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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Saturday, 7 October from 10am to 4.00pm, Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney. | Cost €75

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Join us for a transformative workshop on LGBTQIA+ informed care and affirmative therapy. This one-day workshop is designed for therapists and healthcare professionals who want to expand their knowledge and skills in providing compassionate and effective care to LGBTQIA+ clients.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Explore up-to-date terminology when working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, ensuring respectful and inclusive language choices. Discuss offensive words that may unknowingly be used and learn how to create a safe and affirming environment for your clients. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the language used in the LGBTQIA+ community, enabling respectful and inclusive communication. Resources include a comprehensive glossary of phrases, definitions, and terms relating to sexuality, gender and relationships.
  • Gain a deep understanding of the spectrum of gender identities, including cisgender, transgender, and non-binary, and explore the nuances and challenges individuals face within these identities.
  • Understand relationship diversity, learn about different relationship structures, including monogamy, polyamory, and other forms of non-traditional relationships, and understand the unique dynamics and considerations involved.
  • Learn strategies to create an open and non-judgmental space for discussing sexual practices, addressing any discomfort or bias.
  • Understand the impact of heterosexual privilege on LGBTQIA+ clients and develop strategies for providing more comprehensive and inclusive care.
  • Examine the principles of gay affirmative psychotherapy and how to address and challenge homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia within therapeutic settings.
  • Explore the complexities of the coming out process, understanding the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals and how to support them. Discuss the distinct stages of coming out and gain interventions to guide clients through this significant process.
  • Gain knowledge and skills in identifying and addressing internalised homo-bi-trans-phobia, depression, shame, self-harming behaviours, suicidality, and anxiety in LGBTQIA+ clients.
  • Examine the impact of stigma on mental health from childhood to adulthood, and learn how to support clients in overcoming these challenges.
  • Learn about sex and sexuality in the context of LGBTQIA+ individuals, including important considerations and inquiries in therapeutic settings.
  • Explore strategies to reduce harmful interactions and promote healthier connections for LGBTQIA+ individuals on dating apps.
  • Understand the generational differences that inform treatment plans for LGBTQIA+ clients, allowing for tailored interventions.
  • Bridge the gap between LGBTQIA-friendly and LGBTQIA-informed care, ensuring you have the necessary tools and up-to-date information to counsel LGBTQIA+ clients and couples effectively.
  • Learn specialised interventions to reduce the impact of discrimination, microaggressions, and heterocentric norms in therapeutic settings.
  • Create a gender-affirming, safe, and trusting environment for your clients, mitigating the traumatic effects of shame and minority stress.
  • Gain insights into gender, gender identity, gender expression, transitioning, sexual orientation, and various LGBTQIA+ terms and definitions.
  • Equip yourself with the tools and knowledge to confidently work with clients across the sexuality-gender spectrum, providing gender-affirming care.
  • Develop a comprehensive approach to working with LGBTQ+ clients at any phase and on any part of the sexuality-gender spectrums, integrating time-tested research and up-to-date movements in the field.

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By attending this workshop, you will become an ally in supporting LGBTQIA+ individuals on their journey to well-being and self-acceptance. Join us and enhance your ability to provide compassionate, informed, and affirming care to LGBTQIA+ clients.

Workshop includes resources, handbook of glossary terms, certificate, and refreshments. Cost: €75.

Booking, further information: T: 087-7989 301 | E: info@mindfulnessclinic.ie | mindfulnessclinic.ie


Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP

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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.