During this course, you will learn to:
- Define “mindfulness”;
- Describe why mindfulness is especially important for judges to employ;
- Summarize the benefits of mindfulness for both your personal and professional life; and
- Apply mindfulness to assist you in decision making.
Over the course of the four days, we will explore the most current research on mindfulness, including the neuroscience underlying mindfulness and the effects of mindfulness on work-related skills and behaviors. Specifically, participants will learn how mindfulness can help cope with trauma, and enhance leadership and communication. Mindfulness also …
- develops your immune system;
- aids with physiological responses to stress and negative emotions;
- improves social relationships with family and strangers;
- reduces stress, depression, and anxiety;
- increases well-being and happiness;
- increases openness to experience, conscientiousness, and agreeableness; and
- improves your awareness that is more clear, nonconceptual, and flexible.
Research on mindfulness in the judiciary, for example, the effectiveness of mindfulness in addressing unconscious biases, will be a particular focus. In addition to the didactic portion of the program, we will spend a significant amount of time experiencing directly a wide variety of attention focusing and meditation practices, while leaving time for thoughtful dialogue and inquiry. By the end of the course you will have both experience with mindfulness practice along with the resources to keep your practice going for years to come.
Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.
This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Leadership Enrichment & Jurisprudence Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.