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Mindfulness and Emotional Health

Format Workshop
Presenters Dr. Neil S. Kobrin, PhD 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 workshop is designed to be highly interactive and participant will be expected to take part in several activities including:
 Experiential learning through dyad and triad interactions
 Small group discussions
 Engaging in recollective mindful process
 Role-play of mindfulness techniques
 Demonstrations of mindfulness practice and clinical application

What you will learn:
Mindfulness practice and elements
Clinical applications
Stress management
Neuroscience and mindfulness
Compassion and loving-kindness
Mindful conflict management
Managing difficult people
About the presenter(s) Dr Neil Kobrin, author of Emotional Well-Being: Embracing the Gift of Life is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, and facilitates workshops internationally. He is the president of the Academy of Mindful Psychology and past president of Argosy University where is he also taught a wide variety of doctorate level psychology courses. He is an APA Approved Sponsor for continuing education (psychologists), a BBS Provider of continuing education (MSW, MFT) and has led APS endorsed programs. Neil is based in San Francisco and has a private psychotherapy practice integrating mindfulness practices with traditional psychotherapy.

Charlotte Thaarup-Owen, based in Australia, is an internationally experienced consultant and transformative educator. She has a degree in Adult Teaching and has graduate certificates in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (Institute of Family Therapy - London) and in Creativity and Imagination in Education (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education - London). She has over 15 years experience in facilitating change and personal and interpersonal development and is also an accredited Mediator, Relationship Specialist and trained in MBSR. She has integrated Mindfulness in all her practice elements, produced meditation CDs and the Mindful Voice Integration method.
Location Singapore
Venue Body with Soul Pte Ltd
44/45 Rochester Park, Singapore 139248

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 10 Nov 2012 to 11 Nov 2012
Time 14hrs. 9am-5:30pm both days
Cost $995.00 SGD or $777 AUD
Notes This 14hr. Mindfulness and Emotional Health workshop is based on a previous APS endorsed workshop.
Organiser Dr. Neil S. Kobrin, PhD and Charlotte Thaarup-Owen
Contact Name
Telephone 65 6779 0660
Fax 65 67790770