Dates: Mondays, 8th April 2019 to 9th March 2020
Times: From 7pm to 9.30pm
Hours: 30 hours
Places: 12 places
Venue: The Mindfulness Clinic, 10 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
8 April, 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 19 August, 23 September, 21 October, 18 November, 9 December 2019 and 13 January, 17 February, 9 March 2020
€395 includes certificate, therapeutic cards, notes, resources
Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP
As more and more therapists and mental health professionals are learning about interpersonal neurobiology and contemplative practices, there is an increasing desire to translate theoretical and philosophical principles into practical applications for use with clients.
“An outstanding course, essential training for every mental health professional. The depth and quality of interventions has reignited my therapeutic practice and presence with enhanced awareness for appropriate interventions for application with different clients. Creative, inspiring, practical with robust correlations to the origins of psychotherapy, wisdom traditions and the latest studies from neuroscience” Psychotherapist, June 2018
Mind Mind is a new programme which will help reinvigorate your practice as a mental health professional with the latest findings from neurobiology, contemplative science and evidence-based psychotherapy.
A broad range of psychological and interpersonal issues will be addressed including Bipolar Affective Disorder, attachment, emotion, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, personality disorder and interventions that offers a uniquely holistic, compassionate and integrative approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Mind draws on a range of psychotherapeutic theories, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, narrative, humanistic, existential, creative and mindfulness-based approaches. Mind will focus on the work of Richard Davidson, Allan Schore, Louis Cozolino, Janina Fisher, Stephen Porges, Sara Lazar, Daniel Siegel, Daniel Stern, Pat Ogden, Babette Rothschild and Shauna Shapiro.
Topics include: The neurobiology of feeling safe, bottom-up processing, affect regulation, trauma-sensitive mindfulness, script and narrative formation, defensive and coping mechanisms, attunement and attachment, transpersonal and contemplative practice, neural integration, the social brain, neural plasticity, and the archaeology of mind.
Interventions include the therapeutic relationship, interpersonal, creative mindfulness-based applications and nurturing self-care. We will explore cognitive humanistic approaches and the attitudinal qualities of mindful-based therapy, including aspects of cognitive therapy, embodied cognition, metacognitive awareness, neuroscience and Buddhist psychology.
This training will guide participants in developing their own regular mindfulness practice whilst integrating it with their therapeutic and clinical work. The process of a mindfulness-based approach to psychotherapy is facilitated through mindfulness practice, lectures and skills within the context of personal, interpersonal and group enquiry. The training group learns to cultivate and deepen awareness as a primary psychotherapeutic and transformative tool. This programme will explore the theory, research and essential skills, especially mindfulness and self-compassion for deliberately cultivating wisdom and compassion in psychotherapy.
“Thank you so much for your gentle and compassionate guiding of this group. Your humour, knowledge and integrity shone through and you were able to pace and guide the group in such a respectful way. I have learnt so much and it has been the best professional and personal programme I have engaged with for a long time. This course is wonderfully informative and beautifully experiential. Thank you for meeting “the contemplative space” with such authenticity and humanity. This so encouraging for us as we journey at this level. Your “attending” is supreme, your holding is solid, your understanding is welcoming and open.” Psychotherapist, February 2019
“I would encourage every psychotherapist and mental health professional to avail of this training. The sense of generosity of the course is quite remarkable. Therapeutic cards, notes, Podcasts, book of poetry, book is a treasure chest and a wonderful resource. I feel it is going to take some time to absorb and integrate all this learning. The presenter has covered so much. I leave with a deep sense of gratitude for the experience, learning and creativity of this course” Psychotherapist, February 2019
Meditation, class practice (pro-social practices including meditations on gratitude, generosity, compassion, acceptance, loving kindness, equanimity, and advanced techniques in helping clients reframe, reconsolidate and integrate new learning through mindfulness and visualisation.
Inquiry, guided discovery, journaling, interpersonal dynamics and creative process using art, clay and visual media.
Reflective supervision on personal practice, case work, discussion
Interactive, experiential, group focused and collaborative learning
Reading, reflection and discussion on current research and clinical integration of mindfulness into various practice settings. Monthly research emails with the latest research in mindfulness, neuroscience and contemplative practice.
Gerry Cunningham has been extensively trained in Mindfulness-Based Approaches and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He studied for three years at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford (Masters in MCBT and PG Diploma in CBT). He has trained in psychotherapy (Dublin City University) and Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Cambridge, Masters (MEd/PG Dip). He has a Masters in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy. The Mindfulness Clinic, 10 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The Mindfulness Clinic, 10 Merrion Square, Dublin 2