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Feeling stressed? Do you want to increase your well-being and resilience but don’t know where to start? NCSC is here to help.

Building a mindfulness capacity is one strategy many in the public and private sectors are embracing to build thoughtful, creative and resilient workforces ready to respond to ongoing demands. Mindfulness involves paying attention in an open and curious way to the experiences of the present moment. Research shows that it helps combat mind wandering and making “autopilot” decisions. It also enhances creative problem-solving and reduces stress, emotional exhaustion and burnout. Mindfulness is being introduced into corporations, medical practice, schools, sports and the U.S. military.

Through this program, NCSC seeks to share mindfulness education with the court community, while also collecting data to inform approaches to incorporating mindfulness into judicial branch education and training programs more broadly.

Our program

With funding from the State Justice Institute, NCSC is launching a mindfulness education pilot program starting July 11. This free, eight-week program is open to judges, court staff and others who work with the courts.

Each week, participants will receive instructions for learning about and practicing different mindfulness techniques for about 15 minutes a day using a mobile app. You will also be invited to a weekly, virtual 30-minute practice with certified mindfulness instructor and retired New Mexico Supreme Court staff Deborah Dungan.

At the beginning, end and following the program, participants will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires that will help us evaluate the effectiveness of the program. You will also receive weekly, short surveys about your practice.

All data will be confidential, and only aggregate data will be reported in any analyses of the program’s effectiveness.


If you are interested in participating in the program, you must register by June 28. Registrations will be taken on a first-come basis for anyone who works in or with courts.

Live, virtual 30-minute guided practice with certified mindfulness instructor Deborah Dungan. All sessions are from 4 to 4:30 p.m. ET.

  • Monday, July 11
  • Monday, July 18
  • Monday, July 25
  • Monday, August 1
  • Monday, August 8
  • Monday, August 15
  • Monday, August 22
  • Monday, August 29

Registration for this program is closed. If you have any questions or are interested in this program, please contact Miriam Hamilton.


What to expect during the program