CHA Patient Programs
MINDFUL-PC Program in CHA Primary Care
The MINDFUL-PC clinical service and research program offers mindfulness groups for CHA Primary Care patients. These groups have a few clinical requirements and require a referral from a CHA primary care provider. If you are a CHA patient interested in participating in the MINDFUL-PC clinical program and research study. Below is our informational brochure.
CMC is collaborating with the CHA Multicultural Affairs and Patient Services to develop a program to offer mindfulness groups that will meet the needs of our patients’ diverse linguistic and cultural communities. For questions about group start dates and language-specific groups, please contact the MINDFUL-PC program at MindfulPC@challiance.org or by phone at (617) 591-6055.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
We offer MBCT as a clinical group, using a protocol that was developed as a depression relapse prevention program and is also highly effective for patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. [click here for the JAMA meta analysis on MBCT] This intensive 8-week group with at least 30 minutes of daily home practice trains people in mindfulness practices that help them observe ways in which thoughts can drive mood and how mood can distort perspective. Through exploration and observation of the body/mind connection, participants learn to adjust patterns of behavior and move toward healthier states of mind. Paying attention in the present and bringing friendly curiosity to their experience enables participants to become more sensitive to the onset of symptoms and
Develop a stronger “Observing Self”
Learn to see thoughts as “just thinking” without feeding or fighting them
Understand the temporary nature of sensations, feelings and thoughts
Desensitize to automatic negative thoughts and feelings that occur spontaneously
…and through the training, develop more calm and ease with their emotions and more easily navigate the storms that sometimes accompany depression and anxiety.
When: Tuesdays, from 4:00-6:15, starting on July 10th, and lasting for 8 weeks.
Where: 26 Central St., Exact Room To Be Determined
**This program requires a referral from a Cambridge Health Alliance care provider. Ask your provider or clinician for a referral.
The group will be co-taught with Lauri Klein LICSW and Laura Warren, MD
Inclusion criteria: History of depressive symptoms, Currently taking or considering taking medication for mood
Exclusion Criteria: Recent hospitalization, Severe personality disorder, Active psychosis, Severe substance use, Recent suicidal ideation
This group is currently accepting referrals.
Strengthen Your Practice: 12-Week Alumni Group
Dates: 12 weeks, Every Wednesday (ongoing)
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: CHA Central Street Clinic, 26 Central Street, Somerville, 2nd Floor Community Room
Payment: Billed to your health insurance as 12 one-hour psychotherapy groups
Contact: Angela Lozada, Referral Coordinator, for questions on eligibility 617-591-6055 | email@example.com
Lauri Klein LICSW will be leading a 12-week intensive mindfulness group through the outpatient psychiatry department at CHA for alumni of any 8-week mindfulness-based courses (MBSR, MSC and MTPC). This group will allow patients to strengthen or renew their mindfulness practice within a smaller group setting, emphasizing continuity. It gives an opportunity for people to develop ongoing mindfulness and then apply it to improve emotional health, deal with life's challenges, and enrich their lives.
Each session will include:
A guided practice
Time to discuss the practice and personal challenges along the way
Home practice assignments for the week
The group will be ongoing, and asks for a 12-week commitment with an opportunity to re-enroll at the end of the 12 weeks.
Private Pay Courses
CHA patients are welcome to attend Center for Mindfulness & Compassion Courses and Programs available to the community. Cambridge Health Alliance patients are provided a 50% discount for our 8-Week Courses: MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion). Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn more about mindfulness and compassion by exploring our links to video, audio, book and app online resources.