Mindfulness is a form of meditation, a way of living, and a foundation for psychotherapy. It is also the basis upon which the practitioner can effectively engage the client in reflection, insight, self-compassion and learning. Whether with a group or individual, the counselling style consistent with mindfulness-based approaches is one of inquiry, curiosity, openness, and acceptance. It is as important for the practitioner to be mindful as it is for the client and the teaching of mindfulness begins with modelling it in the consultation itself. This interactive and experiential workshop will extend personal and professional skills developed in the MIA1 and MIA2 workshops with a particular focus on mindful inquiry. Aspects of mindful enquiry include:
- Being fully present and attentive when listening
- Following the conversation step by step and not getting ahead of the process
- Modelling compassion, acceptance and openness in response to the clients' experiences
- How to engage in a style of questioning aimed at the client coming to their own insights and conclusions
- Learn from experiences, whether outwardly positive or negative, so as to understand what works and what doesn't
Such an approach is both ancient and new. In ancient Greece it went by many names including the Socratic method and dialectic. With the word 'education' being derived from a Latin word 'educare' meaning 'to draw out' mindful inquiry is aimed at being truly educative in the sense that the practitioner is asking the questions in such a way that the client draws on their own wisdom. In this sense it is deeply encouraging and empowering for the client. During the workshop skills in the consulting and questioning style consistent with mindful inquiry will be developed by modelling them as well as practical exercises, scenarios and debriefing. Previous personal and professional experience with mindfulness essential.
At the conclusion of this Study Group Network event participants will be able to use mindful inquiry to:
- engage client interest in mindfulness
- debrief meditation practice and experience
- debrief the cognitive practices associated with mindfulness
- foster an approach to counselling consistent with mindfulness principles
This Study Group is the third part of a three-part seminar series.
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.
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