Dr. Adriane Bettina Kobusch

Experiences with Mindfulness in Schools, Psychotherapy and Medicine

School is a place for learning. Recent experiences of brain physiology have demonstrated that  improving motivation in the human brain for learning depends strongly on the kind of relationship towards the teacher and the objects of learning. The stimuli which the brain activates are feelings of care, friendliness, sympathy and the acceptance of other persons. The embodiment of one these qualities with respect to the relationship between teachers and students and the contents of learning should therefore become an important part of educational teaching and learning.


Mindfulness can bring about an attitude of benevolence, unprejudice and esteem, and thus strengthen this attitude. In the psychotherapeutic context, mindfulness plays an important role. Also medicine slowly opening up  to the realization that technical progress does not replace the relationship of doctor and patient and offers, for example, mindfulness training for doctors.


It would be worthwhile if schools were more open to the subject of  mindfulness than they have been in the past. Common interests and differences in schools, medicine and therapy in relation to mindfulness will be demonstrated in this lecture. The given context determines the rating of the practice of mindfulness. Experiences of students and teachers, doctors and patients as well as therapists and clients will be presented.

Dr. Adriane Bettina Kobusch

obtained a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Montréal, Canada in 1986 and worked in the field of cancer research for more than ten years. Beside her bio-scientific interests, a longstanding practice of Buddhist meditation started to open her mind to philosophical and psycho-social questions. A professional reorientation followed in 1995, when she started teaching Health Sciences/Public Health to young adults at the Oberstufenkolleg, a college at the University of Bielefeld.


In 2003 three years of training in Buddhist Psychology (Karuna Training) and six years of studies in Chinese Medicine followed. She obtained a Master of Chinese Medicine in 2008. Besides teaching she now works in her own medical practice since 2006, where she combines eastern and western approaches.