Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Research Project

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    SSI is partnering with Singapore Management University (SMU) on a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Research (MBSR) Project. Past research has shown that social workers in Singapore experience considerable stress and exhaustion, one of the key factors resulting in the substantial turnover in the sector.
    This MBSR research project aims to examine whether mindfulness-based practices training serves as a beneficial intervention
    to improve the well-being and functioning of social workers in Singapore and, in turn, reduces turnover out of the sector.
    Be part of this project today! This project runs over 4 weeks, from the 2nd week of January 2017 to February 2017. The research findings will help in the planning & development of mindfulness-based learning intervention for social workers. Registration ends 15 November 2016. Kindly note that only successful participants will be notified.


    For any questions, you may send your queries to esther_lau@ncss.gov.sg.


      <What You Need To Know About The Initiative>

    Click here to register now!

    [UPDATE: Registration closed. Pls contact esther_lau@ncss.gov.sg for any questions.]

    • How to Participate and How will You Benefit

    As a nominated organisation, you are allowed to nominate at least 2 social workers, based on the criteria stated below. Participants will be randomly assigned to the MBSR training or the control condition. There are 100 spaces available, on a first-come-first-serve basis.
      Participating in this research project will have the following benefits:
    • Nominated participants will enjoy a complimentary 4-week MBSR training (for every 2 employees participating in the study, one will be assigned to the MBSR intervention, and the other to the control condition).
    • Receive a complimentary research report summarising the findings and practical applications of this research project.
    • Be part of the research that contributes to the development of knowledge about the causes of employee stress, burnout, and turnover in the Singapore social service sector and how these factors can be reduced.

    • An Overview of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    Stressors are a common fact of life. In this well-researched course, participants will discover how they can reduce and prevent stress in their lives through formal and informal mindfulness practices.    
    A mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction emphasises the helpful role that awareness and openness can play in facing stressors, and ultimately, leading a richer life. Participants will learn how to become more aware of the stressors in their lives and their impact, empowering them to make wiser choices and develop thinking styles, behaviors and habits that are conducive to stress reduction and prevention.


    A considerable amount of research supports the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction.
    For more information on mindfulness, you may visit:

    •  Nominated Participants' Role

    Nominated participants have a 50% chance of either being:
    1. Assigned to the MBSR training
    2. Assigned to be a Control condition participant
    Participants selected for the MBSR training will undergo 4 weekly evening sessions of about 2.5 hours each. The sessions consist of guided mindfulness practises (including gentle mindful movements), instructor-led mindful enquiry, group sharing, and a limited amount of instructor presentations.


    Participants are also encouraged to engage in regular formal and informal home practices of about 30-60 minutes daily. Additional course materials such as audio-guided mindfulness practices will be provided.


    Participants in the control condition will have the commitment to complete surveys. Your involvement as a control participant is very important. Without a control group, we cannot determine if the MBSR course is truly effective.

    • Participant’s Criteria

    1. Any social worker with at least 1 year social work experience who would like to work and live with less stress and more awareness.
    2. No prior knowledge, or experience with, mindfulness practices is required.
    3. Must not be currently practicing meditation or any mindfulness-based exercises, or completed a formal mindfulness-training course within the past two years.
    4. Must not suffer from serious acute or chronic mental illnesses. The course is not a replacement for therapy or medical treatment.
    • Note to Nominating Organisations
      Participants Nominated from the Same Organisation:
    1. Organisations should nominate at least 2 social workers, who will then be randomly assigned to the experimental conditions.
    2. They should be full-time social workers with similar job demands, working hours, and engaged in social work, where they work directly with clients.
    Click here to register now!

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