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Center for Contemplative Studies


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Center for Contemplative Studies

Contact Info:
Donald McCown
Associate Professor

Christine Moriconi
Associate Professor

700 S. Church St.
West Chester, PA 19383
(across from Anderson Hall)

Phone: 610-436-2200

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2nd Annual PASSHE Mindfulness Conference

Mindful Conference

This conference will be an opportunity for PASSHE member schools to come together and guide each other in the implementation of mindfulness across the state system. The theme this year is diversity which we will expand on in different presentations and break out groups. We will explore the intersectionality of mindfulness and contemplative practices and issues of inclusion and diversity. This conference is a great opportunity for professional development and networking with mindfulness leaders across the state.

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Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Michael Gawrysiak, PhD, 'Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness-based Interventions for the Treatment of Addictions'
  • Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Michael Gawrysiak, PhD, "Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness-based Interventions for the Treatment of Addictions

Despite decades of research and the availability of behavioral and pharmacological interventions to address drug and alcohol use disorders, addiction is still characterized as a chronic, relapsing condition. An estimated 60-80% of individuals relapse within 12 months following addiction treatment. Emerging research suggests that mindfulness-based interventions reduce relapse vulnerability by enhancing one’s ability to more adaptively cope with drug-craving and challenging emotions. This seminar will discuss mindfulness, its incorporation into traditional relapse prevention interventions, and the research supporting the use of such interventions. This seminar will also discuss real-world applications of mindfulness-based techniques to assist those struggling with addiction.

Dr. Gawrsiak is Assistant Professor of Psychology at West Chester University and Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in 2014 where he worked within the Centers for Studies of Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. His research focuses on understanding brain and behavioral features of addiction and post traumatic stress. Currently, he is studying brain and behavioral changes associated with the intervention, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. Dr. Gawrysiak is extensively trained in mindfulness-based interventions and is experienced leading mindfulness groups for various medical and mental health disorders.

Distinguished Speaker Series Presents: Jeffrey P. Bishop, MD, PhD 'Neuroscience, Virtue, and Vice'
  • Distinguished Speaker Series Presents: Jeffrey P. Bishop, MD, PhD "Neuroscience, Virtue, and Vice"
  • March 22nd, 2018 at Philips Autograph Library from 6-8pm

This talk will explore some of the recent literature in the neuroscience of morality. It will show that often the claims made by neuroscientific research into morality are political in origin. This political dimension sometimes shapes the kinds of claims made about the neuroscience of prosocial and antisocial behavior, and opens the possibility of the neuroscientific control of behavior.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Bishop is a social and moral philosopher, teaching medical ethics and philosophy at Saint Louis University. He is also a physician. Prof. Bishop holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics and is the Director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics.

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A Mindfulness Toolkit For Educators

Mindful Toolkit

Presented by: the WCU Center for Contemplative Studies

  • Four Workshop Dates Available
  • 9:00am to 3:00pm - Lunch Included
  • December 2 • January 20 • February 3 • April 21
    • Establish or refresh your personal mindfulness practice
    • Review the theory and science of mindfulness in schools
    • Learn to lead mindfulness practices with students

This six-hour workshop will get you started in working with students with mindfulness—one-on-one in counseling situations or in the classroom. The key to effective teaching of mindfulness is to know the subject well, so your own practice is of paramount importance. We'll get you started with direct instruction, plus support for your home practice through handouts and recordings.

Mindfulness in schools has its own fast-growing scientific and pedagogical literature. We'll take a look at the highlights, and go deep into what really counts in building relationships and community. There is a specific skill set for leading mindfulness practices in front of a class, or with an individual. We'll spend lots of time learning practices and teaching them back, so you'll feel ready to go!

Four dates will let you find a time that works for you—to bring the benefits of mindfulness practice to yourself—and the students you work with!

View the 'A Mindfulness Toolkit For Educators' flyer
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