Interpersonal Mindfulness: Wellbeing’s Forgotten Bride


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Joel Bennett, PhD, Certified Workplace Specialist

President, Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems

AAFP – 1.0 | ACSM – 1.0 | CDR – 1.0 | NCHEC – 1.0 | AAOHN – 1.08
Mindfulness is just as much about how we relate with others as it is a special way of paying attention. Interpersonal mindfulness can help workplace programs on well-being, especially those that only focus on behavior and individual health. This workshop reviews (1) meanings of mindfulness, distinguishing inter- from intra-personal mindfulness, and (2) seven types (and related processes) of interpersonal mindfulness. Participants will receive cognitive, experiential, and interpersonal learning of seven processes: clarifying values, intentionally centering, heedful relating, nudging compassionately, knowing one’s impact, garnering trust, and thriving.  For each process, participants will (a) receive an overview and definition, (b) get key references/research, (c) self-assess their current interpersonal mindfulness, (d) discuss their self-assessment in an interactive exercise. The workshop is a mix of mini-lecture, self-assessment, paired exercises, and discussion.  Discussion focuses on practical application to work settings and the role of wellness coordinators/champions in fostering mindful relating in the work culture.

Presenter Bio(s):

Joel Bennett, PhD, (Certified Workplace Specialist) is President of Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems (OWLS), a consulting firm that specializes in evidence-based wellness and e-learning technologies to promote organizational health and employee well-being. Dr. Bennett first delivered stress management programming in 1985 and OWLS programs have since reached over 30,000 workers across the United States.

He is primary developer of “Team Awareness,” an evidence-based program recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health as effective in reducing employee behavioral risks. Team Awareness has been adapted by the U.S. National Guard as one of their flagship prevention programs and it has been used by municipalities, hospitals, restaurants, electrician training centers, small businesses, Native American tribal government, and recently in South Africa. Dr. Bennett and OWLS has developed workplace champion/prevention coordinator competencies through funding from the National Institutes of Health, in coordination with the United States National Guard, and also with the American Council of Engineering Companies Life/Health Trust.

OWLS clients include corporate, private, non-profit, local and federal agencies. OWLS has received close to $4 Million in Federal Research Grants to assess, design, and deliver workplace wellness programs. OWLS service-line includes the Small Business Wellness Initiative, IntelliPrevTM, PrevToolsTM, and ExecuPrevTM (livewell, leadwell). Dr. Bennett is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed research articles and he has authored/co-authored three books, including “Raw Coping Power” (with Foreword by Ken Pelletier) “Heart-Centered Leadership“, “Time & Intimacy“, and “Preventing Workplace Substance Abuse.” In 2008, he was acknowledged with the Service Leadership award from the National Wellness Institute. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from State University of New York (Purchase) and his MA and PhD in Psychology from University of Texas-Austin.