Session Number: 2465
Track: Use and Influence of Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: meditation, mindfulness
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: James Pann [Associate Professor - Nova Southeastern University]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: CC M100 F
Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):
This skill-building workshop will review mindfulness approaches that can be incorporated into participants’ evaluation practice. Kabat-Zinn (2013) described mindfulness as the present moment awareness of experience in a non-judgmental manner. Mindfulness can be used to enhance evaluative thinking and improve practitioners’ work by impacting:
- Awareness of internal emotional states;
- Identification of evaluation anxiety in clients;
- Noticing of cognitive biases that can influence evaluations;
- Observance of insights and intuitions;
- Full attention to the task at hand.
This workshop will extend the work of Russom and Russom (2009) by teaching empirically supported mindfulness techniques, including:
- Three-Minute Breathing Space (Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2013);
- Body scan exercise (Kabat-Zinn, 2013);
- Practical breathing techniques such as Weil’s (2019) 4-7-8 breathing;
- Utilization of mindfulness self-assessments.
Other methods will be highlighted and examples of the application of mindfulness-informed evaluation to specific evaluation projects will also be discussed.