studies, the focus has been on how effective mindfulness interventions and therapies are for clients and not so much regarding mindfulness practices of clinicians and its implications. Study 7. Galentino, Baime, Maguire, Szapary, & Farrar (2005) assessed the correlation of health care professional report of stress symptoms and salivary cortisol in an 8 week mindfulness program (MM, a cognitive behavioral stress management program based on mindfulness). Additionally, they examined the impact that a mindfulness program has on mood, empathy, and burnout. They gathered data, prospectively, at baseline and after 8 weeks of the program’s completion. 84 employees from within a university hospital participated in this study. Salivary cortisol was collected at a curtain time during sessions (Galentino, et al., 2005). Participants were given three psychological measures: Profile of Moods States-Short Form (POMS-SF), Maslach Burnout Inventory, and Interpersonal Reactivity (IRI) at baseline and after the program…show more content…
They received training in sitting meditation, body scan, hatha yoga, and a three-minute breathing space, which consists of a “minimediation,” wherein one focuses on their breath and body and what is happening in the present moment p. 169, Shapiro, et al., 2005). The wait-list control group received the intervention immediately after the treatment group completed it. The baseline analysis indicated that participants in the treatment group were more distress than controls (Shapiro, et al., 2005) There were significant between group differences found wherein the MBSR group
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