Mindfulness & Beyond: Essential Clinical Skills
- May 8, 2017 - May 9, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The trend of mindfulness research is sweeping the medical field. Is it radical enough? What is the latest research in mindfulness? How does the Buddhist perspective influence the way we see suffering and how we can best serve others?
After teaching more than 2,000 clinicians over the past few years, I’ve come to see that our own stillness and our presence with others, combined with the right tools at the right time, make all the difference. Having the right skills, and the ability to work from the deepest grounded place within ourselves is where we find our creativity and joy in the midst of this difficult work.
We are offering a two-day training program with Michael Stone designed for a small group that will work through cases, learn essential clinical skills, and support each other in further education. In this workshop, you will review the theoretical understanding of mindfulness from both the Buddhist and Western scientific perspectives within the framework of clinical practice. You will learn key theory that underpins mindfulness meditation; how it can be brought into clinical work; and simple techniques for working with common symptoms like anxiety, depression, pain and trauma. You will also be guided in mindfulness meditation and have the opportunity for personal practice in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
In addition, we will juxtapose “Eastern” and “Western” approaches to psychology and apply them in clinical situations through technique, intervention, and seeing where we get stuck from new angles. What does a mindfulness intervention actually look like in a session? How does it help us shift our attitude towards experience?
Through lecture, demonstration, experiential exercise, and small group discussion, we will examine how mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic presence and transform our understanding of the causes of suffering across the diagnostic spectrum. We will learn why mindfulness practices support both the facilitator and the client.