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Adena Meyers

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For many years, United States educators have been experiencing an increased amount of stress due to continuously changing education policies, increased school accountability, and additional personal life stressors (e.g., finances, illness, etc.). Increased levels of educator stress has been highly correlated to low job satisfaction ratings, high burn-out rates, and overall negative consequences for teachers, students and school climate (Reiser et al., 2016). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) intervention programs have exhibited promising results in reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction among a variety of populations (Reisner et al., 2016). This is a proposal outlining the implementation and effectiveness of an MBSR program for schoolbased professionals. This MBSR program is centered around, leading scientist and meditation practitioner, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s working definition of mindfulness: an awareness that arises from, intentionally, paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental manor (Kabat-Zinn, 2019). The purpose of this program is to aid school-based professionals in learning skills and attitudes that encourage greater present-moment awareness and overall intentionality to relationships and daily life experiences. This proposed program will include 8 weekly classes lasting approximately two hours, and on days that classes do not occur, participants are encouraged to dedicate 45 to 60 minutes to intentional mindfulness practice. In addition to teaching skills and attitudes related to mindfulness, another goal of this program is to reduce symptoms related to stress, anxiety, and depression, and increase job satisfaction and selfcompassion. Effectiveness of this MBSR program will be measured through a pre- and post-test design utilizing the following measures: Job Satisfaction Survey, Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale – 21 Items (DASS-21), Self-Compassion Scale, Self-Rated Physical Health Scale, 12 items (PROMIS-12), and the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS).

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for School-Based Professionals