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Koru Basic Mindfulness Course

Koru Mindfulness

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Stressed out over college? Friends? Relationships?

What’s the best strategy to ease your worried mind?

This is to announce an opportunity for your son, daughter, or family member to get a head-start on planning for a successful transition to college, and to support continued success for those who are already there. The Koru Basic mindfulness course is being offered to students ages 16-24. Koru Basic is one of the fastest growing and scientifically-validated stress management programs available today for older adolescents and emerging adults. With college counseling centers across the country facing an unprecedented number of students seeking assistance in managing depression, anxiety, academic stress, homesickness, and adapting to college life, Koru is an excellent choice for creating a toolkit of emotion-regulating and self-soothing mental skills.

Koru is the only evidence-based mindfulness course designed to teach mindfulness skills to college and university students. Koru was developed by Duke University Counseling Center psychiatrists Holly Rogers and Margaret Maytan, and is described fully in their book Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives (2012). Detailed information about the program is available on the Koru web site at: www.korumindfulness.org.

Four Weekly 75-Minute Classes

The actual course is presented in four weekly 75-minute classes of 10-15 participants. This is an educational course and not psychotherapy. A more complete outline of the content of each of these classes is included in the course outline (attached).

No prior experience with mindfulness is required, but students must be able to attend all four sessions. The suggested text for the course is: The Mindful Twenty Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress and Everything Else, by Holly Rogers (2016). A copy of the text is included in the course tuition along with a mobile phone app that will be used throughout, and hopefully after the course.

The first course will run on four consecutive Mondays starting October 7, and then October 14, 21, and 28, 2019 from 7:30 to 8:45.

A second course will run on November 7, 11, 18, and 25.

The location will be:
Long Island Behavioral Medicine
1727 Veterans Memorial Highway - Suite 300
Islandia, NY 11749

Mindfulness helps students to work with difficult emotions such as anger, anxiety, and depression, and enables them to respond more effectively instead of reacting out of a more habitual and ineffective style. Research shows that students who took Koru Basic reported feeling calmer, more mindful, more rested, and more self-compassionate, all which are associated with improving academic performance, emotional functioning, and other performance related activities, such as sports, music, theatre.

Tuition and Registration

The tuition for this course is $299.00 payable to Pantaleno Psychological services, PLLC at the time of registration via check only. There are no tuition refunds once you have requested a place in the class and have received confirmation via e-mail. For a second child or friend who registers, a discount of an additional $25.00 may be applied.

Please register online for ONE course here:

October course November course

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Classes at Your Site

Koru Basic is taught in small groups of 15-25 participants at your site!

Koru Basic is a four-session educational course which teaches mindfulness skills, including meditation, to emerging adults ages 16-24. Mindfulness has been shown to be a significant self-help tool to manage strong negative emotions and to deal more effectively with life’s challenges. It is now offered in many formats at most major college/university counseling centers across the country. Research supports the many benefits of mindfulness meditation as a growing trend in emotional self-care.

Two Plans Available

Institutional Koru Basic Tuition Plan A
Class of 15 at $250 per person = $3750

Save $49 per student*
Represents a 16% decrease per student over regular course tuition*

Institutional Koru Basic Tuition Plan B
Class of 25 at $150 per person = $3750

Save $149 per student
Represents a 49% decrease per student over regular course tuition*


*Koru Basic is co-taught by Dr. Barbara Fisher and Dr. Anthony Pantaleno, NYS Licensed Psychologists and Certified Koru Mindfulness Teachers. *The regular tuition for Koru Basic is $299.00

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