Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Research Project [Run 2]

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    SSI is partnering with Singapore Management University (SMU) on a

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Research (MBSR) Project from 15 Feb – 8 Mar 2017

    and we would like to invite you to be part of this initiative.


    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 project aims to examine whether mindfulness-based training serves as a beneficial training intervention to improve the well-being and functioning of social workers in Singapore and whether this, in turn, reduces turnover out of the sector. The findings will help in the planning & development of mindfulness-based learning intervention for social workers.


    Be part of this initiative today.

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

    Click here to register now!

    Registration for Run 2 is open till 5 February 2017 . Contact esther_lau@ncss.gov.sg for any questions.]


    1.       Social service professional with at least 1 year social work experience

    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)

    5.       Be available for all 4 training dates (15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar)

    If you are eligible and interested, register here today.


    Enjoy a complimentary 4-week MBSR training if you are chosen to be in the treatment group. While benefits of participating in an MBSR course cannot be guaranteed for each individual, research does suggests broad health and well-being benefits for many participants.



    You will also 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:


    Based on random selection, eligible participants have a 50% chance of either being assigned to the:

    1.    Training Group, or

    Participants selected for the MBSR training will undergo 4 weekly evening sessions. The sessions consist of guided mindfulness practises (including gentle mindful movements), instructor-led mindful enquiry, group sharing, and a limited amount of instructor presentations.


    The dates are:      15 February 17, Wednesday, 6-10pm

    22 February 17, Wednesday, 7-10pm

    1 March 17, Wednesday, 7-10pm

    8 March 17, Wednesday, 7-10pm



    2.    Control Group

    Participants in the control condition will have the commitment to complete surveys. As a control participant, your involvement is no less important. Without a control group, it will be difficult to know if the MBSR course is truly effective.

    Click here to register now!