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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24th January 2022 – 19th December 2022 | 5pm – 6:30pm

As more and more therapists and mental health professionals learn about interpersonal neurobiology and contemplative practices, there is an increasing desire to translate theoretical and philosophical principles into practical applications for use with clients.

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Mind is a 12-month training that will enhance your practice as a mental health professional with the latest findings from neurobiology, contemplative science and evidence-based psychotherapy.

A broad range of psychological and interpersonal issues will be addressed, including attachment, emotion, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, challenging presentations, resilience, and interventions that offer a uniquely holistic, compassionate and integrative approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Mind will focus on the work of Richard Davidson, Allan Schore, Louis Cozolino, Janina Fisher, Susan Johnson, Richard C. Schwartz, Stephen Porges, Daniel Amen, Sara Lazar, Daniel Siegel, Daniel Stern, Mark Epstein, Pat Ogden, Rich Hanson, Peter Levine, Tara Brach, Babette Rothschild and Shauna Shapiro.

  • Foundations of Buddhist psychology and wisdom traditions
  • The neuroscience of meditation
  • Fundamentals of mindfulness
  • Practical and clinical applications of mindfulness
  • The neurobiology of feeling safe and the nervous system
  • Bottom-up processing, affect regulation
  • The brain throughout the lifespan
  • The brain throughout the lifespan
  • Attunement, attachment and the limbic system
  • Self-directed neuroplasticity and healing
  • Trauma-sensitive mindfulness
  • Transpersonal and contemplative practice
  • Neural integration and the social brain
  • Relationships and regulation
  • The neuroscience of compassion and kindness

Learn to weave insights and practices from contemplative psychology into your therapeutic approach to improve clinical outcomes in clients experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, addiction and more. Develop essential interventions for supporting clients in integrating mindfulness into daily life as they learn skills in attention, compassion, relaxation, wellbeing, emotional regulation, and resilience.

Mondays – evening monthly online meetings from 5pm to 6.30pm.
24 January, 21 February, 21 March, 25 April, 23 May, 27 June, 25 July, 29 August, 26 September, 24 October, 28 November, 19 December 2022.

In-person training: 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 22 May and 22 October 2022, Ashling Hotel, Dublin.

Cost: €195 including 18 hours online training, 12 hours in-person training, certificate, notes, resources.

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.