This study group will provide an introduction to mindfulness and model a way in which it can be introduced to individuals and groups.
It will begin with an interactive presentation on the science, practice and philosophy of mindfulness with the opportunity for open discussion and sharing of knowledge particularly in relation to theory, practice or outcomes of mindfulness on mental health matters like depression, anxiety and stress. Other topics explored in this presentation will be the effect of default mode, multitasking, stress and performance, executive functioning, the mind-body relationship and the impact of stress on physical health.
The next phase of the seminar will explore how to:
Introduce and apply the formal practice of mindfulness meditation. Personal experience will be debriefed and discussed with a view to drawing out insights directly based on experience, not theory.
Apply the informal practice of mindfulness to daily life whether at home, work or in leisure time.
Take the cognitive aspects of mindfulness that are implicit in the formal and informal practice, and to make them explicit. The ‘big four’ cognitive aspects of mindfulness are perception, letting go, acceptance and presence of mind. These aspects will be introduced, discussed in the light of lived experience and debriefed.
• Use a variety of other mindfulness-based ‘experiments’ like exploring the impact of multitasking, efficient attention switching, and mindfully dealing with distractor influence.
Participants will be encouraged to learn how to teach mindfulness to others by learning how to apply it oneself. The final topic will be how to leave this seminar and apply the formal, informal and cognitive practice of mindfulness to one’s own life so as to be better placed to help clients to apply it to their own lives.
By the completion of this study group participants will be able to:
- Understand the science and applications of mindfulness with a particular emphasis on stress, mental health and the mind-body relationship.
- Practice mindfulness meditation and be better placed to introduce it to others.
- Apply the informal practice of mindfulness to daily life.
- Apply the cognitive aspects of mindfulness and be able to introduce them to others.
This Study Group is the first part of a three-part seminar series. Each seminar stands alone but there is a logical progression if participants can attend each seminar in sequence. The second and third parts will be advertised in due course and you will be able to register for these via the APS Events Calendar.
About the presenter(s)
Dr Craig Hassed MBBS, FRACGP is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice and coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is a regular media commentator. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published nine books; “New Frontiers in Medicine” (Volumes 1 and 2), “Know Thyself” on mindfulness-based stress management, “The Essence of Health” on the lifestyle approach to health and chronic illness, a textbook co-authored with Kerryn Phelps, “General Practice: the integrative approach”, a book written with Stephen McKenzie, “Mindfulness for Life”, a book written with Richard Chambers, “Mindful Learning” on the role of mindfulness in education, and a book on epigenetics titled "Playing the genetic hand life dealt you". Craig’s next book, "The Mindful Home", will be written with Deirdre Hassed and is due for release in late-2015. Craig also featured in the documentary, The Connection and wrote the companion e-book, “The Mindfulness Manual” and co-authored with Richard Chambers the free online Mindfulness course in collaboration with Mindfulness and FutureLearn.
Please make sure you read the group description and details carefully before registering for a study group. CANCELLATION POLICY: As we keep study group fees to a minimum and presenters are paid according to the numbers who attend, we prefer not to provide refunds other than for 'exceptional, unforeseeable circumstances'. We are happy for you to nominate an alternative attendee or you may transfer to another study group, but only within 2 months as this adds extra admin costs. Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the study group you are registered for will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 1-13 days of the study group will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of a study group will not be refunded. All cancellations must be given in writing.