The Mindfulness Clinic, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2

Mindfulness Training 2014 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction including the Mindfulness Experience commences Monday 6 October to 1 December, from 7pm to 9.30pm (eight Mondays). Cost €295 includes book Mindfulness, Living in a Frantic World, notes, CDs and full day of retreat with lunch and refreshments, follow-up one-day new year retreat and one-to-one consultation included. Facilitator: Gerry Cunningham, MSt Mindfulness, University of Oxford.

This course combines the essential elements of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

"It has greatly exceeded my expectations having done mindfulness before. I feel that anything I was doing before is now completely strengthened and improved by this experience. It was a pleasure to be a part of this course and I am accrediting the course to my contentment and improving happiness". Participant on MBSR/MBCT, June, 2014

Mindfulness is about learning to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, the body and the world around us - an awareness of "present experience with acceptance" (Germer et al, 2005).   Participants are taught to observe their habitual automatic and unhelpful cognitive reactions while at the same time learning to interact with their thoughts and emotions in a less judgemental and more compassionate way.  Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily living to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. 

In MBCT programmes, participants meet together as a class (10-12 participants) 2 hours per week for eight weeks, plus one all day session between weeks 5 and 7. We start by developing an awareness of what is happening in our experience. We do this through mindfulness practices such as the body scan, mindful yoga, sitting meditation and being mindful of other activities such as walking or eating. We learn how to be with our experience as it is, instead of pushing away unwanted thoughts, emotions or other experiences. The main "work" is done at home between classes. There is a set of CDs to accompany the programme, notes and a copy of "Mindfulness a Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World", by Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman.  In the classes, there is an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise and how to deal with them skillfully.

Over the eight weeks of the program, the practices help you:

  • to become familiar with the workings of your mind
  • to notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals, rumination and self-destructive thoughts
  • to explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being.
  • to lower levels of emotional distress and reduce levels of stress
  • to put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world
  • to notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head
  • to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals.
  • to find a way so you don't have to battle with yourself all the time
  • to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time.

Research shows that Mindfulness is enormously empowering for clients with chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and gastrointestinal disorders, as well as for psychological problems such as anxiety, panic, stress and relapse prevention for clients in remission from depression or recovery from addiction. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed specifically to help people who are prone to recurring depression and low mood. 

Course commences Monday, 6 October from 7pm to 9.30pm for eight Monday evenings (1 December, no class on Monday, 27 October) and one full day of Mindfulness. 

Cost of training: €295 includes CDs, course notes, Mindfulness a Practice Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, and 24 hours of mindfulness-based training

Facilitator Profile 

Gerry came to study psychotherapy at postgraduate level (DCU) from an academic background firmly rooted in the humanities (MA in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy). He has been extensively trained in mindfulness-based approaches and cognitive therapy and studied for three years at the Department of Psychiatry Oxford University (MSt Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Post Grad Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and opened the Mindfulness Clinic, Fitzwilliam Square in 2012.  Gerry practices, teaches, and researches mindfulness-based interventions.  He has presented several innovative mindfulness workshops throughout 2013 which includes: Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy for GPs and Health Professionals, Therapeutic Presence and the Present Moment, Mindfulness for Managers, Mindfulness for Academics, Mindfulness for Student Advisors, Mindful Leadership and eight-week training for Mental Health Professionals.  He has attended training with some of the leading experts in Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mark Williams, Zindel Segal, John Teasdale, Daniel Siegel, Jack Kornfield, Christopher Germer, Kristen Neff, Aaron Beck and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.  Gerry has a private practice at the Mindfulness Clinic and provides tailored treatment approaches in CBT, counselling and psychotherapy. He is currently pursuing research interests at the University of Oxford. 

 

Quantitative data collated on completion of the one day workshop Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy, Essential Skills for GPs and Health Professionals, 23 November, 2013

Participants completed evaluations and indicated one of the following categories for each question: 

strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree or strongly disagree. 

The facilitator knew his subject thoroughly:  95% strongly agreed, 5% agreed

I would recommend this workshop to a friend or colleague. 78% strongly agreed, 22% agreed.

The workshop satisfied my own needs and expectations: 72% strongly agreed, 28% agreed

Qualitative data from the one day workshop: Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy, Essential Skills for GPs and Health Professionals, Saturday, 23 November, 2013

Thank you, a very interesting, knowledgeable well-presented workshop

Very helpful, I would highly recommend this course for GPs for patient and self-care

Great learning environment to explore the concepts

Great day, many thanks, good to heave a mix of GPs, therapists and psychologists and to hear different perspectives 

Very good, I liked the mix of research and actual practice

Excellent insight, broadening my understanding of this model and therapeutic options

Very enjoyable course, thought-provoking on both a personal and professional level

Wonderful, amazing amount covered in one day

Very enjoyable and very interesting neurophysiological updates, very well informed facilitator.

 

Mindfulness for Managers, UCD, 21 October, 2013

Did you find this course of benefit to work, personal life, both or other?

91.67% of the respondents found the course beneficial to both work and personal life and 8.33% reported finding the course beneficial to personal life.

In relation to the facilitator, how would you rate the standard of presentation/delivery of training -  Excellent, good, average, poor?

100% of the respondents reported Excellent.

Would you recommend this course to a colleague? Yes, no, other comments

100% of the respondents reported Yes


Quantitative feedback from UCD Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy Eight-Week Programme, September, 2013

Did you find the programme informative? 100% of participants responded Yes.

Do you think attending the programme will be of benefit to you? 100% reported Yes.

How would you rate the content of the programme overall? 92.3% reported Excellent, 7.7% reported Good.