Episode 097 :: Inger Burnett-Zeigler :: Mindfulness with Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Women in Chicago

| October 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Inger Burnett-Zeigler

Inger Burnett-Zeigler joins us to speak about her teaching of mindfulness to socioeconomically disadvantaged women suffering from clinical depression in Chicago.

You may have noticed that there is a particular challenge faced by teachers of mindfulness programs, and those they teach. The problem is this: much as we may want to offer our programs for free, such open hearted generosity may result in not being able to offer programs at all. Teachers have the same needs as everyone else in contemporary society, including food, clothing, shelter, and perhaps supporting a family. These difficulties are also faced by potential participants, even more so as child care, transportation, and other limiting factors may make it impossible to attend mindfulness programming.

There are programs, however, available and helping those who may be disadvantaged in many ways in our society. One such program is helping women suffering from clinical depression in Chicago.

Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler treats patients at the Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders. Her clinical interests are in mood and anxiety disorders, comorbid substance use disorders, stress management, wellness and interpersonal relationships. She is has training and experience in several psychotherapy interventions including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, behavioral activation, and mindfulness meditation. Dr. Burnett-Zeigler’s research focuses on examining the factors associated with mental health service utilization. She is specifically interested in attitudes and beliefs about mental health, access to mental health treatment, engagement in mental health treatment, and barriers to mental health treatment among disadvantaged populations including racial/ethnic minorities and those with low income, limited education, and limited access to resources. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Depressed Women in a Federally Qualified Health Center” study which examines the acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a mindfulness based treatment for depression delivered to women in a community primary care setting.

Thanks to Carly Maletich for her introductions, making this episode possible.

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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