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Mindfulness and Wellbeing

Format Workshop
Presenters Dr. Neil Kobrin and Charlotte Thaarup-Owen
Description Mindfulness has been described as "bringing one's complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis" (Marlatt & Kristeller, 1999, p. 68) and as "paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally" (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). In the field of mental health there has been a significant increase in the use of mindfulness based techniques as a method of psychological treatment. Substantial research has been conducted which demonstrates that the practice of mindfulness has positive effects on brain functioning (Siegel, D. 2010, Hanson, R 2009). In his book, The Mindful Therapist, Siegel asserts that "An integrated state of mindful awareness is crucial to achieving mental health." He demonstrates clinical techniques to be utilized by therapist to promote healthy minds.

In this workshop mindfulness theory and practice will be examined and demonstrated as a method to enhance the therapeutic process and contribute to the emotional health of the patient. Participants will explore the process of mindfulness which will enable them to incorporate mindfulness into their own lives. They will also learn skills that will enable them to develop appropriate strategies to guide their patients in cultivating their own mindfulness practices. Participants will learn strategies and therapeutic techniques that can be used to help alleviate anxiety, panic, depression, anger, conflict, as well as other common clinical disorders. The effect that mindfulness practice can have on interpersonal relationships will also be examined.

Current research empirically validating the practice of mindfulness and its effect on well being, as well as its effect on brain functioning will be presented. Therapeutic techniques based on mindfulness, such as MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction, Santorelli, and Kabat-Zinn 1998), DBT (dialectical behavior therapy, Linehan, 1993), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999), and RP (relapse prevention Marlatt & Gordon, 1985), will be explored. The integration of Buddhist psychology with clinical practice will also be presented.

This 20 hour workshop has been designed to be consistent with APS CPD guidelines and you receive a precise lesson plan detailing content and learning objectives, so that submission of your hours to the APS is made easy.

This workshop is highly interactive and participants will be encouraged to take part in several activities including:
 Exercises utilizing mindfulness techniques
 Demonstrations of mindfulness practice and clinical application
 Experiential learning through dyad and triad interactions
 Small group discussions
 Engaging in recollective mindful process
 Mindful Meditation
 Mindful Yoga
 Walking meditations

What you will learn:
Mindfulness theory and technique
Buddhist Psychology theory and clinical practice
Mindfulness in clinical practice
Mindfulness based therapies
Mindfulness and the brain: current research
Mindful conflict resolution
Mindful stress management
Mindfulness training for self-care
Mindful meditation
About the presenter(s) Dr. Neil Kobrin, PhD is the author of Emotional Well-Being: Embracing the Gift of Life, is a USA licensed Clinical Psychologist. He presents and leads workshops internationally. He is President Emeritus of Argosy University, American Schools of Psychology, and California Graduate School of Psychology. For more than two decades as a Full Professor, he has taught a wide variety of doctoral and master's level psychology courses. He is an APA Approved Sponsor for continuing education (psychologists), as well as a BBS Provider of continuing education (MSW, MFT). Dr. Kobrin is an Educational Consultant and currently maintains a private psychotherapy practice, working with individuals, couples and families, integrating mindfulness practices with traditional psychotherapy.

Charlotte Thaarup-Owen is an internationally experienced consultant and transformative educator. She is trained in Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. She facilitates mindfulness and mindfulness based workshops both locally and abroad. Charlotte is a mediator and coach with over 20 years experience in facilitating change and personal and interpersonal development. She has facilitator status in Relationship Awareness Theory and Alternatives to Violence Programme. She has a degree in Adult Teaching, post graduate qualifications in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and in Creativity and Imagination in Education. She is a public speaker, mindfulness coach and trainer, and has produced the "Ten Minute Wonders", a meditation CD.
Location Thailand
Venue Shivaraks Resort
Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 18 Nov 2012 to 24 Nov 2012
Time 20 hours throughout the week
Cost $1895
Notes This 20 hour workshop is based on a previously APS endorsed workshop entitled Mindfulness and Emotional Health and has been designed to be consistent with APS CPD guidelines. You can receive a precise lesson plan detailing content and learning objectives, so that submission of your hours to the APS is made easy. Imagine yourself on a private terrace facing the beautiful panoramic scenery of a fresh green valley. Shivaruks Resort is a boutique resort nestled on the northern tip of a peaceful green mountain. It has been carefully created to reunite with nature and is a "true escape" from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Organiser 20 hour workshop consistent with APS CPD guidelines
Contact Name Charlotte Thaarup-Owen
Telephone 0432 724 764
Fax 612 4910 9039