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Integrating Mindfulness into Neuroscience Informed Psychotherapeutic Approaches with Refugees

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Geoff Dawson and Gordana Hol-Radicic

The integration of neuroscience psychotherapy and mindfulness is the way of the future in treating many forms of mental and emotional distress. The exciting new discoveries about how the brain functions gives us a solid biological foundation to understanding various forms of human suffering and how they may be treated. The art of psychotherapy provides the relational framework of empathy and containment, which is indispensible in any healing endeavor and creates a human warmth and existential meaning which goes far beyond technical clinical know-how. Mindfulness, an ancient skill that has been at the heart of many religions practices, in particular Buddhism, is now applied in clinical settings through various evidence-based therapies such as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

This lecture will focus not so much on the details of research outcomes but rather give a broad overview and a critique of current trends. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate how the science, the art and the skill of these three disciplines may be applied to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and Anxiety.
About the presenter(s) Geoff Dawson

Geoff Dawson B.A. M.A.Ps.S is a psychologist in private practice in North Sydney and Katoomba. His previous work has been in drug and alcohol addiction, schizophrenia and family therapy. He also worked for many years at Relationships Australia as a manager, trainer and clinical supervisor before entering private practice fifteen years ago. He now mainly provides adult counselling and psychotherapy, couple therapy and clinical supervision. Geoff is also a faculty member, trainer and supervisor with the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists which he helped co-found. He is also a Zen Buddhist teacher who has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over thirty years and works mainly within a mindfulness based model of psychotherapy in his clinical practice.
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue STARTTS - Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors
152-168 The Horsley Dr, Carramar

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 15 Oct 2012
Time 6-8pm
Cost Free to attend in person, $5.99 to watch the internet broadcast
Notes Please visit STARTTS' website ( for more information and to RSVP to attend in person or to Register for the live broadcast.
Organiser STARTTS
Contact Name Melanie Leemon
Telephone 02 9794-1898
Fax 02 9794-1910