Mindful Yoga for Symptom Management

Knight Cancer Institute

Oregon Health & Science University

Portland, Oregon

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Join OHSU clinical research team, Dr. Jim and Kimberly Carson, developers of several mindfulness-based programs – including Mindfulness Breath-by-Breath, Mindful Pain Management, Yoga of Awareness, Mindfulness-Based Relationship Enhancement, and the Loving-kindness Meditation Intervention – for an in-depth study of safe and effective ways to teach mindfulness-based skills to individuals going through cancer treatment and recovery.

This transformative intra-professional course is an innovative integrative medicine program designed for all practitioners helping people cope with cancer and its treatment, including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, naturopaths, palliative care specialists and others working with cancer patients.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recently called for increased efforts to integrate Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) evidence-based therapies into the conventional practice of medicine. The IOM has noted that cancer centers in particular are leading the way in offering mindfulness and other CAM modalities in combination with conventional treatments.

This two-day course will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the conceptual and research-supported basis for mindfulness-based supportive care applications for cancer patients, along with a review of guidelines regarding when mindfulness may be potentially helpful versus contra-indicated. Attendees will also explore a variety of simple and safe breathing techniques, meditation strategies and other mindfulness-based symptom management tools that can be applied to patients’ needs, and will learn how to integrate the use of these tools into their care of cancer patients, without the need for thorough mindfulness teacher training. Course materials will include a professionally produced DVD suitable for clients to engage in gentle, safe yoga posture work when appropriate.

Course Objectives

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss current use of mindfulness-based applications in leading cancer centers.
  • Synthesize scientific evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of mindfulness-based applications for managing symptoms such as cancer-related pain, fatigue, and emotional distress.
  • Implement a range of simple and safe breathing techniques, meditation strategies, and other mindfulness-based tools in clinical practice.

This course is being offered to all oncology care specialities: physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, naturopaths, palliative care specialists and others working with cancer patients.

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine, Division of CME, designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information, please email carsonk@ohsu.edu

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