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Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Workshops & Reading Group Meetings

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Chair and Convener: Professor Ho Law, Chartered & Registered Psychologist; Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

The events are open to both BPS members and non-members. If you need further information, please email the Convener drholaw@gmail.com


8th July. 2019 - Maya Campbell - The Heartfulness Project (masterclass)

The Heartfulness Project is an integrative mind-body training for individuals who have heart issues - emotional and/or physical. Designed initially for those suffering from physical heart conditions, or those at risk. Developed by Dr Maya Campbell, research scientist and mindfulness teacher, the course draws on the lived experience of Maya Campbell who had a heart attack leading to heart failure. Subsequently, she gave evidence at the All Party Parliamentary Select Committee on Heart Failure and argued for the need for greater psychological support for heart patients.

Following on from last year’s masterclass on the Heartfulness Project, we will further explore the key concepts, learnings and skills training which make up the Heartfulness Project in this interactive workshop.

Drawing from the fields of mindfulness, polyvagal theory, neuroscience, neurocardiology and compassion focused therapy with mindful movements such as tai chi, the program provides training in skills that can help us become aware in the present moment (mindfulness) and provide adaptive responses to the situation. Once aware, a skilful response to the situation can be chosen e.g. soothing exercises to move out of the threat system and associated emotions of fear, anxiety, stress and depression; gentle movement exercises to bring soothing energy into the system; social engagement practices to activate the care and healing system.
This training is equally relevant to those that already have a cardiac disorder and those without. It provides both a preventative training to help reduce the risk of developing a heart issue (emotional or physical), as well as providing much needed tools for those with cardiac issues to help with the high prevalence of affective disorders found in this population (panic, fear, anxiety, and ultimately shut down into depression).

In this workshop we will outline Professor Stephan Porge’s Polyvagal Theory and how it relates to heart health and psychopathology; changing the inner critic and cultivating an inner caregiver from Professor Paul Gilbert’s Compassionate Mind training and the Mindful Self Compassion training as well an introduction to how body movement (tai chi) practices all of which can also activate the soothing system and thereby reducing anxiety and depressive symptomology.

Learning Objectives of the Workshop

1) Learn more about mindful co-design and new and integrative mind-heart-body approaches

2) The Heartfulness Project: - Core teachings and skills training. Integrative approaches to wellbeing

3) Introduction to the Polyvagal Theory and Compassionate Mind Training with an emphasis on how it affects the heart (physically and emotionally). How the physiological state impacts on and shapes the experience of the person

4) Take home skill from the Heartfulness Project training for self and clients

About the facilitator

Maya Campbell is a mindfulness trainer, psychologist and research scientist who came into contact with mindfulness-based approaches to health after having experienced major mental and physical health issues over a number of years. Having trained initially as a research scientist in chemistry and physics in the years following a major heart attack in 2009 she went back to study and did a masters in psychology. Upon finding how personally mindfulness practice assisted her in coping with ongoing health issues, she decided to train to teach mindfulness-based approaches so to teach others these skills. She did teacher training courses at Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Bangor Mindfulness Centre for Research and Practice (in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction) as well teacher training in mindfulness-based addiction recovery at the Breathing Space in London. In the past few years, she has become interested in compassion-focused work and has trained to teach mindful self-compassion with the San Diego Center for Mindfulness.

7th October 2019 - Hara Willow - Sacred sound Circle - healing tools to assist the human spiritual evolution

The aim of this workshop is to share the immersive experience of using sacred sound healing tools to enhance holistic health. We will explore and experience a few of the ancient and modern sonic practices that shamans and yogis have been using for thousands of years to maintain health and wellbeing for themselves and their communities.

You don’t need to be able to sing or have any musical talent to participate in this workshop! Just a sense of adventure is enough.

During this workshop, we will set time aside from our normal, mundane lives to engage with sacred sound within the framework of the medicine wheel, which is a traditional shamanic map of self and universe. In this sacred circle, we will work with voice and drum to expand consciousness, restore inner, balance and harmonize the whole self.

Focusing on creating or listening to sound enables the ‘monkey mind’ to be more easily reined in, trained and calmed. It is especially useful for people who find silent mindful practices challenging. The breathing patterns associated with sacred voice-work calm the body and slow the heartbeat. The vocals create deeply healing vibrations within the body and integrate the two halves of the brain.

Sharing sound together creates entrainment between participants, often enabling a euphoric feeling of harmony and connection. The beat of the drum is used to lead us deep inside to connect with our inner world and allows insights and guidance, which can be valuable in a world where external noise is a constant and demanding distraction from our inner knowing and the simple experience of being.

In a society where logic, intellect and physical beauty are valued over emotional balance, true health and inner harmony, we have become unbalanced and have lost our way. It is my hope that you will leave feeling restored, calm, peaceful, energized and nourished by the beauty and power of ancient practices that, although often forgotten, are as intrinsic to human wellbeing as walking in nature and eating a healthy diet.

These practices, when used regularly, have been shown to bring about inner harmony by reducing stress, anxiety and depression, lowering heart rate and blood pressure and supporting healthy immune function and mental and emotional balance. Additionally, the social value of the sense of belonging created in a sound healing circle cannot be underestimated. Sacred sound can realign us with our authentic nature, reunite us with each other and remind us we are all connected.

About the facilitator

Hara has been a Transpersonal Therapist, Shamanic Practitioner and Healer since 1991. Since earning her master’s degree in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology in 2008, she has been studying and exploring sacred sound, in particular, its effects on mental health. After training as a Transformational Yoga teacher and Sound Healer she began employing traditional and modern shamanic and yogic sound healing methods, such as sacred voice and drumming. These tools can facilitate deeply transformational healing work, which supports and enables the expression of our full potential as authentic, creative and unique beings. Hara offers transpersonal healing, runs classes, workshops, talks, retreats and sound healing circles and is also a tutor for the College of Sound Healing.

6th January 2020 - Dr. April Woodward & Dr. Scott Buckler - A Triad of Taoism

The importance of a holistic approach to health and wellbeing is now being recognized in public health, education and medical arenas.
The focus of this research-informed workshop explores the triad of the mind, body and spirit through the lens of Taoist philosophical perspectives. Specifically, this workshop will explore the coordinated interplay of the triad through Taoist practices including:

  1. Taoist meditative practices
  2. Five element theory and the I-Ching
  3. Taoist martial practices, specifically Bagua / Pakua
  4. Chi Kung breathing practices

The workshop will conclude with a group exercise to consider how approaches from the workshop can be applied in your field.

About the facilitator

Dr. April Woodward (Keele University Medical School, Alef Trust) and Dr. Scott Buckler (the University of Nottingham, University of Worcester) have a combined experience of over sixty years in Taoist martial arts. Their respective doctoral studies have explored applied transpersonal constructs alongside Taoist approaches. April and Scott have experience of working within education, academia, and industry and are active committee members of the Transpersonal Psychology Section.

Acknowledgments: Please note, the workshop fee includes your free MRG membership fee, refreshments and lunch at the event; thanks to the generosity of the speakers/facilitators and the sponsorship from the British Psychological Society (BPS), Psychotherapy Section.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Section members – please bring your BPS membership card with you.
Students – please bring your student ID with you.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, minimum aged 18

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For more information please contact: Professor Ho Law
T: +44(0)7401353010
E: drholaw@gmail.com


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

No.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No.


What's the refund policy?

The tickets are not refundable if cancellation is made less than 14 days before the event. Where a refund is applicable when the cancellation is made more than 14 days prior to the event, £5 administration fee would be charged.


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