Mindfulness for Every One

About Lucia

Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI, has worked with elders, high risk populations and persons with chronic conditions as well as their caregivers for over 25 years in a wide range of community, research, and institutional settings. Since her graduation from Columbia University's School of Social Work and Public Health, she has developed a pioneering practice using mindfulness, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to improve the quality of life in community, hospital, clinic and nursing home settings.

Lucia has participated in professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, and in Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals. Lucia (Durga Pria) became a certified Kripalu yoga teacher in July 2008.

Employed for 17 years in a nursing home, utilizing mindfulness based interventions with residents, staff and family caregivers; Lucia is currently Program Coordinator for Integrative Medicine at the Center for Comprehensive Care, a holistic clinic for clients living with HIV+ , those at risk and previously incarcerated.

Her presentations regularly include national and international conferences. She presents to and consults with institutional and community direct-care providers. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care, her book based on her innovations in adapting mindfulness and complementary and alternative medicine for elders and their caregivers, is now available at Springer Publications and on Amazon.

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Book, Manual and Articles by Lucia McBee

CAM Burden Manuel
: Aromatherapy in the Nursing Home: Practical applications based on a one- year research project.

McBee, Lucia. (2008) Mindfulness-Based Elder Care. New York: Springer Publications.

Chapters and articles:

McBee, L. (2011). The doctor within. In Altilio, T. & Otis-Green, S. (Eds.) Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

McBee, L. (2010). Complementary and alternative approaches. (with C. M. Tomaino, R. Mandelbaum, T. M. Mierswa and A. Sherman) In Toner, J. A., Mierswa, T. M. & Howe, J. L. (Eds.) Geriatric mental health disaster and emergency preparedness. New York: Springer Publishing Co.

McBee, L. (2008) Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: Communicating mindfulness to frail elders and their caregivers. In Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness. Faribrizio Didonna (Ed.) Pp. 431-445. New York: Springer.

McBee, L., Westreich, L., Likourezos, A., (2004). A psychoeducational relaxation group for pain and stress management in the nursing home Journal of Social Work in Long Term Care Vol. 3 (1) 15-28, 2004

McBee, L. (2003). Mindfulness practice with the frail elderly and their caregivers: Changing the practitioner-patient relationship Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 19:4, 257-264.

McBee, L. (2003) Complementary and alternative medicine interventions for nursing home residents Clinical Geriatrics Vol. 11 (12) 34-36, and (2004) Annals of Long Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging, Vol. 12 (4).

Lantz, M. S., Buchalter, E. N., McBee, L. (1997) The Wellness Group: a novel intervention for coping with disruptive behavior in elderly nursing home residents. The Gerontologist. 37(4), 551-555




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