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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Resilience and Change Through Mindfulness

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Rhiannon, Veteran

Photo: Jen Dean

“Mindfulness came at a time when I didn’t even know I needed it, but as it turned out—I needed it more than anything.”

For seven years, Rhiannon “Rhi” served in the armed forces.  Working in airborne command and control, she was responsible for supporting ground troops as they carried out missions – many of which put them in life and death situations. After the military, Rhi sought help for the anxiety and PTSD from a personal trauma. That’s when a counselor introduced her to mindfulness training.

Rhi says the experience made her realize she wanted more mindfulness in her everyday life. The first step on that journey brought her to UMASS Medical School’s online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Offered through the Center for Mindfulness, the program immersed Rhi in a virtual classroom with people from all over the world who are on a similar path to her own.

Online Programs

MBSR Online Live

Like Rhi, who lives outside of driving distance of the Center, people who want to learn from a skilled mindfulness teacher and engage with participants from all over the globe can experience this groundbreaking course in an online format. Delivered entirely through live video conferencing, this course brings the classroom to you.

MBCT Online Live

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy to break the cycle of recurrent depression. Like the online MBSR program, the course is conducted through live video conferencing with a UMASS Center for Mindfulness MBCT teacher and other participants.

Global Online Meditation Community

Worldwide Mindfulness ONLINE LIVE: You're invited! This program was launched to support MBSR and MBCT graduates, as well as those interested in mindfulness meditation. Participants can:

  • Practice mindfulness with a UMASS Center for Mindfulness teacher
  • Listen to a brief talk on mindfulness topics relevant to everyday life
  • Connect and share with others who want to live with more presence & ease
  • Participate from anywhere in the world