Eight-Week Mindfulness Course

Course overview

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.

Graham Music (PhD) is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre and adult psychotherapist in private practice as well as a Mindfulness teacher. His publications include Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope using neurobiology, psychoanalysis and attachment (2019), Nurturing Natures: (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life (2014). He has a passion for exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. A former Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock, he has managed and developed many services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment. He now works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic, and teaches, lectures and supervises in Britain and abroad.

Jane O’Rourke is a Child Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist. She is a trained mindfulness teacher (levels 1 and 2, Bangor University), yoga teacher and runs the counselling service in a school. She sees how many people can use mindfulness very successfully as a way of managing a busy life and often find that by connecting with themselves they discover their potential for personal growth.

“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.

The course runs on Tuesday evenings, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, over 8 weeks, on the following dates:

28 April 2020

5 May, 12 May, 19 May 2020

2 June, 9 June, 16 June, 23 June 2020

In addition, there will be an all-day retreat on 30 May 2020

Tavistock Centre

120 Belsize Lane




Included in your course fee, you will receive full online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you to navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use.

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists and Subject Updates, to help you stay on top of latest developments, as well as regularly sharing helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website: https://library.tavistockandportman.ac.uk.

Certificate of attendance
Course length:
8 weeks
The Tavistock Centre, London
Admission status:
April 2020 to June 2020

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