Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches and
Third Wave Interventions
DATES: Monday evenings (Monthly meetings)
30 April, 28 May, 18 June, 30 July, 27 August, 10 September, 15 October, 12 November, 10 December 2018 and 14 January, 11 February and 11 March 2019.
Times: From 7pm to 9.30pm
Hours: 50 hours including 2 training days and 2 days of retreat
VENUE: The Mindfulness Clinic, 10 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
COST: €395.00 includes notes, CDs, certificate. This course is offered in the spirit of dana (generosity)
FACILITATOR: Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP
Responding to the growing interest of psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals, this one-year Post Graduate Certificate offers experienced clinicians a unique opportunity to develop in-depth specialist skills in Mindfulness–Based Approaches (MBAs) and the application of Third Wave Clinical Interventions in psychotherapy and counselling.
“I would like to thank you again for my recent wonderful training opportunity. When I signed up for the PC Cert in Mindfulness Based Approaches and Third Wave CBT Interventions I did not anticipate the training would be of such high caliber. Not only were the experiential elements very powerful and healing for me personally but you present them in a way that makes the exercises so practical and easy to use with clients. The personal qualities you bring as a trainer, such as your generosity with the excellent handouts, which will continue to be a valuable resource for me, and the sincerity and sacred presence you bring to your practice of mindfulness, as well as your vast knowledge and experience, combine to make this a really worthwhile course.” Psychotherapist, June 2017
This advanced programme in Mindfulness will integrate elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Compassion and Wisdom approaches and how mindfulness interfaces with third wave approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy. We will explore cognitive humanistic approaches and the attitudinal qualities of mindful-based therapy, including aspects of cognitive therapy, embodied cognition, metacognitive awareness, neuroscience and Buddhist psychology.
This training will guide participants in developing their own regular mindfulness practice whilst integrating it with their therapeutic and clinical work. The process of a mindfulness-based approach to psychotherapy is facilitated through mindfulness practice, lectures and skills within the context of personal, interpersonal and group enquiry. The training group learns to cultivate and deepen awareness as a primary psychotherapeutic and transformative tool. This programme will explore the theory, research and essential skills, especially mindfulness and self-compassion for deliberately cultivating wisdom and compassion in psychotherapy.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude for the excellent presentation and content provided. I have attended many, many, many workshops over the years and this was one of the best presentations I have ever attended. You were incredibly generous with your time, commitment and handouts”. Counselling Psychologist, November 2015
“I just wanted to say how much I receive from participating in the group, and from experiencing you as facilitator. I find the experience very nourishing, I slow down, and I connect with myself; Words fail to really describe the Experience. I want to thank you again for your integrity in what you do, for you wonderful presence, and for really embodying what mindfulness means”. Psychotherapist, December 2015
Practice Meditation, class practice (body scan, mindful movement, sitting meditation and home practice
Process Inquiry, guided discovery, journaling, interpersonal dynamics and creative process using art, clay, and puppets.
Reflection Reflective supervision on personal practice, case work, discussion
Seminar Interactive, experiential, group focused and collaborative learning
Research Reading, reflection and discussion on current research and clinical integration of mindfulness into various practice settings
Seminar and Workshops will include:
● Historical overview of mindfulness in psychotherapy and the essentials of Buddhist psychology and the links with CBT
● Exploring Mindfulness-Based Approaches in Psychotherapy and Counselling and integrating these skills in clinical practice
● Mindfulness, neuroscience, research and evidence
● Mindfulness-Based Approaches and interventions for stress reduction, pain and chronic illness, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction and eating disorders
● Core skills of mindfulness and Key concepts from ACT, DBT and Schema Therapy and the application of these skills in one-to-one settings
● Mindfulness and Relationships includes Mindfulness and attachment, Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship
● Relationship of mindfulness to compassion – Compassion Mind Training, Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassionate Presence
● Gratitude and Wise Attention
● Emotion Regulation in Psychotherapy
● Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy, formulation, behaviour activation, home practice
● Guided imagery, guided discovery, visualisation
Opening session will focus on meditation, mindfulness practice, home practice, inquiry and guided discovery. Each session will focus on one mindfulness teacher/influence:
Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chödrön, Tara Brach, Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Andrew Weil, Matthieu Ricard, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Paul Gilbert.
Each session will include seminar, workshops, teach-back, reflection and interactive learning.
Participants on this programme are encouraged to become a learning community and tea/coffee is available in the morning and afternoon throughout the course.
Facilitator/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, PG Diploma, Masters in Ed). He has a Masters in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy.
“What a wonderful experience. Theory, sharing, learning, and experiential. True learning, deep integration and rich understanding with invaluable insights into the how, why, when, who and what type of interventions to use with different clients. A superb and deeply nourishing course of reflection on prior learning and linking theories with practices which will enrich my personal and professional life. Many thanks to the facilitator for his kindness, understanding, care, interest and gentleness. What a privilege to attend this outstanding course.” Psychotherapist June 2017
“Very thorough, well prepared, generously resourced. Containment very strong. Good balance of thinking and experiential work” Psychotherapist June 2017
“What a wonderful course. Thank you. I highly recommend this training to others. I have hugely benefited from the facilitators calm presence and the experiential aspect of the course. A deeply self-caring educational experience.” Psychotherapist 2017
Contact: Gerry Cunningham – The Mindfulness Clinic, 10 Merrion Square, Dublin 2