Therapeutic Presence and the Present Moment

Integrating mindfulness in clinical practice

Let the beauty we love be what we do. Rumi

The most powerful quality we can bring to any relationship, including the therapeutic relationship, is our capacity to be fully present. This workshop is designed to support psychotherapists and mental health professionals in developing and deepening mindfulness in clinical practice and for cultivating compassionate, wise and embodied presence.

In this workshop, we will:

  • creatively reflect and integrate theories of presence and relationship from Humanistic, Existential, Cognitive and Eastern approaches and the neurobiology of therapeutic presence
  • explore how mindfulness may facilitate and nurture therapeutic qualities such as empathy, presence, relational depth, acceptance, compassion and therapist self-care
  • learn to connect deeply with clients on their moment-to-moment experience and to understand interactions, transferences and obstacles that may prevent therapists from being fully engaged and embodied
  • engage in the art of mindful listening and cultivate wisdom and compassion for self, clients and relationships
  • Managing self-care and reflective practice
  • a reflective and meditative space that reconnects to our therapeutic practice: Let the beauty we love be what we do.

The workshop will consist of a balance of seminars, experiential and creative exercises, discussion, reflective supervision and reflective scales for measuring therapeutic presence and the helping alliance.

Dunboyne Castle Hotel is ideally nested in the Meath countryside, yet conveniently on Dublin’s doorstep. Only 12 minutes from the M50 and located on the 70 Dublin Bus route and close to Dunboyne Train Station.

Date: Saturday, 18 July, 2015 from 10am to 5pm.

Facilitator: Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP Gerry Cunningham has been extensively trained in mindfulness-based approaches and studied for three years at Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University under the direction of Mark Williams (MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy). He has attended training in mindfulness and cognitive therapy with Zindel Segal, John Teasdale, Aaron Beck and mindfulness training retreats with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Daniel Siegel, …read more

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