Mindfulness Foundations

April 18, 2023 to June 8, 2023

Activity description

Mindfulness is not a technique, but a way to meet whatever life presents while taking care of yourself and others. Mindfulness has a beneficial effect on stress, burnout, well-being and empathy among health care professionals (HCPs). For HCPs, mindfulness practice can also improve engagement, teamwork, decision-making and ultimately foster positive health care outcomes. This activity encompasses learning, practice and shared exploration of secular mindfulness. It is led by a UMass Medical School Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and includes didactic information about the science of contemplative practice and guided meditation.

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This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and AbleTo. 

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Target Audience

This activity is designed for HCPs of all skill levels and practice settings. Accreditation will be provided for the following health care professions: case managers, dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers and therapists. General attendance certificates will also be made available.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this journey, participants should be able to:

  • Describe mindfulness and understand its benefits.
  • Practice a variety of formal meditations.
  • Integrate mindfulness into daily life.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 25.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 25.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 25.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 25.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 25.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
  • 25.00 CDR - Dietitians
  • 25.00 ASWB - Social Workers
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
04/18/2023 - 12:01am EDT
Event ends: 
06/08/2023 - 11:59pm EDT

Ted Meissner is a male with a crew cut and glasses. He is also wearing a black fleece jacket with a lanyard around his neck.Ted Meissner
Mindfulness Teacher 
Senior Program Manager

About the presenter
Ted Meissner has been teaching mindfulness for over twenty years, is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher and created the UMass Medical School MBSR live online program. He holds Masterclasses for teachers through Oxford University, hosts international teacher programs with Jon Kabat-Zinn, supervises mindfulness teachers with the international Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches and the University of California San Diego and teaches MBSR for Harvard University research studies. Ted has been published in Mindful Leader, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Mindful, and The International Journal of Whole Person Care and is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science.

Activity planner
Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
Optum Health Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The presenter and planner have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and AbleTo. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
IPCE Credit LogoThis activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 25.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.


The participant will be awarded up to 25.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Optum Health Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

imageCompletion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit = One CPEU). 
If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation
25.00 contact hours (One 60-minute hour = 1 CPEU). 
RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Performance indicator selection is at the learner's discretion. 

Medical assistants
The American Association of Medical Assistants allows up to 30 non-AAMA recertification points for CMAs (AAMA) who are recertifying by continuing education. Please see the following link for more information: https://www.aama-ntl.org/continuing-education/ceus#nonaamaceus.

Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 25.00 CE hours.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 25.00 live continuing education credits.

Case managers
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 25.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).

Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 25.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 25.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 25.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 25.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 25.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
  • 25.00 CDR - Dietitians
  • 25.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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