Presenters Bio: Gerry Cunningham came to study psychotherapy and postgraduate level (Dublin City University) from an academic background firmly rooted in the humanities (MA in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy). He has been extensively trained in Mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PG Diploma in CBT, University of Oxford, Masters, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, University of Oxford, PG Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, University of Cambridge. He has attended training with some of the leading names in Mindfulness and CBT including Jon Kabat-Zinn (MBSR), Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal (MBCT), Aaron Beck (Cognitive Therapy) and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice of Bangor University. Gerry has a private practice at the Mindfulness Clinic and provides tailored treatment approaches in CBT, counselling and psychotherapy, supervision and reflective practice. He is currently pursuing research interests at the University of Cambridge.
Workshop Outline: The most powerful quality we can bring to any relationship including the therpeutic relationship is our capacity to be fully present. The workshop is desighed to support psychotherapists and mental health professionals in developing and deepening mindfulness in clinical practice and for cultivating compassion, wise and embodied presence.
In the workshop, we will (1) Learn mindful inquiry and guided discovery or how to process a mindfulness exercise with a client, which is key to effective learning. (2) Creatively reflect and integrate theories of presence and relationship from Humanistic, Existential, Cognitive, and Eastern approaches and the neurobiology of therapeutic presence. (3) Learn to connect deeply with clients on their moment-to- moment experience and to understand interactions, transferences and obstacles that may prevent therapists from being fully engaged and embodied. (4) Engage in the art of mindful listening and correct empathy and cultivate wisdom and compassion for self and clients.
The workshop will consist of a balance of seminars, experiential and creative exercise, discussion, reflective practice and mindfulness-based self-care.
Training Level: Intermediate-advanced.