Mindfulness, stress reduction and wellbeing

CL002 Mindfulness for health professionals

This 2 day foundation training is designed for health professionals who are interested in integrating mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) within their field of work. There is a broad and widening evidence base for the use of MBIs to better manage stress, pain and illness. The course will also  introduce you to mindfulness strategies to help you manage stress in the workplace and promote your own personal wellbeing.

The course will cover the following topics:

• What mindfulness is

• What mindfulness-based interventions are and how they work

• An introduction to a range of formal and informal mindfulness practices

• Increased awareness of ‘Self’ including body awareness and awareness of thoughts and emotions

• Underlying theoretical background

• The relationship of mindfulness to stress physiology, stress reduction and cognitive psychology

• The relevance of mindfulness work to health and wellbeing

The course will combine experiential learning with some didactic teaching. 


CL004 Acceptance and commitment therapy for healthcare professionals 

Acceptance and commitment therapy (commonly known as ACT, a mindfulness-based approach) offers a clear and practical way to work on developing psychological well-being which is both useful to health professionals personally and to their patients.  This two-day foundation course is designed for health professionals wanting to improve their patients’ quality of life.

The two major goals of ACT are acceptance of experience which is out of personal control and taking committed action towards living a valued life.  The particular emphasis ACT places on reconnecting with valued directions in life makes the approach especially relevant to work with people with chronic and progressive conditions. Many patients use experiential avoidance to cope with challenging situations which, while giving short-term protection from uncomfortable feelings,  can adversely affect their quality of life.  ACT directly targets such avoidance and encourages personally valued  behavioural change, using a wide range of strategies to support patients  in this process.