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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21st October 2021 – 09th December 2021 | 4pm – 5:30pm

Are you looking to push your clinical effectiveness to the next level?

How and why are some therapist better than others? Learn what factors truly make a therapist superior and integrate this learning in your work. Learn from the evidence about 3 “stubborn facts” that emerge from research on counselling and psychotherapy.

  • Dropout rates average 47%.
  • Mental health professionals frequently fail to identify failing cases.
  • 1 out of 10 consumers (clients) accounts for 60-70% expenditure in mental health settings

This eight-week interactive training draws on the core principles of learning about what works in psychotherapy as a framework to enhance your clinical skills in becoming a more effective therapist.

  • Improve your ability to engage, retain and support your clients. Learn about the main errors that therapists make in the first session with a new client.
  • Describe the relationship between therapists’ years of experience and their clients’ outcomes.
  • Name and integrate at least five therapeutic skills that improve treatment outcome across all models of psychotherapy.
  • Learn how to make the best use of clinical supervision and understand the common mistakes that are made in supervision.
  • Develop relational skills by making incremental adjustments to engage clients to achieve better results.
  • Enhance skills in empathy, deep listening and presence. Understand the relational mistakes therapists make when working with developmental trauma or anxious clients.
  • Transform your understanding of noncompliance and resistance as process issues that can be explored through the therapeutic relationship.
  • Integrate client preferences and adjust your therapeutic approach in response to what clients need and want.
  • Apply routine monitoring and feedback to track client outcomes and the therapeutic alliance.
  • Focus on interpersonal and relational skills which are measurable and teachable.
  • Understand the process and narrative dynamics of burnout, relational fatigue and vicarious trauma.
  • Comprehend and synthesise over seventy years of research in what works in psychotherapy.

Dates & Details

Thursdays: 21st October to 09th December 2021 from 4pm to 5.30pm. Total hours 12 hours. Course includes certificate, notes, and flashcards to support learning and deliberate practice. Online via Zoom training platform. Cost €150. Further details available at mindfulnessclinic.ie.

Facilitator

Gerry Cunningham came to study psychotherapy at postgraduate level (Dublin City University) from an academic background firmly rooted in the humanities (MA in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy). He has been extensively trained in Mindfulness-based approaches and cognitive behavioural therapy (PG Diploma in CBT, University of Oxford, Masters in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, University of Oxford). Gerry is a qualified clinical supervisor and child and adolescent psychotherapist M. Ed. in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling, University of Cambridge.

Gerry has a private practice at The Mindfulness Clinic and provides specialised treatment approaches for Borderline Personality, Bi-Polar I and is particularly skilled at working through complex presentations. His approach to supervision is cutting-edge and creative with a central focus on the therapeutic relationship, client outcome, and collaborative communities. He is currently pursuing research interests at the University of Oxford and training at The International Centre for Clinical Excellence.

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.