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Patricia Rockman, MD

Mindfulness as More Than a Calming Technique

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What You'll Learn

  • De-construct some of the common myths around mindfulness and understand it as an empowering way of being rather than a quick solution

  • Learn why mindfulness is not about “becoming calm”, but about tuning into your immediate experience and strengthening your tolerance of strong emotions–and why that's good for self and patient care

  • Explore how mindfulness can help you stay healthy and resilient in the face of long-term stress, and follow along in a simple practice to use at any time

About Patricia Rockman, MD

Patricia Rockman is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross appointed to psychiatry. She is the past chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Collaborative Mental Health Network. She is a medical psychotherapist who leads MBCT and MBSR groups as well as providing mentorship and training clinicians. She is a founder and the Director of Education and Clinical Services at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Dr. Rockman is the co-author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence & Inquiry in Practice, New Harbinger Publications, 2019.

About Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert, is a nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. As a nurse, she has worked in emergency, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work. She is trained as a Nurse Coach through The Nurse Coach Collective. To learn more about Rheanna's work, the evidenced-based signs and symptoms of moral injury and burnout, and the guided questions to establish your next steps, click here.

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  1. Maria Fidalgo May 26, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I want to thank you all for your enlightenment, you are really full of inspiration. Patricia’s words are a real source of relief for caregivers.

  2. Andrea Timar May 24, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Pat Rockman raises many important and relevant points:
    – about system changes (health care) being much needed. My observation is that many changes (history) have happened ground up, grassroots, starting with individuals. For sure the health care system is ill and its healing is long overdue. I have often asked myself what role can I play to help? Beyond being the change I want to see !
    – how the fruits of mindfulness should ultimately be about ‘we’ vs “I”- ‘compassion in action’
    – she also brings reality to the whole notion and practice of mindfulness and removes pressure: it is not a panacea, it is not all about peace. It’s about navigating life skilfully and providing the agency to turn toward pain and difficulty. As I like to say there are 50 shades of denial- turning away, distraction, avoidance, repression, addiction- that serve us in the moment, with long term negative consequences. The single greatest benefit mindfulness has had for me is helping bring attention/awareness-in-the-moment (vs hindsight) to my coping strategies. I can then make different choices, and when I can’t, the exercise is to not beat myself up for it – this latter is my ongoing practice- back to compassion.
    I love that Pat says mindfulness takes courage; it can be so much easier to go into habitual modes coping.

    • Howard Leaman May 24, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Well said!

  3. Samba Nyirenda,MD May 24, 2019 at 6:55 am

    ” The arrogance of being a fixer..!!”

  4. Kathy May 24, 2019 at 4:59 am

    She mentions diffusion in healthcare which is everywhere.

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