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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Online and in-person training
Commences: Monday, 30 January 2023 from 5pm to 6.30pm ONLINE
Course finishes: on Monday, 18 December 2023

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. Yet therapists struggle to incorporate mindfulness interventions into their practice.

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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 wide range of psychological and interpersonal issues will be addressed, including attachment, emotion, trauma, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, bipolar, borderline, anxiety, and depression. The creative and experiential interventions offer a uniquely holistic, compassionate and integrative approach to mental health and wellbeing.

MIND draws on a range of psychotherapeutic theories, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, narrative, polyvagal, havening, humanistic, existential, creative and mindfulness-based approaches. MIND will focus on the work of Richard Davidson, Allan Schore, Louis Cozolino, Janina Fisher, Stephen Porges, Sara Lazar, Daniel Siegel, Daniel Stern, Pat Ogden, Babette Rothschild and Shauna Shapiro.

Topics Include:

  • The neuroscience of meditation
  • Foundations of Buddhist psychology and wisdom traditions
  • 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
  • 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

Meditation, class practice (pro-social practices including meditations on gratitude, generosity, compassion, acceptance, loving kindness, equanimity, and advanced techniques in helping clients reframe, reconsolidate and integrate new learning through mindfulness, self-compassion and visualisation.

Inquiry, guided discovery, journaling, interpersonal dynamics and creative process using art, clay and visual media.

Reflective supervision on personal practice, case work, discussion.

Interactive, experiential, group focused and collaborative learning.

Reading, reflection and discussion on current research and clinical integration of mindfulness into various practice settings. Monthly research emails with the latest research in mindfulness, neuroscience and contemplative practice
Learn to incorporate simple step-by-step guidance for practical mindfulness interventions to help your client with acceptance, self-regulation and healing.

MIND | contemplative neuroscience training will guide participants in developing their regular mindfulness practice whilst integrating it with their therapeutic and clinical work. The process of a mindfulness-based approach to psychotherapy is facilitated through mindfulness practice, lectures and skills within the context of personal, interpersonal and group inquiry.

The training group learns to cultivate and deepen awareness as a primary psychotherapeutic and transformative tool. This program will explore the theory, research and essential skills, especially mindfulness and self-compassion, for deliberately cultivating wisdom and compassion in psychotherapy.

Online training:
Mondays, 5pm to 6.30pm, 30 January, 27 February, 27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June, 31 July, 28 August, 25 September, 23 October, 27 November and 18 December.

In-Person Training:
Saturdays, 13 May and 14 October from 10am to 5pm
The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

Training includes:
30 hours CPD, certificate, notes, resources, flashcards, refreshments.

Cost: €195

Course Trainer:
Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP, MIACP

An outstanding course, essential training for every mental health professional. The depth and quality of interventions has reignited my therapeutic practice and presence with enhanced awareness for appropriate interventions to apply with different clients. Creative, inspiring, practice and robust correlations to the origins of psychotherapy, wisdom traditions and the latest studies on neuroscience”. Psychotherapist

I would encourage every psychotherapist and mental health professional to avail of this training. The sense of generosity of the course is quite remarkable. Therapeutic cards, notes, podcasts, book of poetry which is a treasure chest and a wonderful resource. I feel it is going to take some time to absorb and integrate all this learning. The presenter has covered so much. I leave with a deep sense of gratitude for the experience, learning and the creativity of this course”. Psychotherapist

Thank you so much for your gentle and compassionate guiding of this group. Your humour, knowledge and integrity shone through and you were able to pace and guide the group in such a respectful way. I have learnt so much and it has been the best professional and personal programme I have engaged with for a long time. This course is wonderfully informative and beautifully experiential. Thank you for meeting “the contemplative space” with such authenticity and humanity. This is so encouraging for us as we journey at this level. Your “attending” is supreme, your holding is sold, your understanding is welcoming and open”. Psychotherapist

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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.