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Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches and CBT in Adolescent Counselling and Classroom Applications

Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches and CBT in Adolescent Counselling and Classroom Applications

Mindfulness Courses
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Duration | Once Monthly (60 Hours)
Fee | €595

Ten-day programme, one Friday per month throughout the academic year.  Dublin

Join a group of mental health professionals, guidance counsellors, and educators to explore and learn proven and practical CBT and mindfulness interventions tailored specifically to treat the most frequently occurring emotional and behavioural problems with adolescents and young people.

Complete this ten-day training and help to teach teenagers how to shift their thinking away from impulsive, thoughtless, and judgemental ways of reacting and teach them to build on the resources they already have. Provide more balanced approaches to responding to life and helping shift the way teenagers perceive and apprise situations as stressful. The programme includes one-to-one interventions for therapists and a ten-session teaching programme Mindfulness in Transition for secondary schools. This programme draws on the themes of compassion, justice, values, and psychological flexibility.

Each session will include seminar, workshops, teach-back, reflection, interactive learning. The learning style will take the form of lectures, video, case presentations, small group and dyad activities as well as experiential activities and ample time for questions and answers and discussion with colleagues.

Participants on this programme must hold a professional qualification in counselling, mental health, education/teaching or youth work.

Course Content

Adapting CBT and Mindfulness for adolescents and teenagers. How CBT and mindfulness differs adult interventions. Mindfulness tools for adolescents, enhance emotional regulation skills and utilising attention skills as a resource.

Mindfulness in Transition – a ten-week programme for use in classroom, group-based or one-to-one intervention with transition year students. Yoga and mindfulness, brain and body tools for teenagers.

Best treatment strategies for teenagers. Using a comprehensive cognitive behavioural framework, you will learn which interventions work best with different types of anxiety based on the adolescent’s developmental level.

Understanding youth mental health issues, developing psychoeducational teaching methods., DBT skills and working with emotional and behavioural problems.

Interventions and approaches for working with oppositional defiant, and disruptive adolescents.

Developing tools and techniques for working with procrastination, exam stress and study techniques.

Assessment, psychoeducation, behavioural interventions, cognitive restructuring methods, rational analysis, performance interventions, and behavioural activation.

Third-wave interventions including the keys skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialetical Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Self-Compassion. Learn to teach social skills training, relaxation and somatic management techniques.

Meditation, group learning, role play, and group presentations, practicum and retreat.

Inquiry, guided discovery, journaling, interpersonal dynamics, and creative processes using art, clay, puppets, sand tray, metaphor and story.

Reflective supervision on personal practice, case work, discussion, interactive seminar, experiential, group focused and collaborative learning. All resources provided.

Dates – Dublin

Fridays: 15th September, 13th October, 10th November, 8th December, 2017 & 19th January, 9th February, 9th March, 20th April, 11th May and 14th June.

Total hours: 60: 10am to 5pm.
Cost: €595.00


Participants on this programme must hold a professional qualification in counselling, mental health, education/teaching or youth work. Please telephone 087-7989 301 or email; info@mindfulnessclinic.ie w: mindfulnessclinic.ie


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, PG Diploma, M. Ed). He has a Masters in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy, BSc in Reflective Practice and Diploma in Clinical Supervision.

The Mindfulness Clinic, 10 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Feeback from Previous Course

The course has been excellent on all levels. The inputs presented in such an attractive visual way, the exercises and the resources given to participants to use in practice, all brought together by the facilitator who embodies mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness has been incorporated in my daily living. I am aware of the benefits. I also use the practices in my work with students. I am very grateful to have been a part of this group.

I have found this course of huge benefit both professional and personally. I have used exercises for myself and have found that these simple practices has really enhanced my work. The notes and learning was superb and in turn I am more creative with my client work. It has been so worth every penny. Probably the most beneficial part-time course I have ever attended. The facilitator shared endlessly his experience and his knowledge collected through his work, research and practice. A rare opportunity in education. Thank you.

What a wonderful experience. Theory, sharing, learning, and experiential. True learning, deep integration and rich understanding with invaluable insights into the how, why, when, who and what type of interventions to use with young people. A superb and deeply nourishing course of reflection on prior learning and linking theories with practices which will enrich my personal and professional life. Many thanks to the facilitator for his kindness, understanding, care, interest and gentleness. What a privilege to attend this outstanding course.

Very thorough, well prepared, generously resourced. Containment very strong. Good balance of thinking and experiential work.

What a wonderful course. Thank you. I highly recommend this training to others. I have hugely benefitted from the facilitators calm presence and the experiential aspect of the course. A deeply self-caring educational experience.

I loved the pace and mixture of learning methods including video, guidance, and experiential sharing. I learnt a lot although I do not work with under 18s, it has been very useful. The CBT component of the course is so different to other workshops I have attended. It is so practical, interesting and makes so much sense.

I found the course to be extremely useful and of great benefit personally in enhancing my selfcare and professionally with clients. Really enjoyed the facilitators presentation which was skilfully paced. A very informative course with a wide variety of handouts and resources.

Great course, strongly recommend it to colleagues. I am already applying it educational settings and I am receiving positive feedback from young people with improvements in school performance and behaviour.

I loved the experiential nature of the course. The facilitator has a fabulous mind and has a bottomless pit of information. This course embodied quality and integrity.

Really enjoyed the course, very nourishing for myself and lots of practical tools for working with adolescents and adult clients. Going away with lots of additional tools and resources. Superb delivery.

I had a wonderful experience throughout this course. I gained so much experience that I can take away into my practice. I strongly recommend this course. Once again thank you to the facilitator for putting himself right into the experience.

This has been a very informative and a very enjoyable experience of learning and practice. The information supplied has been superb and the online reading and references extremely useful. Guidance of mindfulness and meditation practice at each session put me at ease and prepared me for deeper listening.

My experience of this training has been very enjoyable. Every day, a new topic and theme with lots of practice. I loved the psychological, neuroscience and the research aspect of this training as it adds substance and deep understanding as to how the mind and body work together. I loved the videos, practical elements, painting and creative skills and tools to engage young people.

Where do I begin. I learned so much. I enjoyed every second of this course. I learned so much and I am passing on these skills and learning to my students. The course was intelligently designed and resourced with skills and interventions to use within the classroom and individual counselling with adolescents. The facilitator has given so much and so generously. This course has given me so much, personally and professionally. I am very grateful.

Very positive experience. Great handouts. Loved the experiential work. Using art as an intervention was very powerful. Very practical course and already putting these skills into practice.

My experience of this course gave me a deeper and fuller understanding of applying mindfulness with CBT. Before the course, I thought these modalities were like oil and water and didn’t mix.

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"It has greatly exceeded my expectations having done mindfulness before. I feel that anything I was doing before is now completely strengthened and improved by this experience. It was a pleasure to be a part of this course and I am accrediting the course to my contentment and improving happiness"

June 2014
"A wonderful course, really gained a thorough knowledge of how mindfulness works. A life-changing experience for me, definitely recommend this course"

December, 2014
"This course was much more than I ever expected… I would rate it as the most enriching, the most educational and the most wholly encompassing of my career in psychology and therapy to date"

Counselling Psychologist
"I was a bit sceptical about the whole thing coming into the course but I was so wrong. I have been so lucky to experience this at such a young age and have learned skills that I will take with me for life. Overall life-changing experience"

18 year-old, 2014
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