(L to R) Dr. Carl Fulwiler, Dr. Robert Finberg and Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW at a recent CFM strategic planning kickoff meeting at UMass Medical School.
 
Greetings to our friends and colleagues near and far.

 
In only a few months, The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will celebrate 40 years of advancing mindfulness in the lives of individuals, organizations, and communities through mindfulness-based programs.  These programs, as well as our commitment to standards in teaching competency and research, innovation and creativity, and partnerships with colleagues from around the world will guide the strategic focus of the CFM and increase access to mindful health interventions for the next decade and beyond.

To help us realize this vision, and with the full support of the leadership of the Medical School as well as the UMass Memorial Healthcare clinical system, a search is underway for a new Executive Director who embodies the authenticity and caring that we value.

Dr. Robert Finberg, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, along with Dr. Terence Flotte, Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Eric Dickson, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Healthcare, and Dr. Carl Fulwiler, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine and founder of the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs at the CFM, are at the forefront of this search.  They are committed to fostering high-quality Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher professional training, and continuing to serve the public with our bedrock MBSR and newly successful MBCT programs. We can't wait to work alongside a new leader to grow the CFM for years to come!

Joining this team is Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW. Susan is leading a focused, strategic evaluation of the CFM's professional education programs. With a background reaching back to the CFM almost 20 years ago and experience consulting with academic medical centers like the University of California San Diego  (UCSD), Susan is an internationally-recognized leader in teacher training who has both the insight and foresight to help us build and grow a thriving mindfulness movement across all boundaries and institutions. We will keep you apprised of that progress, and don't be surprised if you hear from Susan, seeking your input as a valued member of our mindfulness community.

During this transformational time, we continue to offer a full fall schedule of our established in-person and online mindfulness-based programs, and comprehensive training of MBSR teachers as they proceed through the professional education pathway. The CFM is reaching more people around the world through new offerings including:
  • a Spanish language Onlive Live course
  • the first Online Live MBSR Fundamentals professional teacher training
  • a weekly, online global community meditation session for MBSR and MBCT graduates
We remain committed to our program participants, professional trainees and dedicated staff at the CFM. You are invited to join us on this journey as we honor our rich history, build for tomorrow and thrive alongside our local and global mindfulness community.
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