What is the course about?
You will learn how to focus your awareness, cultivate calmness and develop non-judgemental acceptance through a range of meditation practices. This course can help you apply speech techniques more effectively and facilitate your work on avoidance reduction. It can also help you with stress management.
What will we cover?
What mindfulness meditation is
The relevance of mindfulness work to stammering
Developing awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviour
How to become more focused
A variety of mindfulness practices including breathing spaces
Pleasant and unpleasant events calendar
The importance and helpfulness of acceptance and how to cultivate acceptance
Setting up an ongoing practice schedule.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Identify the relevance of mindfulness work to stammering
Identify key personal mind states and understand how these might help or hinder you
Apply a variety of mindfulness practices on a daily basis
Have a greater acceptance of aspects of your experience, including stammering.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for people who stammer. No previous knowledge is necessary although it would be helpful for students to have had some previous speech therapy. To access the course you will need to have an adequate level of English to:
- Express your opinions and feelings
- Follow discussions and make relevant contributions
- Make use of handouts with some assistance if necessary
Before joining the class you will need to speak to the tutor.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by two experienced specialist stammering therapists. One of the tutors stammers herself. Both tutors have established mindfulness meditation practices and one is currently studying for an MA in mindfulness based approaches.
This is a highly practical course. Each week you will participate in meditation practices led by the tutors. Home practice is an integral and essential part of the course. You need to set aside around 30 minutes per day for this and will need to download mindfulness practices from a free website. There will be some tutor input on theory and discussion on the relevance to stammering.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No, helpful to wear comfortable clothing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may choose to do another theme-based evening course (such as Effective communication in the workplace), or if you are already familiar with the block modification approach used at City Lit, a Stage 2 evening course.