Mindfulness for Judges
Monday, Jun 24, 2019
toThursday, Jun 27, 2019
This four-day program is an opportunity to pause from the many complexities of being a judge and find some space to breathe and reflect. Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in the present moment. It is a practice of learning to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations and acknowledging whatever is present and using that information to respond to the unfolding of our work and lives.
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.
After participating in this course, you will be able 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.
Kelly, Zarcone, Mindfulness Training Has Positive Health Benefits: Interdisciplinary Research Shows How Powerful the Mind Really Is, located at https://nau.edu/research/feature-stories/mindfulness-training-has-positive-health-benefits (visited Apr. 15, 2016).
Napa is the seat of Napa County, California, in the heart of the Napa Valley wine region. Its downtown is known for late-1800s and early-1900s architecture, a riverfront promenade with shops and restaurants, and an arts scene anchored by the Napa Valley Opera House.
The group room rate is $209 per night (plus applicable fees and taxes) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until 30 days prior to the course start date, unless our room block is filled earlier. 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.