For years, the Garrison Institute has offered an experiential skill-building initiative that provides resilience trainings for direct service providers through the Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) Project. This evidence-based approach provides professional service providers the awareness and engagement tools to strengthen resilience and foster connection so they may “be well to serve well.”
Since its inception, CBR has provided training across four continents for diverse communities. CBR participants include health care providers, social workers, humanitarian aid workers, first responders and those working with special needs populations.
As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise across the country, rates of burnout for frontline healthcare workers are reaching a breaking point. The Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) curriculum works to address this urgent crisis, by equipping participants with contemplative tools to help cultivate stress awareness and promote resilience by encouraging balance and connection.
“Amazing retreat. I came thinking one way about taking care of myself and my team, and I left with a beautiful tool kit that is helping implement new ideas in my office and making sure I take care of myself and my team.” – CBR Participant
The Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) approach fosters skills to enhance and sustain physiological and psychological resilience among participants, by integrating the key components of resilience: Awareness, Balance, and Connection.
Awareness of the psychology of stress and its causes;
Balance through mind and body practices;
Connection with ourselves, with the people we work with and care for, and our communities
CBR integrates education about the effects of acute and chronic stress on the body and mind with secular meditation and healing movement practices.
The CBR approach can be presented in a variety of formats depending upon the particular context. Currently CBR is being offered as live virtual sessions, though in-person options will resume when it is safe to do so.
CBR fosters resilience through the following:
CBR is highly portable; the tools reveal simple, accessible ways to increase awareness and create space for beneficial replenishment to individuals. When these tools are practiced on a daily basis over time, they become ‘hard-wired’ patterns of enhanced resilience.
The techniques covered are grounded in research on human resilience. For a more in-depth exploration of the research, review Teresa Sivilli and Thaddeus Pace’s paper “The Human Dimensions of Resilience.”
“Before I attended four days of CBR Training, I did not believe in the meditation world and its result on people. But now meditation and mindful exercises are my daily habits to reduce the stress and tension.” -CBR Participant
The Garrison Institute has created a new free app to empower caregivers with the essential practices of the CBR approach. These 8 short guided practices feature Sharon Salzberg leading meditation and Gayla Marie Stiles facilitating mindful movement. The segments may be viewed consecutively as a series or referenced individually on demand. We invite you to watch and share these videos among your networks––whether it be with your colleagues, family or friends.
The resilience of one individual can positively impact the resilience of larger communities and environments.
Read an op-ed from Sharon Salzberg and Garrison Institute’s Diana Calthorpe Rose outlining how the contemplative-based resilience practices now available in our Care for Caregivers app can help these essential workers reduce stress and help balance mental and emotional wellbeing.
“Continue to introduce this to more people. The world needs more mindful individuals” – CBR Participant
The CBR Project brings together faculty with expertise in the fields of traumatic stress studies, psychology, meditation and mindful movement
Director, Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) Project
Coordinator, Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) Project
To learn more about the CBR Project or to inquire about programming, please contact us at CBRProject@garrisoninstitute.org.
Phone: (845) 444-5309
To learn about Garrison Institute International and the CBR approach to humanitarian aid workers, please visit www.garrisoninstitute-int.org.