Mindfulness

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

2 days 8:30am – 4:30pm 14 CPD hours

Course Brief

Mindfulness provides the key linking theme within both skills training in DBT and all Third Wave CBT approaches - representing both a state of being as well as a technique. This two day course provides the delegates with practice opportunities of different types of mindfulness, as well as outlines a context within which different third wave approaches incorporate and conceptualise mindfulness: from Compassionate Mindfulness, through Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy to developing mindfulness as an alternative skill to emotional avoidance.

During the course of the two days, delegates will not only understand and practice different types of mindfulness exercises that they can incorporate into their work with clients but also address a range of practical questions and problems that inevitably arise when using this approach with clients. Questions include: Managing resistant clients, handling client concerns about mindfulness, the use of mindfulness with different client groups, dispelling mindfulness myths, the practicalities of running mindfulness groups, the degree to which the practitioner needs to be skilled in mindfulness practice themselves before teaching others.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete one or two the BPS Approved Certificates: Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Certificate in Third Wave CBT. You can build up gradually your training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Certificate.

Accreditation Level 1 (Foundation) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending any of the modules comprising the above Certificates via live training or live/recorded webcast.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Attendance, as well as access to the course materials and other resources, and enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in Certificate in Third Wave CBT Level 1 (Foundation).

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast. Successful completion of the online refresher, which includes the associated exam, gives you SDS Level 2 Accreditation.

SDS Accreditation, Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending all modules of an SDS Modular course via live training or live/recorded webcast and passing an appropriate online exam after completing the whole course.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation as a Practitioner in Certificate in Third Wave CBT.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast listed as a suitable refresher course. Should you renew your accreditation within these 3 years, your access to these refresher courses is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

SDS Accreditation, Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) is as Level 2, with the addition of:

  • Submitting a project of an acceptable standard (3,000 words) at the end of your Certificate training. The purpose of the project is to illustrate that you can apply the academic knowledge gained from the course to a clinical situation.
  • Submitting a written statement from your Clinical Supervisor confirming the regularity and duration of your supervision with them and your Competence as a clinician in the chosen topic. Your Clinical Supervisor should meet our qualification criteria.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) Accreditation as a Practitioner in Certificate in Third Wave CBT.

You also will be given an option to be listed in the SDS Register of Qualified Practitioners in the appropriate field – our Network of Qualified Practitioners.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast listed as a suitable refresher course and by submitting a new written statement from your Supervisor. Should you renew your accreditation within these 3 years, your access to these refresher courses and the written assignment is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

Course Tutor

Dr Nuno Ferreira
PhD, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Nuno Ferreira is a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh where he teaches and supervises research projects across several post-graduate programmes in Clinical Psychology. Gaining his qualification as a Clinical Psychologist in Portugal, Nuno has worked in several services in clinical capacities both in Portugal and in the UK. From 2007 onwards he became interested in the use and development of Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural approaches in clinical setting. His main research focus has been on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for long-term or chronic health conditions, having completed a PhD researching the use of ACT for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Nuno has published a book and several research articles on ACT and is regular presenter at several international conferences in this subject area.

Nuno has been involved in the training Doctoral students in ACT at the University of Edinburgh since 2009. He has lead several skills-based workshops at international events, and also provides training in ACT for NHS Scotland services. He is also an invited lecturer in Third Wave CBT approaches at the University of Cyprus.

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Mindfulness in Psychotherapy: Tailoring the Practice to the Person (8 DVD)

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Mindfulness & awareness of the present moment with acceptance is a deceptively simple way of relating to experience that has been practiced for over 2,500 years to alleviate human suffering. Recently, mental health professionals are enthusiastically discovering that mindfulness holds great promise for their own personal development and as a way to enhance therapeutic relationships. It is also the central ingredient in a great number of new empirically validated treatments, and is proving to be a remarkably powerful technique to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy.

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Mindfulness for Life: An Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn - 1 CPD Hour

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In an era of smartphones, Facebook, and endless distractions, practicing mindfulness is a radical act. Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as purposefully and non-judgmentally paying attention to the present moment, as if your life depended on it. Preoccupied with planning for the future or ruminating about the past, the present moment so often gets completely overlooked, robbing us of the opportunity to be fully, consciously, and responsibly alive. Mindfulness is the antidote to this tendency to sleepwalk through our days, and an invitation to reclaim our lives.