MAPs Class Schedule – UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center – Los Angeles, CA

Jump to Class – Notes & Policies

Technical Recommendations

Recordings of live online classes will not be made available for viewing. Please see our missed class policy for more information.Live classes may be recorded for archive purposes only.

*During 2020 in response to Covid-19, MARC reduced rates for all classes and programs. For 2021 we are returning to our pre-Covid rates in order to ensure the sustainability of our center. However, we remain deeply committed to equity and accessibility and recognize the economic hardship caused by the global pandemic. We invite you to contact us ([email protected]) if you cannot afford the minimum fee and want to participate. Please submit any scholarship requests at least 48 hours before event start date.

**Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this class for FREE. To use this discount, please register using your UCLA email address, and select the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu during the payment process. 

◊ Anyone registering with the TMF/IPP discount must be enrolled in MARC's Training in Mindfulness Facilitation or Intensive Practice Program. If you are a member of these programs, please be sure to enroll with the name and email address associated with your program.

MAPs II: Cultivating Self-Compassion

Many of us struggle with issues of self-judgment and self-criticism. People of all ages suffer from painful thoughts such as, "I'm not good enough," "I messed that up again," and "I hate my body." Although these thoughts may feel overwhelming and intractable, we can learn how to work with and lessen them. Science has shown that you can actually change your brain through mindfulness and the cultivation of positive emotional states.

In this class, we will explore mindfulness practices to work with self-critical thoughts, and self-compassion practices to nurture kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. This class will include sitting and walking mindfulness and kindness meditations, periods of silence, personal exploration, and discussion to help cultivate and encourage more self-compassion. The material in this class is very powerful. We encourage you to have a consistent daily meditation practice before attending this class.

Pre-requisite: Attendance in any introductory MAPs I series or equivalent mindfulness introductory class with permission from our instructor. If you have not taken a MAPs I class at MARC, please email us a brief description of your equivalent experience to [email protected] before class start date.

Thursdays
Sept 1- Oct 6
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, PT

Live Online

Instructor:  Heather Prete 

Regular Rate: $200
Covid Rate: $165
UCLA Students**/◊TMF/ IPP: $0
No CEs

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Jump to Class – Notes & Policies

Technical Recommendations

*During 2020 in response to Covid-19, MARC reduced rates for all classes and programs. For 2021 we are returning to our pre-Covid rates in order to ensure the sustainability of our center. However, we remain deeply committed to equity and accessibility and recognize the economic hardship caused by the global pandemic. We invite you to contact us ([email protected]) if you cannot afford the minimum fee and want to participate. Please submit any scholarship requests at least 48 hours before event start date.

**Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this class for FREE. To use this discount, please register using your UCLA email address, and select the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu during the payment process. 

◊ Anyone registering with the TMF/IPP discount must be enrolled in MARC's Training in Mindfulness Facilitation or Intensive Practice Program. If you are a member of these programs, please be sure to enroll with the name and email address associated with your program. 

MAPs III: Reconciling Paradox with Mindfulness

The deep practice of mindfulness is filled with instructions and claims that often seem paradoxical:

Make the ‘effortless effort’.

In order to change, accept things as they are.

Mindfulness is a form of self-observation. Except, there is no self.

Sound confusing?

In this six-week course, we will explore these and many other ideas that often seem to be at odds with logic, and our life experience. Through explorations of poetry, science, short readings, and an in-depth look at Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, students will gain meaning and revelation while leaving plenty of space for guided practice and group discussion.

Pre-requisite: MAPs I and at least two MAPs II classes, or permission from instructor. If you have not taken these classes at MARC but have equivalent experience, please email us a brief description of your equivalent experience to [email protected] before class start date.

Saturdays

Sept 17-Oct 22

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, PT

Live Online

Instructors: Brian Shiers

Regular Rate: $200
Covid Rate: $165
UCLA Students**/◊TMF/ IPP: $0

No CEs

REGISTER

Jump to Class – Notes & Policies

Technical Recommendations

Recordings of live online classes will not be made available for viewing. Please see our missed class policy for more information.Live classes may be recorded for archive purposes only.

*During 2020 in response to Covid-19, MARC reduced rates for all classes and programs. For 2021 we are returning to our pre-Covid rates in order to ensure the sustainability of our center. However, we remain deeply committed to equity and accessibility and recognize the economic hardship caused by the global pandemic. We invite you to contact us ([email protected]) if you cannot afford the minimum fee and want to participate. Please submit any scholarship requests at least 48 hours before event start date.

**Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this class for FREE. To use this discount, please register using your UCLA email address, and select the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu during the payment process. 

◊ Anyone registering with the TMF/IPP discount must be enrolled in MARC's Training in Mindfulness Facilitation or Intensive Practice Program. If you are a member of these programs, please be sure to enroll with the name and email address associated with your program.

MAPs III: Exploring Advanced Loving-Kindness Practices

In this new MAPs III class, we'll take a deeper dive into the practice of loving-kindness. There are many variations on how to do loving-kindness meditations. We can practice it in a way which cultivates concentration. We can use it on the spot or within meditation to work with challenging emotions. It can also be a practice which, similarly to mindfulness, can cultivate insight. Finally, it can be practiced as a facet of awareness itself.

Through lecture, meditations, dialogue, and guided exercises, we will deepen our understanding and embodiment of loving-kindness.

Pre-requisite: MAPs I and at least two MAPs II classes, or permission from instructor. If you have not taken these classes at MARC but have equivalent experience, please email us a brief description of your equivalent experience to [email protected] before class start date.

Thurdays

Sept 8-Oct 20

No Class September 15

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, PT

Live Online

Instructors:  Diana Winston 

Regular Rate: $200
Covid Rate: $165
UCLA Students**/◊TMF/ IPP: $0

No CEs

REGISTER

Jump to Class – Notes & Policies

Technical Recommendations

Recordings of live online classes will not be made available for viewing. Please see our missed class policy for more information.Live classes may be recorded for archive purposes only.

*During 2020 in response to Covid-19, MARC reduced rates for all classes and programs. For 2021 we are returning to our pre-Covid rates in order to ensure the sustainability of our center. However, we remain deeply committed to equity and accessibility and recognize the economic hardship caused by the global pandemic. We invite you to contact us ([email protected]) if you cannot afford the minimum fee and want to participate. Please submit any scholarship requests at least 48 hours before event start date.

**Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this class for FREE. To use this discount, please register using your UCLA email address, and select the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu during the payment process. 

◊ Anyone registering with the TMF/IPP discount must be enrolled in MARC's Training in Mindfulness Facilitation or Intensive Practice Program. If you are a member of these programs, please be sure to enroll with the name and email address associated with your program.

MAPs Applications: Mindfulness for Adult ADHD
Part III: Resolving Distraction and Procrastination (5-week class)

Living with an ADHD brain in a Neurotypical system can be debilitating. But with proper Mindfulness training one can live a fulfilling and successful life.

In this class, we explore distraction and procrastination, which can cause much agony and disappointment in life. We will learn that there are benefits to distraction and procrastination and ways to develop attention and focus to be strategic and purposeful in life.

To strengthen and balance the ADHD brain, we learn about the three capacities in attention and the six faculties of focus. Attendees can evaluate how much development they have in each area and what aspects to develop.

Based on the instructor’s own transformation, experience, and expertise with ADHD, attendees will incorporate suitable daily Mindfulness practices that can improve all aspects of their lives.

While Mindfulness for Adult ADHD is an 8-course program and this is course III, it is fine to jump into this class without a prerequisite. Part I introduced Mindfulness for ADHD. Part II focused on Rejection-Sensitivity Dysphoria and Lack of Self-Appraisal. Other courses in this series may be offered in the future.

Pre-requisite: None- All are welcome

Wednesdays

Sept 7- Oct 5 (5 weeks)

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, PT

Live Online

Instructors:  Manijeh Motaghy 

Regular Rate: $200
Covid Rate: $165
UCLA Students**/◊TMF/ IPP: $0

No CEs

REGISTER

Jump to Class – Notes & Policies

Technical Recommendations

Recordings of live online classes will not be made available for viewing. Please see our missed class policy for more information.Live classes may be recorded for archive purposes only.

*During 2020 in response to Covid-19, MARC reduced rates for all classes and programs. For 2021 we are returning to our pre-Covid rates in order to ensure the sustainability of our center. However, we remain deeply committed to equity and accessibility and recognize the economic hardship caused by the global pandemic. We invite you to contact us ([email protected]) if you cannot afford the minimum fee and want to participate. Please submit any scholarship requests at least 48 hours before event start date.

**Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this class for FREE. To use this discount, please register using your UCLA email address, and select the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu during the payment process. 

◊ Anyone registering with the TMF/IPP discount must be enrolled in MARC's Training in Mindfulness Facilitation or Intensive Practice Program. If you are a member of these programs, please be sure to enroll with the name and email address associated with your program.

The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC- MSC)

The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC) is a 6-week adaptation of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program designed to begin the cultivation of the skills of self-compassion. SC-MSC was developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion and Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness, compassion and psychotherapy. The SC-MSC 6-hour program was developed to allow participants to begin to learn a targeted set of MSC practices with less initial time commitment than the full 26-hour MSC program.

Most of us feel compassion for our close friends when they are struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion. Self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Self-compassion is learned in part by connecting with our innate compassion for others and including ourselves in that circle of compassion. The practice of self-compassion also helps to grow and sustain our compassion for others.

The SC-MSC program draws on the skills of mindfulness and focuses on developing the resource of self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing.  Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—more fully ourselves.

Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children.

 

MSC Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Articulate the basic theoretical underpinnings and research findings related to self-compassion

  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices to motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism

  • Develop the capacity to contend with challenges and difficulties through awareness of self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness.

  • Apply core self-compassion practices into daily life

 

This program is designed for members of the general public, based on the values of equity, diversity, inclusiveness and belonging. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in SC-MSC. All are welcome!

Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.  SC-MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.

 

Tuesdays
Sept 6- Oct 11 (6 weeks)
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, PT

No CEs

Live Online

Instructors:  Gael Belden

Regular Rate: $200
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UCLA Students**/◊TMF/ IPP: $0
REGISTER

Jump to Class – Notes & Policies

Technical Recommendations

Recordings of live online classes will not be made available for viewing. Please see our missed class policy for more information.Live classes may be recorded for archive purposes only.

*During 2020 in response to Covid-19, MARC reduced rates for all classes and programs. For 2021 we are returning to our pre-Covid rates in order to ensure the sustainability of our center. However, we remain deeply committed to equity and accessibility and recognize the economic hardship caused by the global pandemic. We invite you to contact us ([email protected]) if you cannot afford the minimum fee and want to participate. Please submit any scholarship requests at least 48 hours before event start date.

**Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this class for FREE. To use this discount, please register using your UCLA email address, and select the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu during the payment process. 

◊ Anyone registering with the TMF/IPP discount must be enrolled in MARC's Training in Mindfulness Facilitation or Intensive Practice Program. If you are a member of these programs, please be sure to enroll with the name and email address associated with your program.

Cultivating Forgiveness (5-weeks, 

PRE-RECORDED

 ONLINE)

MARC has teamed up with Mindful to present a new online course: Cultivating Forgiveness.

In this class, Diana Winston guides us on a journey of forgiveness – a journey that includes forgiving others as well as ourselves. Diana teaches with empathy, kindness and gentleness, encouraging us to release the pain, anger and self-blame that we may be holding in our hearts to find a renewed sense of inner release and

freedom.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Deepen these ideas through formal and informal meditation practices that you can apply every day, for the rest of your life

  • Transform pain and resentment into an abiding sense of well-being and freedom

  • Understand forgiveness as a kindness to yourself, rather than an act of condoning others’ harmful actions

  • Cultivate forgiveness for others, for actions you’ve done that have harmed others, and towards yourself

Pre-requisite: Mindfulness experience is a plus, but not a must.

Self-paced-Begin at any time

Online

Instructors: Diana Winston 

Cost: $160  $64 discount price
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No CEs

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Class Notes & Policies

  • MARC classes are educational programs, not a clinical treatment.

  • Please avoid wearing restrictive clothing or jewelry to our workshops, classes, and daylongs. Please avoid wearing heavy fragrances and perfumes as well, since this may disturb the practice of others around you.

  • All MARC events are subject to audio and/or video recording.

  • Please review the Missed Class Policy

Technical Recommendation: For optimal experience, we encourage you to access the course with a Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser on a desktop/laptop with secure internet connection. UCLA's online course website is also mobile responsive, so you can access it on a phone or tablet as necessary.

CE Policy 

MAPS are an excellent introduction to mindfulness for clinicians, who are welcome to take it for credit. Participants need to attend all 6 weeks to receive credit. The cost for the CEs is $50.

Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 10 hours of credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists 10 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 12 contact hours.

For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.