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.
Transforming the Inner Critic – In-person workshop for mental health professionals
29th March 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 29th June 2023 @ 9:00 pm| €75
Saturday, 17 September 2022 from 10am to 4.30pm, Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney
The inner critic is learned early in life, deeply ingrained in our beliefs about ourselves, and is often born out of a need to protect ourselves from hurt or disappointment. However, the inner critic can become harmful, leading to self-destructive or sabotaging behaviours.
The loudest voice in our heads is closely associated with core beliefs, self-judgment, rumination, shame, guilt, fears, procrastination, depression, trauma and eating disorders.
Exploring the inner critic is vital in learning new skills to soften and transform self-destructive, critical and sabotaging thinking patterns in therapy. Through greater self-awareness and understanding, our clients can begin to challenge and change the negative messages of the inner critic. With time and practice, our clients can learn to quieten their inner critics and hold more space for self-compassion, kindness and wisdom.
At this one-day workshop, learn to:
- Support clients who criticise themselves and get stuck in patterns of over-thinking, indecision and perfectionism
- Apply insights from attachment, developmental psychology and neuroscience that lead to the formation of the inner critic
- Develop a new perspective on how the inner critic operates and teach simple applications for a growth mindset
- Empower your clients by engaging in a new theory of mind to help them overcome self-doubt and insecurity.
- Understand the neurobiology of unhelpful and critical thinking patterns to engage clients in brain-savvy interventions from self-compassion and mindfulness.
- Transform negative, harsh, critical self-talk and introjects by integrating creative processes from Family Internal Systems, Schema Therapy, Voice Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy
- Apply pragmatic techniques from CBT to help your clients identify destructive thoughts or voices that cause suffering and self-limiting behaviours
- Progress therapy with helpful strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to transform self-schema and connect clients with their authentic self
- Promote attainable steps for purpose and meaningful change, and align life with values, well-being and happiness
Location: Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney
Training includes: 5.5 hours CPD, certificate, notes, resources and refreshments.
Course Trainer: 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.
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.