Don McCown

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"Don is a licensed social worker with a Master of Social Services degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Applied Meditation Studies degree from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. He is trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) through courses and supervision with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a practicum and one-year internship with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's MBSR program. Don teaches MBSR to patients and professionals at Jefferson, and is a Lecturer in the University's College of Health Professions. He has also been a member of the full time faculty of the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Don publishes and presents on mindfulness and its applications in health care and education." [1]


Exploring (and expanding) the ethical dimensions of mindfulness in clinical practice (and beyond)

"The first of the two phases of the project will lay out the major areas of concern in the application of mindfulness in clinical practice — articulating an ethics of mindfulness, starting with the conception that teaching, application, and practice of mindfulness are relational undertakings. As described for the community in my book, Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators (McCown, et al., 2010), mindfulness is a co-creation of the teacher and students (or of clinician and client) that depends on a non-pathologizing, non-hierarchical environment (a “we-centric space”). The making and holding of such a space is, therefore, key to defining an ethical stance." [2]


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  1. operationhomeandhealing Don McCown, organizational web page, accessed June 19, 2013.
  2. Taos Institute Don McCown, organizational web page, accessed June 19, 2013.