Eight-Week Mindfulness Course
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a very effective way of training our attention. In our fast-paced world, we are increasingly reacting automatically, too busy to notice much of what is going on inside or around us. By training our attention in a kindly way we can live more fully in the present, rather than brooding about the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness helps reduce the power of unhelpful thoughts which are often ‘running the show’. It helps us to connect more fully with our experiences and in time to better manage difficult thoughts and feelings.
This course is for complete beginners as well as for those who have had some experience of meditation or mindfulness.
It is taught in a group in a relaxed and friendly environment. Like any skill, mindfulness takes time to practice and we will recommend you set some time aside each day for home practice to be able to really make good use of what you learn each week. Like training muscles, you need regular practice to see changes. You will be given guided meditations for you to listen to at home or wherever is convenient for you to practice.
This course will not teach applicants an intervention that they can apply to others at this stage, but rather it is an introduction to mindfulness practices for anyone who wants to use these for themselves and as a possible first step to apply them in their work at a later stage.
There are thousands of research studies on mindfulness, including successful trials (http://www.oxfordmindfulness.org/mbct/publications/) and it has been shown to be helpful in reducing stress, anxiety and addictive tendencies, is approved by NICE, and has been shown to have powerful effects on the brain, nervous system and immune responses, amongst other things.
Esther Usiskin Cohen
Esther Usiskin Cohen is a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) registered highly specialist systemic psychotherapist and AFT (Association of Family Therapy) registered supervisor. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a trained Mindfulness teacher. Esther is a clinician and a supervisor with extensive experience of working as a member of multidisciplinary teams in a broad range of mental health contexts. She has been teaching psychotherapy courses at post graduate levels since 1998 and Mindfulness courses to a range of professionals for the past 5 years.
In her NHS practice Esther provides training services as well as clinical and supervisory services to the Tavistock Centre. In her private practice she also works with a comprehensive range of child, adolescent, individual, couple, parenting and family issues. She has created unique training for schools nationwide and other organisations to enable staff to recognise and work effectively with mental health issues and develop self-care. Her courses are lively, dynamic and interactive providing participants with a novel exploration of the subject
Esther uses mindfulness to
compliment her psychotherapy and teaching and training practice and draws on 30
years of wide-ranging and significant professional experience.
Julia Granville is a consultant systemic psychotherapist with a social work background who worked for many years in the Fostering, Adoption and Kinship Care Team at the Tavistock Clinic. Julia has over 30 years experience in working with families in the voluntary and statutory sectors. Julia is involved in training masters level family therapists and teaches a range of mental health courses for professionals on systemic approaches to working with families. She is a practitioner and trainer in Contemporary Mindfulness. She trained with Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. She has been involved in developing mindfulness-based approaches in therapeutic work in the Tavistock Clinic and has taught mindfulness to clients including children, parents and families, as well as a range of professionals.
“The facilitators created a space in which I was able to learn a practice which I believe has transformed my life"
“I came here with the purpose of learning about mindfulness to run groups for others but I left with that and more. I have learnt more about myself and how to be at peace. Thank you”
There are a maximum of 20 places for this course so early registration is advised.
Once you have applied, you will be asked to submit a brief paragraph outlining why you want to do this course and what, if any, previous experience you have of mindfulness (none is necessary). This will help the teachers get to know you a little better.
Tavistock Centre, London
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