An experiential introduction to Mindfulness workshop: Compassion, Choice and Gratitude

Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without stress provoking negative judgments. We learn to transcend ordinary thinking and inhabit a way of being that allows us to experience our lives directly. 

Simply put, Mindfulness is the ability to leave the past behind us, while also not projecting ourselves into a catastrophic future. Instead we learn to live in the present moment where our real lives are unfolding, where we can make skilful, life-enhancing choices. Mindful living offers us the ability to meet the challenges of our lives with enthusiasm and optimism, accessing new ways of problem solving, enhancing our creativity and optimising our global sense of wellbeing. Mindfulness creates clearer communication, helping us relate to others with understanding. Mindfulness generates authentic relationships helping us to actualise our true potential in each and every moment. 

Living Mindfully creates the opportunity to live with compassion and to be grateful for our lives whatever is occurring. Mindfulness offers both support and challenge: arguably it is one of the most compassionate and powerful models of therapy now open to applied practitioners.  With practice Mindfulness becomes a way of life that is joyful, spontaneous, energised and engaged.

Timetable:

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends

Details

Every part of this introductory workshop creates an opportunity to engage with reality through Mindfulness. Whether it is greeting each other, taking a break or discovering the power of the breath, the workshop is designed to illuminate the pragmatic nature of Mindfulness and how it can be applied to every day life. 

We start the workshop with a Mindful welcome which is then extended to how we meet and greet our colleagues and clients. We then learn to create our day with mindful gratitude which then informs our interactions with reality throughout the day.

Participants learn the basic units of Mindfulness in action: the breathing space and the bodyscan. These activities can only be taught experientially and we are introduced to them through an accessible exercise which literally gives us our first taste of engaging with reality through the lens of Mindfulness. Effortlessly participants discover that they can meditate, which for many is something they thought was too difficult or even impossible to grasp. This is an exciting moment in the workshop and we spend time helping participants process their responses, thereby valuing their unique experiences.

We learn to eat Mindfully over the lunch break, again demonstrating the pragmatic nature of Mindfulness in action. Throughout the workshop we identify how Mindfulness may help our clients and what particular issues it is most usefully applied to. 

The Workshop ends with the bodyscan where, by meditating on the breath while journeying through the body, participants explore their own unique responses. In harmonising the mind and body through the breath, participants learn to relax and destress. All the Workshop exercises are delivered with compassion and gratitude which amplify the message of Mindfulness and the power it can afford us as we learn to move more skilfully through life.
 
This workshop would be of interest to clinicians and psychologists who have no experience of Mindfulness, either theoretical or applied. It will also be of interest to clinicians and psychologists who have some theoretical knowledge but no formal practice or who have tried some Mindfulness techniques but have no experience of applying them pragmatically to their everyday lives. Additionally, those psychologists who would like more experience of applied Mindfulness so that they can offer their patients different ways of applying these techniques to their lives would also benefit from this workshop: Anyone who would like to live a less stressed, more spontaneously aware and engaged life!

Learning outcomes and objectives 

At the end of this workshop participants will:

  • Have a much greater experiential understanding of Mindfulness and how it can be applied to every day life.
  • Explore the therapeutic value of having Mindfulness as part of their clinical tool kit.
  • Appreciate an enhanced relationship with reality by applying Mindfulness techniques to their own lives.
  • Access their own unique innate compassion and gratitude to enhance their relationship with their lives and those of their patients/clients.
  • Discover a practical, pragmatic and realistic way of being, reducing stress and improving wellbeing.

Facilitator: Dr Cecilia d’Felice CPsychol

Dr Cecilia d’Felice is a multi-award winning Chartered Psychologist, Author and Broadcaster with over ten years experience as a Mindfulness practitioner. Cecilia was trained in Mindfulness by esteemed psychologist Melanie Fennel at the Oxford Cogntive Therapy Centre and with Jon Kabat-Zinn, originator of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. She has written extensively about Mindfulness in her book 21 Days to a New You (Orion) and regularly in Psychologies magazine. She introduced MBCT into her NHS department where it is now a popular and highly sucessful therapuetic intervention. Cecilia has brought Mindfulness to clients as diverse as The Sanctuary, Jamie Oliver’s ‘Dream School’, Commissioning Support for London and British Gas. Her mission is to offer Mindfulness to as many people as possible to help them live their lives joyfully in the moment and she has run introductory workshops at festivals, bookshops and art galleries as well as the full 8 week MBCT course for the NHS.

Booking information

Fees:

  • DCoP Members: £65 + VAT
  • DCP members: £65 + VAT
  • Society members: £90 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £115 + VAT

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

Alternatively, to pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Location: 
Dates: 
02/10/2012
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 2529925

Organiser: 
Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Counselling Psychology & BPS Learning Centre