Mindfulness Based Wellness & Resiliency

mindfulness in corrections

Mindfulness-Based Wellness & Resiliency (MBWR) Training for Corrections, Law Enforcement, & First Responder Professionals. A 10-week program designed to deliver participants a broad range of simple and practical communication, stress management, health enhancement and resiliency building skills with which to improve performance and quality of life both on and off the job while significantly reducing the risk of burnout and other serious health risks faced by law enforcement, first responders, corrections, reentry and treatment professionals.

Mindfulness-Based Wellness & Resiliency (MBWR) is a 10-week wellness and professional development training for criminal justice professionals and treatment providers.

10-Week Program Structure

Full-Day Onsite Introductory MBEI-based Wellness & Resiliency Training delivered by CMC Training Director Fleet Maull
Eight 2-hour Community of Practice (CoP) group sessions (approximately 10 participants per CoP group) facilitated by CMC trained facilitators focused on the following areas:

Self Care Skills for effective stress management and resilience building:

1)  Physical Resilience – nutrition, exercise, hydration, breathing, limiting alcohol & tobacco

2)  Mental Resilience – mindfulness exercises, positive attitude, brain training, & education

3)  Emotional Resilience – empathy, emotional intelligence, interpersonal relationship skills

4)  Spiritual Resilience – faith & spirituality, gratitude, forgiveness & letting go, community, nature

Shift Readiness Skills for effective stress management & optional performance:

5)  Self-Awareness – mindful attention, presence, reframing, positive outlook

6)  Self-Management – manage triggers, emotion regulation, defuse drama

7)  Social Awareness – body language, empathic listening, aware of others feelings & needs

8)  Relationship Effectiveness – effective communication & conflict management skills

Final Onsite Training, Debrief and Graduation led by CMC Training Director Fleet Maull


  • A strong foundation for a personnel/agency/department culture shift from stress, burnout, denial, un-treated trauma exposure and the resulting emotional problems, health risks and health costs to a staff culture of healthy self-management & self-care, emotionally & socially intelligent communication, effective stress & conflict management, and overall staff wellness and safety.
  • A measurable reduction in staff burnout (empathy fatigue, corrections fatigue). Improved staff morale and improved performance outcomes achieved by healthier, more resilient, and more emotionally and socially intelligent and skillful staff.
  • Prevention of and/or measurable reduction in suicide, PTSD-related incidents, and trauma/stress caused family discord, domestic violence, substance abuse, etc.
  • Reduction in costs for chronic stress or burnout related staff absences, lost-time injuries, staff turnover and related health care costs.
  • Overall long-term health care savings through improved wellness and preventive health care programs.
  • Details on MBWR Learning Outcomes
  • Training Content

  • Basic mindfulness practice training presented in an evidenced-based, trauma informed manner similar to that now being provided in many areas of U.S. society, including healthcare, K-12 education, corporate wellness & performance programs, law enforcement, corrections, etc.
  • Evidence-based mindfulness-based wellness & resiliency (MBWR)® training designed to enhance physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual resilience leading to improved health, wellness, morale and performance outcomes.
  • Evidenced-based Mindfulness Based Emotional Intelligence (MBEI) training designed to increase capacity for self-awareness, self-management (including emotion regulation), social awareness (reading behavioral cues and empathy training), and effective communication and interpersonal relations management.
  • An introduction to the neuroscience of stress and stress management and the scientific basis for mindfulness, empathy and compassion training.
  • Council dialog training – basic training in the practice of council dialog, a modern practice derived from many ancient forms of communicating in a circle. Sometimes referred to as “Listening Circles,” the practice and structure of council will provide safe container for effective peer support, learning and skill building in the Community of Practice (CoP) groups.
  • Resiliency and stress management training
  • Burnout prevention and recovery training
  • Accountability and self-empowerment training
  • Family applications: mitigating family impact of on-the-job stress and trauma, developing healthy family communication and conflict management
  • Developing healthy support systems and resources
  • Specific Skills Taught Include:

  • Attention, focusing and mindfulness skills
  • Physiology management and balancing skills
  • Breath regulation and other stress management skills and practices
  • Self-care and wellness practices
  • Cognitive reframing skills and positive attitudinal skills
  • Emotion regulation & self-management skills
  • Listening – engaged, empathic and reflective listening skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Difficult conversation skills
  • Conflict de-escalation and conflict management skills
  • Earn CE Credits

    Center for Mindfulness in Corrections (dba Engaged Mindfulness Institute), #1402, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Engaged Mindfulness Institute maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/15/2017 – 7/15/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 30 clinical continuing education clock hours.

    Participant Experiences

    “I was taught defensive tactics. I was taught situational awareness. I was taught how to do searches. I wasn’t taught how to take care of me. I was in a place after nineteen years in corrections that I really didn’t want to be. I would get in my vehicle on my way home and have to stop to thrown up. I consider myself one of the statistics. I’ve not high blood pressure. I’ve got high cholesterol. I’ve noticed that in doing the breathing and mindfulness-based practices, I am able to lower my blood pressure. When you keep everything inside, something is bound to break. Using the tools, I’m able to communicate a lot better than before, and the inmates see it too.”

    “I’ve usually been instantly reactive in my life. This has given me a change to think before I speak. I can be more calm.”

    “I am able to be more present with my son.”