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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Wednesday mornings, 9am to 10.00am

9.30am – 4.30pm (6 CPD hours)
from 10 April to 29 May 2024, café style learning. Course includes certificate of attendance (8 CPD hours) and resources. Fee: €125.

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Equip yourself with essential interventions tailored for clients struggling with overthinking, rumination, and unhelpful thinking patterns. While overthinking is not classified as a mental illness, this eight-week training highlights its associations with conditions such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, perfectionism, low self-esteem, and insomnia. Studies indicate that overthinking is linked to depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Kaiser et al., 2016). The bidirectional relationship between overthinking and mental health issues will be explored, revealing key insights into its impact on mood (Michl et al., 2013).

Key Learning Points:

Understanding Overthinking Dynamics:

  • Uncover the habits of the mind associated with overthinking.
  • Explore rumination in clients dealing with chronic pain, illness, anxiety, depression, and social anxiety.

Interventions for Negative Thinking Patterns:

  • Assist clients in reducing negative thinking, rumination, perfectionism, reactivity, and destructive behaviours.
  • Understand subconscious rules for living and introjects shaping clients’ behaviours and decisions.

Core Beliefs Exploration:

  • Explore deep-seated core beliefs influencing perceptions and life scripts.
  • Understand how schemas and cognitive frameworks shape worldviews.

Cognitive Strategies:

  • Thought Monitoring: Teach your clients to utilise thought records to track recurring thoughts. Identify patterns and challenge negative or unhelpful thinking by questioning their accuracy and considering alternative perspectives.
  • Positive Reappraisal: Counteract self-critical thoughts with more accurate thinking processes.

Procrastination Dynamics:

  • Uncover the underlying factors contributing to procrastination and avoidance.
  • Explore the impact of procrastination on mental well-being and daily functioning.
  • Implement effective strategies to break the cycle of procrastination and enhance productivity.

Perfectionism Unveiled:

  • Dissect the intricacies of perfectionistic tendencies in clients.
  • Explore the psychological roots of perfectionism and its impact on self-esteem.
  • Develop tailored interventions to address perfectionism, fostering a healthier relationship with personal standards.

Integration of Therapeutic Approaches:

  • Extract insights from MBCT, ACT, DBT, and CBT.
  • Explore the doing mode and driven modes of the mind.
  • Master decentering, diffusion, and skills in metacognition.

Managing the Inner Critic and Impostor Syndrome:

  • Confront and navigate the inner critic and address the impostor syndrome.
  • Gain valuable insights into Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for addressing self-critical thoughts and nurturing self-compassion.
  • Help your clients develop a kinder and more understanding relationship with themselves, fostering emotional resilience.

Mindfulness Amid Oscillating Thoughts:

  • Teach mindfulness techniques to anchor your clients in the present moment.
  • Develop the ability to observe oscillating thoughts without judgment.
  • Cultivate practices that foster a balanced and non-reactive mindset, reducing the impact of constant mental fluctuations.
  • Practice simple mindfulness exercises to calm the mind, and enhance clarity in thinking.

Navigating Ambivalence:

  • Understand the underlying reasons for ambivalence in specific situations.
  • Explore conflicting emotions and values contributing to ambivalence.
  • Support your clients to develop coping mechanisms to manage discomfort and move towards clarity or resolution.

Doubt-Reducing Techniques:

  • Recognise the self-limiting nature of persistent doubt.
  • Challenge irrational or unfounded doubts through cognitive restructuring.
  • Build self-trust by acknowledging past successes and strengths, fostering a more positive mindset or growth mindset.

OCD Treatment Options

  • Overview of various OCD treatment options including CBT, Mindfulness, Habit Reversal Training, Exposure Therapy (EX/RP).
  • Understand the oscillating nature of obsessional thinking, cognitive biases, and selective attention.
  • Understand the links between thought-action fusion, internal safety seeking and compulsive behaviours.

Overthinking and PTSD: Navigating the Mental Maze

  • Support your clients to work with intrusive thoughts relating to trauma including self-perpetuating cycles where over-analysis exacerbates traumatic symptoms, and traumatic memories fuel overthinking.

Course Details

Wednesday mornings, 9am to 10.00am from 10 April to 29 May 2024
Facilitator: Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP, MIACP
Cost: €125

Training includes notes and certificate and 8 hours CPD training. Participants on this course are welcome to attend a one-day live workshop of this training which will take place in Dublin and Cork in autumn 2024. No extra charges apply for attending the workshop.

Booking: mindfulnessclinic.ie | info@mindfulnessclinic.ie | 087-7989 301

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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.