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, 15 October from 10am to 4.30pm Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney

This one-day workshop will cover understanding of the particular issues, skills and interventions required to work with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviours (compulsions) and feels the urge to repeat over and over. These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress. OCD and obsessional thinking patterns have significantly increased during the pandemic. Therapists require specific knowledge and training in working with clients presenting OCD.

Participants will gain knowledge and competence in:

  • Understanding the OCD cycle, rituals and OCD Spectrum Disorders.
  • Causes and maintaining factors of OCD including behavioural, biological, emotional, and cognitive symptoms: ruminations, intrusive thoughts, doubts, beliefs and mental contamination.
  • Assessment and Comorbidity. How is OCD diagnosed?
  • Collaboratively deriving a specific OCD formulation.
  • Overview of various OCD treatment options including CBT, Mindfulness, Habit Reversal Training, Exposure Therapy (EX/RP).
  • The role of cognitive and behavioural factors in OCD, including:

    • Cognitive biases and selective attention
    • Rumination and obsessive thinking
    • Doubting and difficulty in tolerating uncertainty
    • Thought-action fusion and Thought-Object fusion
    • Inflated sense of responsibility and power
    • Internal safety seeking and compulsive behaviours
    • The role of checking and reassurance seeking
    • Symmetry obsessions and orderliness
    • Harm obsessions and checking obsessions
  • Use of a wide range of active treatment techniques to help clients work towards their goals.
  • Exposure plus response prevention and the use of behavioural experiments. How to conduct vivo exposures and imaginal exposures.
  • Developing a Theory A and Theory B alternative.
  • Psychoeducation and Intervention.
  • Understanding different forms of OCD including sexual obsessions, SO-OCD, HOCD, POCD, ROCD, religious, scrupulosity, real events OCD, Harm OCD, contamination, and perinatal OCD.

Course methods include seminar, discussions, video, case studies, experiential exercises, practical interventions, notes and certificate, and 5.5 hours CPD.

Cost: €75
Location: Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney

Course facilitator: Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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.