Beginning Feb. 5, Winona State University will offer a comprehensive eight-week non-credit/CEU professional continuing education class that will teach participants stress reduction strategies that can be used in the workplace and at home to help reduce the damaging cycle of stress.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can improve memory and one’s ability to focus, and could even lessen the symptoms of some physical and mental illnesses. The class instructor, Erica Thibodeaux, received advanced training in MBSR at The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where MBSR was developed more than thirty years ago.

The class is designed to give participants lifelong skills that empower them to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness, allowing them to lead more enjoyable and productive lives. While this class is designed for educators, healthcare professionals, counselors, social workers and other helping professionals, it will benefit anyone interested in learning methods to manage pain and overcome challenging emotions, and ways to integrate these practices into the challenges and adventures of everyday life.

The class will meet for eight weeks from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings and for one day-long retreat Saturday, March 14. Three CEU (Continuing Education Units) / 30 clock hours are available to registered participants that complete the class. The cost of the class is $425. Advance registration is required.

For more information and to register, go online to https://winona.augusoft.net/ and search by keyword: Mindfulness, or contact the WSU Outreach and Continuing Education Department at 507-457-5080.