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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20th January 2022 – 10th March 2022 | 4pm to 5.30pm

12 hours certificate skills-based learning.

The Certificate in CBT and Mindfulness offers guidance counsellors and mental health professionals skills-based and practical resources to integrate this empirically supported approach into counselling. An interactive and skills-based teaching approach with case studies, discussions, handouts and teaching resources will support your learning to improve your understanding of CBT and mindfulness.

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Learn these skills in a positive, supportive learning environment with practical interventions for supporting adolescents to work through anxiety, panic, low mood, and social anxiety. Specific applications for use with parents and in the classroom as a teaching resource make this approach adaptable and pragmatic.

  • Proven, practical techniques you can use with adolescents for the most common presenting problems, including anxiety, panic, low mood and anger.
  • Educate and socialise teenagers to the CBT session structure to achieve positive clinical outcomes and learn to monitor progress outcome through measures to improve therapy outcomes.
  • Formulate the key components of CBT practice that will help you as a counsellor to understand the case presentation, symptoms and cycles of dysfunctional thinking and maladaptive behaviours.
  • Learn the art of guided discovery and Socratic questioning to motivate and engage teenagers in CBT and mindfulness, identifying goals, relevant homework and symptom management.
  • Enhance the therapeutic relationship by building a strong collaborative relationship and tailor therapy through feedback, client preferences and deliberate practice via rehearsal of key skills from cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • Rehearse via role-playing to overcome some of the most common objections, challenges, resistance and problems that counsellors encounter at each stage of therapy.
  • Develop strategies to manage your anxiety, awareness of experiential avoidance and professional drift, and a skills-based approach to managing challenging cases.
  • Support clients to solicit automatic negative thoughts, core beliefs, schemas, assumptions, and support the client to modify self-defeating talk and behaviours.
  • Understand specific protocols and interventions for panic attacks, phobias, perfectionism, procrastination, OCD, and ADHD.
  • Support teenagers to overcome low mood through behavioural activation, thought records, mood diaries and help reduce rumination and maladaptive behaviours.
  • Implement mindfulness skills for Emotional Regulation and Relapse Prevention to increase your client’s coping skills, resilience, wellbeing and functioning.
  • Learn about the latest research, outcome studies and neurobiological findings.
  • Understand the CBT model in the context of family dynamics and how the teenager and parent’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviours interact to maintain problems.
  • Recognise case presentations that require additional support and when to refer for further assessment.


Participants on this course are required to have a qualification in mental health or psychotherapy or guidance counselling.

Dates & Details

Thursdays, 4pm to 5:30pm. Dates: 20, 27 January, 3, 10, 17, 24 February, 3, 10 March 2022 Cost: €160 includes notes, booklet, and certificate.

Further information: T: 087-7989 301 | E: info@mindfulnessclinic.ie | mindfulnessclinic.ie


Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP, MIACP has been extensively trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), PG Diploma University of Oxford, MSt Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), university of Oxford. He has trained at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy, Philadelphia with Aaron T. Beck and Judith Beck and at Cambridge University, M.Ed. in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling. He is currently pursuing research interests at the University of Oxford. Gerry is committed to skills-based learning, Feedback Informed Treatment, Deliberate Practice and helping clinicians to understand theories in a pragmatic way.

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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.