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South East Regional Committee Present a workshop "Therapeutic presence and the present moment: Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice (09/09/17

Gerry Cunningham

Event Details
The Riverside Hotel Park, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
Registration 9.30: Starts 10am - 5pm.
7 Hours

South East Regional Committee

Present a workshop entitled:

Therapeutic presence and the present moment: Integrating Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.


Presenters Bio: Gerry Cunningham came to study psychotherapy and postgraduate level (Dublin City University) from an academic background firmly rooted in the humanities (MA in Spirtuality, BA in Philosophy). He has been extensively trained in Mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. (PG Diploma in CBT, University of Oxford, Mastsers, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, University of Oxford, Pg, Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, University of Cambridge. He has attended training with some of the leading names in Mindfulness and CBT including Jon Kabat-Zinn (MBSR), Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal (MBCT), Aaron Beck (Cognitive Therapy) and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice of Bangor University. Gerry has a private practice at the Mindfulness Clinic and provides tailored treatment approaches to CBT, counselling & psychotherapy, supervision and reflective practice. He is currently pursuing research interests at the University of Cambridge.


Workshop Outline:  The most powerful quality we can bring to any relationship including the therpeutic relationship is our capacity to be fully present. The workshop is designed to suppor psychotherapists and mental health professionals in developing and deepening mindfulness in clinical practice and for cultivating compassion, wise and embodied presence. In the workshop, we will (1) learn mindful inquiry and guided discovery or how to process a mindfulness exercise with a client, which is key to effective learning. (2) Creatively reflect and integrate theories of presence and relationship from Humanistic, Existential, Cognitive, and Eastern approaches and the neurobiology of therapeutic presence. (3) Learn to connect deeply with clients on their moment - to- moment experience and to understand interactions, transferences and obstacles that may prevent therapists from being fully engaged and embodied. (4) Engage in the art of mindful listerning and correct empathy and cultivate wisdom and compassion for self and clients. The workshop will consist of a balance of seminars, experiential and creative exercise, discussion, reflective practice and mindfulness-based self-care.

Training Level: Intermediate - Advanced.


CPD certificates will be emailed to participants after attendance at the Workshop.


Workshop Limited to 24 places (IACP member only)

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