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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7th April 2021 – 28th April 2021 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Guiding and supporting clients through crisis, uncertainty and difficulty

Learn about the stages of Crisis Fatigue (Harvard Medical School) and stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 psychological interventions. Develop skills from CBT, ACT, DBT, Resilience, Compassion-Based Approaches, Positive Psychology and Neuroscience that will get results and positive outcomes.

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In addition to its staggering impact on physical well-being and mortality, COVID-19 and the pandemic-related restrictions are taking an overwhelming toll on our mental and wellbeing (Galea, Merchant & Lurie, 2020; Fiorillo & Gorwood, 2020). Numerous studies over the last nine months have shown global increases in the prevalence of issues relating to mental health including severity of depression, anxiety, insomnia, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress.

Join a group of mental health professionals and counsellors for a unique 12-hour training with weekly three-hour live meetings and develop essential skills in supporting and resourcing clients to remain calm, connected, and responsive during these difficult times.

Learn to:

Support your clients to recognise and manage the different stages of crisis fatigue and pandemic-related stress.

Develop skills to explore the relationship between pandemic-related stress factors (PRSF) and anxiety.

Support the daily challenges experienced by Frontline healthcare workers including anxieties relating to increased infection risk, the impact of working with COVID-19, and the concerns about passing the coronavirus to family members (Greenberg, Docherty, & Wessely, 2020).

Explore and integrative five principles for wellbeing and resilience during times of crisis and uncertainty.

Understand and respond to health anxiety, overwhelming feelings of anxiety, loss of control, and intense emotions during a pandemic.

Utilise evidence-based interventions to enhance psychological wellbeing by supporting your clients to develop positive habits of mind to enhance mood positively.

Support clients to maintain structure, routine, relationships and mood while self-isolating and staying indoors.

Teach your clients coping skills, self-compassion and key skills from CBT-i and pandemic-related insomnia. Practical strategies to overcome sleep dysregulation triggered by interruption, lack of structure and working from home.

Deepen your understanding of neuroscience, the evolutionary brain and Buddhist psychology to make sense of the responsive and reactionary instincts that take place during a crisis.

Explore, adapt, and respond to issues presented by our clients including insomnia, exhaustion, vulnerability, existential concerns, anticipatory grief, anxiety, loss of freedom, helplessness, and trauma.

Develop relational skills for adapting to online and telephone counselling and helping to resource your clients during the uncertainty of lockdown and social distancing. Integrate guidance and resources for delivering treatment remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Enhance the therapeutic space between therapist and client as we adapt and respond to online therapy.

Receive weekly notes and exercises to share with clients and activities that support self-care, self-reflection and self-practice to remain calm, connected and present.

Course Details

Wednesday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm, 7, 14, 21, 28 April 2021

Cost: €95 for 12-hour live training | Ongoing training please email info@mindfulnessclinic.ie for next available training.

Facilitator / Trainer:

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, M. Ed). He has a Masters in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy, and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision. He is currently pursuing research interested at the University of Oxford and training at The International Centre for Clinical Excellence.

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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.