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The professional manual provides reflections, observations and suggestions about how to teach mindfulness to groups of military veterans. The book also summarizes the science behind teaching mindfulness for individuals with chronic pain, PTSD and depression. The goal of this book is to provide mindfulness teachers with an additional resource for teaching groups with these The professional manual provides reflections, observations and suggestions about how to teach mindfulness to groups of military veterans. The book also summarizes the science behind teaching mindfulness for individuals with chronic pain, PTSD and depression. The goal of this book is to provide mindfulness teachers with an additional resource for teaching groups with these conditions. Using qualitative research methodology, we sought to understand the experience of veterans who participated in, declined, or dropped out of mindfulness programs for chronic pain, PTSD and depression. The comments, reflections and occasional recommendations in the book were influenced and informed by the key voices in this endeavor - the voices of veterans themselves. Of note, although we sometimes refer to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is the 8-week program used to teach mindfulness in our setting, our intention is to provide observations and suggestions that more generally apply to teaching mindfulness to veterans in a group format. It is our hope that the quotes, reflections, observations, suggestions will prove helpful to others as they teach mindfulness to those whose burden of suffering is often quite large – our nation’s veterans. As part of the process of developing this resource, we interviewed many veterans who had completed MBSR, as well as veterans who were referred to MBSR but either dropped out or declined to participate. We used qualitative research methodology to understand their experience and identify themes that emerged that we hope will be beneficial for other mindfulness teachers who currently work with veterans or who plan to do so in the future. We also include the reflections of teachers who have extensive experience teaching mindfulness to veterans, so that they could share examples of their approach to teaching mindfulness when working with this population. Hence, this guide reflects the combined perspectives of veterans and mindfulness teachers who have a great deal of experience working with veterans. These reflections and examples range from practical logistical considerations to suggested approaches to group dynamics to observations about teaching specific mindfulness practices. Lastly, we have included supplemental education materials on conditions commonly borne by veterans - chronic pain, PTSD, and depression, to help educate teachers about ways these clinical conditions may be positively impacted by mindfulness. It is our hope that this resource will foster a better understanding by mindfulness teachers of issues often faced by veterans, which will in turn help them to skillfully respond to their needs.


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The professional manual provides reflections, observations and suggestions about how to teach mindfulness to groups of military veterans. The book also summarizes the science behind teaching mindfulness for individuals with chronic pain, PTSD and depression. The goal of this book is to provide mindfulness teachers with an additional resource for teaching groups with these The professional manual provides reflections, observations and suggestions about how to teach mindfulness to groups of military veterans. The book also summarizes the science behind teaching mindfulness for individuals with chronic pain, PTSD and depression. The goal of this book is to provide mindfulness teachers with an additional resource for teaching groups with these conditions. Using qualitative research methodology, we sought to understand the experience of veterans who participated in, declined, or dropped out of mindfulness programs for chronic pain, PTSD and depression. The comments, reflections and occasional recommendations in the book were influenced and informed by the key voices in this endeavor - the voices of veterans themselves. Of note, although we sometimes refer to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is the 8-week program used to teach mindfulness in our setting, our intention is to provide observations and suggestions that more generally apply to teaching mindfulness to veterans in a group format. It is our hope that the quotes, reflections, observations, suggestions will prove helpful to others as they teach mindfulness to those whose burden of suffering is often quite large – our nation’s veterans. As part of the process of developing this resource, we interviewed many veterans who had completed MBSR, as well as veterans who were referred to MBSR but either dropped out or declined to participate. We used qualitative research methodology to understand their experience and identify themes that emerged that we hope will be beneficial for other mindfulness teachers who currently work with veterans or who plan to do so in the future. We also include the reflections of teachers who have extensive experience teaching mindfulness to veterans, so that they could share examples of their approach to teaching mindfulness when working with this population. Hence, this guide reflects the combined perspectives of veterans and mindfulness teachers who have a great deal of experience working with veterans. These reflections and examples range from practical logistical considerations to suggested approaches to group dynamics to observations about teaching specific mindfulness practices. Lastly, we have included supplemental education materials on conditions commonly borne by veterans - chronic pain, PTSD, and depression, to help educate teachers about ways these clinical conditions may be positively impacted by mindfulness. It is our hope that this resource will foster a better understanding by mindfulness teachers of issues often faced by veterans, which will in turn help them to skillfully respond to their needs.

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