Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training: A Professional Course

  • 24 Apr 2016
  • 29 Apr 2016
  • Esalen Institue, CA, USA

Jean Kristeller, PhD  and Andrea Lieberstein, MPH, RDN

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller, is an intervention program that addresses mindless eating, stress-related eating, disordered eating patterns, and obesity through the application of mindfulness meditation. This workshop for health care professionals provides intensive training in applying MB-EAT in a range of clinical settings. Informed by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction work and the principles of food intake regulation, MB-EAT employs mindfulness meditation, experiential eating exercises, didactic instruction, and self-reflection to cultivate mindful awareness and a more balanced, positive relationship to eating and weight.

To date, MB-EAT, as supported by NIH-funded research, has demonstrated effectiveness in addressing issues with obesity and compulsive over-eating. Throughout this training, we use demonstration, role-play, simulated exercises, and discussion to cover the themes, material, and exercises in the MB-EAT program. We also deepen our own mindfulness practice through daily meditation practice, eating meditations, body awareness and movement meditations, and a half-day silent retreat. For those with a professional background treating eating issues and a substantive background in mindfulness meditation practice, this program provides the foundational skills for delivery of the MB-EAT program. For those with less experience in either of these areas, it provides an introduction to the issues and skills involved.


Continuing Education Information:

Psychologists: American Psychological Association (California psychologists are required to report their hours to the MCEP Accrediting Agency)

LCSW/MFT: California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider number PCE1594) Registered Nurses: Board of Registered

Nursing (provider number 01152) Registered

Dietitians: State Commission on Dietetic Registration

*CE credit for psychologists; CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; CE credit for nurses; CE credit for RD and DTR;

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