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Mindfulness Techniques

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

If you have any questions, comments or find information on this page that is incorrect or no longer current, please contact us at (213) 821-0800 or at

Upcoming Live Training Sessions

Mindfulness Techniques for Promoting Professional and Personal Wellbeing

An introduction to mindfulness with the meditative practices to help bring balance to your professional and personal life. Mindfulness is being in the moment, fully aware without judge- ment. Practicing mindfulness in the workplace may assist you to increase focus and productivity, improve relationships and re- duce stress.

Upon completing this course you will learn:

  • Meditative practices for daily use
  • Interventions to keep you in the present moment
  • Tools for increased personal awareness and acceptance
  • Applications to relax and deal with stress

What: Mindfulness group for stress reduction
When: 8 Wednesdays, 11am - noon, beginning September 14th
Where: University Park Campus The Center for Work and Family Life 3535 South Figueroa Street Suite 202

Space is limited- Call the Center for Work and Family Life to reserve a spot at 213-821-0800.

Facilitator: Rachel Plasencia is a mindfulness facilitator, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Employee Assistance Professional with the USC Center for Work and Family Life. Her clinical experience focuses on the workplace including stress, civility at work and work life balance. She emphasizes a strengths based approach with a special attention to mindfulness.


Mindfulness Reading List

Carroll, Michael (2004). Awake At Work. 35 practical Buddhist Principles for discovering clarity and balance in the midst of work’s chaos. Boston: Shambhala.

Goldstein, Elisha and Stahl, Bob (2010). A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon (1994). Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. New York: Hyperion.

Smalley, Susan L., and Winston, Diana (2010). Fully Present: The science, art and practice of mindfulness. 2010: Da Capo Press.

Nhat Hanh Thich (1991). Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. New York: Bantam.

Web Resources on Mindfulness

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. MARC is a resource with classes, meditation groups and online resources.

The MARC website includes free meditation podcasts

Here is a YouTube video of Jon Kabat-Zinn leading a mindfulness session at Google.