Mindfulness practice is hugely popular and mindfulness based therapies are offered widely in the NHS as effective and evidence based approaches for a range of issues including anxiety, pain and preventing relapse in depression. Mindfulness is defined as being more fully aware of our own experience in the present moment in a non-judgemental way. While it is termed as one of the talking therapies, it in fact does not involve much talking!
My first experience of this approach was around 15 years ago when starting off as a clinical psychologist. From initially being a bit unsure, I now believe this approach has a great deal to offer and now practice mindfulness myself regularly and introduce this approach to many of my clients with positive impacts. Over this period, I have also thought, reflected and occasionally wrestled with how it fits with my Christian faith.
In the workshop, the first part will focus on the definitions and origins of mindfulness, what are mindfulness therapies and why/how it works. There will be a particular focus on mindfulness based cognitive therapy which is the most well known approach in the UK. There will be a chance to try out short mindfulness practices (optional) and reflect on these. The second part will focus on considering mindfulness from a Christian perspective, looking at links with Christian practices such as contemplative prayer and drawing on insights from authors such as Tim Stead and Shaun Lambert. This workshop will use a mixture of presentation, discussion, reflection and practical exercises.
About the Presenter : Rebecca Curtis
I have worked for many years as a clinical psychologist in NHS adult mental health services and more recently as a tutor on Edinburgh University’s Clinical Psychology course. I really enjoy working with my clients and students and have a particular interest in compassion and mindfulness focused approaches. My Christian faith is integral to my life.
Free to Quiet Waters Volunteers
£30 - must be paid prior to the event
Refreshments, snacks, handouts and CPD certificate are included in the price.
Note – lunch is not included.
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