Mindfulness Based Wellness & Resiliency

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Mindfulness-Based Wellness & Resiliency (MBWR) Training 

An in-person, interactive program designed to engage and train participants in a broad range of simple, practical communication, stress management, health enhancement, and resiliency building skills. Research clearly indicates these skill-sets improve performance and quality of life, both on and off the job. Additionally, benefits include significantly reducing the risk of burnout and other serious stress and trauma related health risks faced by corrections personnel, law enforcement, first responders, re-entry, and treatment professionals.

10-Week Program Structure

Full-Day Onsite Introductory MBEI-based Wellness & Resiliency Training delivered by CMPS Training Director, Fleet Maull

Cost varies based on the needs of each organization.

Eight 2-hour Community of Practice (CoP) group sessions (approximately 10 participants per CoP group) facilitated by CMPS 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 and optimal 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, awareness of the feelings and needs of others

8)  Relationship Effectiveness – effective communication & conflict management skills

Final Onsite Training, Debrief, and Graduation led by CMPS 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). 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 by family discord, domestic violence, substance abuse, etc.
  • Reduction in costs for chronic stress or burnout related to 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 a 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 and 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 Public Safety (dba Engaged Mindfulness Institute), #1402, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Center for Mindfulness in Public Safety maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 7/15/2017 – 7/15/2020. Social workers completing this course receive 30 in-person clinical continuing education credits.

    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 19 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 throw up. I consider myself one of the statistics. I’ve got 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 chance to think before I speak. I can be more calm.”

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