Summary of workshop
Based on the evidence-based MBSR course designed and researched by Jon Kabat Zinn at Harvard, our course will provide you with the tools and techniques necessary to manage stress and promote self-care and well-being in your life. Our expert instructors are fully trained mindfulness teachers, each with almost 30 years of experience working in the NHS as clinicians and educators. They have personally benefited from their own practice of mindfulness and are qualified from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in Wales.
Recent research suggests that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) self-help may be more clinically effective and cost-efficient than the current NHS standard, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) self-help. A study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that people who used a mindfulness self-help book and support sessions saw greater improvement in depressive symptoms than those given a CBT-based sessions.
What will be covered?
- Learn about the definition of mindfulness and its rationale
- Practice meditation techniques such as the sitting practice and the body scan
- Discuss relevant stress physiology and the evidence base for mindfulness
- Explore the benefits of mindfulness in relationships and mindful communication
- Gain practical tips on how to practice mindfulness in life
Day 1 will focus on introducing participants to the fundamentals of mindfulness, including key meditation practices and relevant stress physiology. At the end of the day, they will receive homework to practice at home over the next 4 weeks.
Day 2 will build on your progress from Day 1, providing you with additional meditation practices and an opportunity for participants to discuss their home practice from the previous 4 weeks.
Participants will also learn about the benefits of mindfulness in relationships and communication, and receive signposting to additional resources to continue your practice.
By the end of our course, participants will have gained a deep understanding of mindfulness and its evidence-based benefits for stress reduction and well-being. They will have learned a variety of meditation techniques and practical tips for incorporating mindfulness into their daily life. Participants will be empowered with the knowledge and tools necessary to take control of their stress and promote a greater sense of well-being.
This course is ideal for:
Postgraduate doctors, SAS, local employed doctors, consultants, and allied healthcare professionals