Mindfulness Courses & Training

The Mindfulness Clinic is committed to the promotion of wellbeing through the integration of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the practice of Mindfulness. Our mission is to embody, guide and nurture mindful and compassionate living. We teach eight-week Mindfulness courses MBSR, MBCT and one-day workshops to individuals, mental health professionals, voluntary and community groups.

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Film screenings, Dublin, Saturdays 2pm to 5.30pm. 28 January, 25 February, 25 March, 22 April, 27 May and 24 June 2023.

Online training: Mondays, 10am to 1pm. 30 January, 27 February, 27 March, 24 April, 29 May and 26 June 2023.

In-person and online €350 (18 hours CPD)


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The cinematic case study approach is a unique form of immersive training and deliberate practice that supports therapists in developing therapeutic relationships. This approach draws on attachment theory and cinematic case studies to create an environment where practitioners can facilitate relational engagement with their clients by creating templates for healthier relationships.

A key element of this approach is the improvisational method of “scene-work” to create a realistic portrayal of the challenges therapists face when treating patients with relational trauma and attachment issues. Experiential learning of this kind provides therapists with an invaluable opportunity to gain insight into how their client’s attachment styles personally affect their client and the therapist’s attachment style.

Participants will gain knowledge and competence in:

  • Putting attachment theory into practice through formulation and case discussion.
  • Creating roadmaps for healing, autonomy, boundary and self-regulation.
  • Understanding attachment science, interpersonal neurobiology, emotion, family systems and attachment wounds.
  • Teaching skills to develop secure emotional attachment.
  • Working with disorganised and chaotic attachment styles, schema, affect dysregulation, and maladaptive attachment seeking behaviours.
  • Supporting clients’ with complex presentations including abandonment, addiction, and shame.
  • Identifying Co-dependency, enmeshed attachment and unhelpful relational patterns.
  • Repairing relational attachment trauma.
  • Strengthening and repairing attachment bonds through the therapeutic relationship.
  • Tracing the securely attached journey across the lifespan and attachment patterning.
  • Exploring theories from Bowlby, Ainsworth, Winnicott, Fonagy, Hughes, and McCluskey.

Six monthly Saturday matinee screenings in cinema (Dublin) with 3-hour monthly online training workshops (one Monday morning per month), January to June 2023. The cinematic case-study approach includes six monthly screenings on the theme attachment.

Film screenings: Dublin, Saturdays 2pm to 5.30pm. 28 January, 25 February, 25 March, 22 April, 27 May and 24 June 2023.

Online training: Mondays, 10am to 1pm. 30 January, 27 February, 27 March, 24 April, 29 May and 26 June 2023.

Cost: €350, including notes, resources, cinema screenings, and 18 CPD training hours, certificate, licensed film agreement.

Trainer: Gerry Cunningham


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Mindfulness Training, or Mindfulness Courses, may not be considered suitable at this time for those affected with acute depression, active or recent substance alcohol or drug addictions (recommendation two years full sobriety for Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention), PTSD, Bi-polar disorder, current or past psychosis, significant long standing interpersonal difficulties, recent trauma or significant recent or unresolved loss.

The Mindfulness Clinic recommends organising a one-to-one consultation to see if this training is suitable for you at this time.

Mindfulness is not the answer for all life’s problems. Rather it is that all life’s problems can be seen more clearly through the lens of a clear mind”. Jon Kabat-Zinn, pp. 25-26, 1991.

Acknowledgements for exclusion criteria: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Standards of Practice, edited by Saki F. Santorelli, Centre for Mindfulness University of Massachusetts, Director of Stress Reduction Program, February, 2014.