What is this course about?
Mindfulness—awareness of the present moment with acceptance—is a deceptively simple way of relating to experience that has been practiced for over 2,500 years to alleviate human suffering. Recently, mental health professionals are enthusiastically discovering that mindfulness holds great promise both for their own personal development, and as a way to enhance therapeutic relationships. It is also the central ingredient in a number of new empirically validated treatments, and is proving to be a remarkably powerful technique to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy.
This workshop is designed to help clinicians use mindfulness practice to enhance their therapeutic presence and personal well-being, as well as to design mindfulness-based interventions for their clients or patients. On completion, attendees will be better able to:
- UNDERSTAND mindfulness experientially by learning to practice it oneself
- DESCRIBE the core components of mindfulness practice
- SPECIFY how a therapist can best choose which mindfulness exercises are most appropriate for which patients
- EXPLAIN how the “self” is understood differently in Western and Buddhist Psychology
- UNDERSTAND how mindfulness practices can enhance intimate relationships.
- DESCRIBE the core attitude toward experience found in depression and how mindfulness practice can help to transform it.
- INDICATE the core mechanisms that maintain anxiety disorders and how these can be altered using mindfulness practice.
- SPECIFY the core dynamic of chronic back pain and other psychophysiological disorders and how mindfulness practice can help to interrupt it.
- INDICATE how mindfulness practice can help adults to relate more skillfully to children.
Who should attend?
Psychologists, counsellors, social workers and other allied health professionals.