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Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness Skills

Why should I use mindfulness in my practice?

Offering an alternative and radical approach to seemingly insoluble problems, mindfulness can release both therapist and client from failure and feeling helpless.

  • How to stop clients banging their heads on brick walls
  • The pigeon and the cowboy: ways to be unmindful
  • When is acceptance better than change?
  • Reasons to be mindful : 1,2,3

What exactly is mindfulness?

  • Theories of Mindfulness
  • What is mindfulness?
  • Does mindfulness work?
  • 4 ways to be mindful
  • Practical skills: practicing mindfulness step by step

How can I use mindfulness in my practice?

Delegates will experience mindfulness techniques together throughout the day with opportunities to reflect on how to apply this in their own clinical practice.

  • Who can benefit from mindfulness?
  • The how and what of mindfulness
  • How to introduce mindfulness into your practice

How to introduce mindfulness to clients

  • Rationale: metaphors
  • In-session practice
  • Our of session practice
  • Using mindfulness in challenging situations
  • Building mindfulness into clients’ everyday lives

Delegates will use their own case examples to select areas where the targeted use of mindfulness would be helpful and to plan how to engage their client in applying mindfulness to overcome problems and increase wellbeing

COURSE OUTLINE:

  • What is mindfulness?
  • The pigeon and the cowboy: ways to be unmindful
  • Choose a ‘stuck’ client, share with partner
  • Experiencing the present: ways to be mindful
  • Why is mindfulness important?
  • When acceptance is better than change: when trying to change it makes it worse; when it can’t be changed
  • How to stop banging your head on a brick wall
  • Alternatives to your usual treatment practice
  • Reasons to be mindful
  • Behaving mindfully 
    1. Non-judgmental stance
    2. Observing and describing
    3. Participating
    4. Staying in the moment
  • Reasons to be mindful
  • In pairs: how can you use mindfulness techniques and values work with your client?
  • How to introduce mindfulness to clients
  • In-session and out of session practice
  • Using mindfulness in challenging situations
  • Building mindfulness into clients’ everyday lives

Course Leader:

Dr Fiona C. Kennedy
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Fiona has a vast clinical experience in mental health (from anxiety through eating disorders and PTSD, to psychosis and personality disorders) and learning disability fields. Fiona’s main orientation for many years has been Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She was a Board Member/Trustee for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). She has extensive experience of teaching and presenting, giving regular input to doctoral training programmes and teaching other professionals.

Amongst many other research projects she has studied dissociation after trauma that led to a new theoretical model and scale, as well as innovative new treatments. The creation of an effective treatment service for self-harming, suicidal, ‘revolving door’ inpatients was quoted as an example of national excellence by the governments’ National Audit Office in its House of Commons report ‘Safer Patient Services’ 2005. She has presented her research at many national and international conferences and received an award for clinical excellence from BUPA. With her deep knowledge of the subject and outstanding leadership qualities Dr Fiona Kennedy is a truly inspirational tutor.

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