mPEAK (Mindful Performance Enhancement, Awareness & Knowledge) is an 8-week intensive course in mindfulness training for those who seek to draw upon this proven practice to achieve their goals, both personal and professional, as well as attain new levels of performance and success.
The foundation of this program is based on the highly respected and empirically-supported Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn Additionally, mPEAK incorporates elements of sports psychology, positive psychology and specific exercises formulated to correspond to recent neuroscientific findings and related research regarding optimal performance.
The mPEAK program was developed in conjunction with the US National BMX Cycling Team in 2014, as a collaboration between the coaches of the team, UC San Diego neuroscientists Drs. Lori Haase and Martin Paulus, and the UCSD Center for Mindfulness leaders Executive Director Dr. Steven Hickman and Managing Director Allan Goldstein.
During the 8-weeks participants are encouraged to pay close attention to their daily life, moment by moment through a series of exercises and meditations to help develop self awareness, getting in touch with their inner critic and learning to find new creative ways to better their performance and succeed.
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
Describe the theory and research supporting mPEAK
Use skills to motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
Apply core mindfulness exercises into daily life
Demonstrate simple mindfulness and mPEAK practices with patients, students, or clients
Describe the central role of mindfulness meditation practice for fostering peak performance in the regulation of emotions and behaviors
Articulate the rationale for an ongoing mindfulness meditation practice to derive full benefit from the mPEAK program
- Session 1 Tuesday February 2 – Intro to Mindfulness & Performance
Session 2 Tuesday February 9 – Interoceptive Resilience (Recognition and regulation of the sensations of stress and performance anxiety)
Session 3 Tuesday February 16- Performance Stories (Recognition and regulation of unhelpful thinking and mind wandering)
Session 4 Tuesday February 23 – Priming for Flow (Getting out of your own way, trusting your training and performing naturally and spontaneously)
Session 5 Tuesday March 2 – Working with Pain & Difficulty (Allowing physical or emotional pain rather than distracting, avoiding or repressing)
Session 6 Tuesday March 9 – Your Inner Coaches (Cultivating compassionate rather than critical inner self talk around mistakes or failure)
Session 7 Tuesday March 16 – Strengths in Balance (Leveraging personal character strengths without becoming attached or identified)
Session 8 Tuesday March 23 – Living With Intention (Applying a mindful approach to goal setting)
Continuing Education Hours:
Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 20 CE credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 20 CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.
Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board ofRegistered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 20 CE credit.