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MAPs Overview

Mindful Awareness Practices are the signature educational programs of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. These six-week class series are open to the public and to all UCLA staff, faculty, and students. The classes lay the foundation for students to understand basic principles of mindfulness, develop a personal meditation practice, and to apply the principles in their daily life on an ongoing basis.

Each class is a combination of lecture, practice, and group feedback and discussion. MAPs is taught in a context of a supportive community environment with classes no larger than 20-30 students. Students report that the group support was one of the most helpful and inspiring aspects of the class. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and over.

Class Structure

MAPs classes meets weekly for two hours per week for six weeks. Students will complete daily home practice meditation assignments starting at five minutes a day and working up to 20 minutes daily by the end of the course. Students will receive a complimentary Home Practice CD and a copy of the book Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan Smalley, PhD. and Diana Winston.

Students will learn Mindful concepts that include:

Overview of Mindfulness
Mindfulness of the Body
Obstacles to Mindfulness
Mindfulness to help with Physical Pain
Working with Difficult Emotions
Cultivating Positive Emotions 
Working with Difficult Thoughts
Mindful Interactions

Students will also learn a variety of mindfulness practices so that the student can discover which practice is useful to them. Practices taught include:

Sitting meditation
Eating meditation
Daily life meditations 
Relational mindfulness
Walking meditation
Standing meditation
Movement meditation
Practices to develop positive emotions 

 

Frank Baird, MA, LMFT, LPCC, Instructor

Frank Baird is a skilled and compassionate UCLA MARC Certified Mindfulness Instructor who teaches mindfulness in a variety of settings, including Kaiser Permanente, Sherman Terrace, Reseda, CA, his private practice in Westlake Village, CA and various other community and private settings when requested.

Frank holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a solution-oriented mindfulness-based Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. He has taught graduate level therapists in training at Phillips Graduate Institute and California State University, Northridge and supervised therapists-in-training at Valley Trauma Center (a sexual assault recovery center) and Phillips Graduate Institute (in their Postmodern Therapies Program). He was founder and Clinical Director at NOW House Therapy Center. He is founder of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, The Men’s March to End Men’s Violence Against Women, an organization that facilitates 400+ international Walk events each year. Frank is dedicated to helping people cultivate inner peace, live more fulfilling lives and be active contributors to their communities and the world.

Frank can train you in Mindfulness practice and provide support for your ongoing practice individually and in groups. Contact him to arrange for individual or group training.

 

Refunds and Cancellation Policy

Class Refunds requested in advance of 5PM on FRIDAY of that first week of class will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. We regret that we cannot give refunds after this date. Refunds should be requested by emailing frankbaird@frankbaird.com.

MARC reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified in advance of the class.

No refunds or credits are given to registrant "no-shows".

Postponing a Class: Credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us by phone or email in advance of 5PM on Friday of the first week of the class series. Future class must be the one immediately following the missed class series. NO EXCEPTIONS. (for example: if postponing a May/June class series you will have to use your credit and enroll in the July/August class series)

Make-up Class: If you miss a class, you may make up ONE class in any other class at your level during the current series or the series immediately following. No refund or prorate will be issued for missed classes.  

 

 

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Frank Baird offers mindfulness and meditation training, psychotherapy and life coaching for individual adults & teens, couples, families, groups, and organizations. He practices in Westlake Village, CA and serves surrounding areas including Agoura, Calabassas, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and the Canejo Valley. Frank Baird is a UCLA MARC Certified Mindfulness Facilitator.

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