Susan L. Woods, MSW, LICSW, is a senior Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction/Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBSR/MBCT) advisor, trainer, and supervisor. She has been training health professionals in mindfulness-based interventions since 2005. Susan designed the MBSR and MBCT professional certification programs for the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) at UC San Diego where she was the Principal Curriculum Consultant and Senior Guiding Teacher. She is an MBSR/MBCT mentor for the MBPTI and was responsible for the creation, design and implementation of the MBSR 6-day Teacher Training Intensive, the Advanced Teacher Training Intensive in Inquiry, the 4-day Mindfulness-Based Teacher and Educators Training Retreat and the upcoming 5-day Mindfulness Retreat for MBI instructors, educators and researchers. Susan is a certified MBSR/MBCT instructor and has taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, UMass Medical School, MA. She has presented on the clinical application of mindfulness at numerous conferences and is a published author on the training of health professionals in mindfulness-based skills. Over the years Susan has taught at a number of venues worldwide that includes but is not limited to the Omega Institute, NY, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, MA, Trigonos, Wales, Kripalu, MA, Hollyhock Retreat Center, Canada, Joshua Tree Retreat Center, CA, Earth Rise, Petaluma, CA, the Center for Mindfulness, UMass, MA and the Center for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, Canada.
Susan has a Master’s degree in clinical social work from Columbia University and holds an advanced level post-graduate certificate in clinical social work from New York University. Clinical social work is a designated specialty within the field of social work in the USA, requiring extensive additional hours of clinical supervision, clinical experience beyond the Masters level and the sitting of a state licensing exam. Her professional training included cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, couples and family therapy, body centered psychotherapies and mindfulness-based interventions. She was in practice for 21 years and worked in a variety of clinical settings. Prior to her work as a psychotherapist, Susan was a Physiotherapist in the UK where she worked in London teaching hospitals and at the Nuffield Orthopedic Center in Oxford.
Susan has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1981, is a certified yoga instructor, and is a graduate of the two-year Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders’ training.