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Crouse Hospital Presents Eight-Week “Mindful Living and Stress Reduction” Program



Integrative Medicine Education Program Begins Sept. 7


Nobody is immune from stress—it’s just part of life. The difference among individuals is how they handle stress. Crouse Hospital’s Mindful Living & Stress Reduction program (MLSRP) provides systematic training and guidance in various forms of meditation, based on a practice known as mindfulness, to provide participants with the tools to live life more fully and with less angst.

“Mindfulness is a way of paying wise attention to all the circumstances that arise, and offers a way to relate to those circumstances in a way that can reduce stress and suffering,” says course instructor Pauline Cecere, LCSW. She has taught the course for more than a decade, and will lead the eight-week program on Tuesday evenings, beginning Sept. 7. The course will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave. The course fee of $300 includes 16 hours of instruction; a full-day retreat on Saturday, Oct. 16; textbook; CDs; supplemental readings; and free parking in the Marley Center Garage. Inquiries about the course and registration can be made by calling 315-655-3066 or emailing The registration deadline is Aug. 31.

Cecere is a psychotherapist in private practice in Cazenovia who is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Medicine at Upstate Medical University. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and has practiced psychotherapy since 1981. Cecere has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, who was instrumental in expanding the practice of insight meditation in the United States nearly 30 years ago through a program he developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Insight meditation has been practiced for at least 2500 years.

Through the Crouse Health Foundation, Crouse Hospital’s Institute for Integrative Medicine provides education about integrative medicine to the general public and the medical community. The Institute is also committed to the provision and facilitation of evidence-based integrative medicine modalities for the benefit of patients and hospital employees.

About Crouse Hospital
Crouse Hospital is a 506-bed, not-for-profit healthcare provider serving patients from a 16-county area in Central and Northern New York. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient and community health/wellness services that reflect its mission to provide the best in patient care and promote community health. Crouse has been named “Business of the Year” by the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and a “Top 100” Performance Improvement Leader by Thompson Healthcare for its financial, operational and quality progress. In 2008, Crouse became the first (and only) U.S. hospital to receive Workforce Management magazine’s Optimas Award for General Excellence. For more information visit

Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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