This workshop is for allied health professionals looking to develop their skill set in the art of mindful inquiry
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 focus on mindful inquiry.
Aspects of mindful inquiry 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
The word 'education' is derived from a Latin word 'educare' meaning 'to draw out' so 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 modeling as well as practical exercises, scenarios and debriefing.
At the completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Understand the concept of mindfulness with a particular emphasis on the mindful inquiry
- Develop practical mindful inquiry skills
- Implement the informal practice of mindfulness in therapeutic practice with clients.
About the presenter(s)
Associate Professor Craig Hassed is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice where he has been teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels since 1989. He is also coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. He has been instrumental in introducing a variety of innovations into medical education and practice in Australia and overseas with an emphasis on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine in medical practice. 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 on a variety of health-related subjects
Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided