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Practitioner Training in Focussed Mindfulness

CPD 2022 Focussed Mindfulness – an effective intervention for trauma and emotional suffering.

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The Focussed Mindfulness MethodTM (FMM) is a direct and powerful approach for addressing whatever is preventing your client from feeling calm, empowered and present. It is a blend of coaching, mindfulness and guided exercises that get straight to the root cause of issues. It works by changing the way your client feels and gives them fresh insight into their issues – they do not have to talk about difficult things if they don’t want to. You can then give them exercises to practice so they continue to improve between sessions.

Recent studies have shown that most clients undergoing 3 sessions of FMM show significant improvement in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, overwhelm, anger, suicidal ideation and addictive behaviour.

The year-long foundation course in FMM begins in January 2022. The learning is experiential and you will quickly build trusting and deep relationships with your year group while you gain confidence in using the techniques. There is always support and encouragement on hand and from the very first workshop you will learn techniques that give you a fresh perspective on yourself, your life and your relationships. Over the year you will develop a healthier and more mindful way of being. There are 10 day-long workshops and 10 one to one sessions with an experienced practitioner – so you are supported every step of the way. Students are encouraged to focus on their own healing journey in the foundation year.

Therapists and coaches may feel confident in integrating FMM into their practice during the foundation year, but many apply to attend the second year, practitioner, course and work towards accreditation. This comprises 10 applied workshops and one to one supervision. The length of time it takes you to achieve accreditation will depend on how quickly you become confident and intuitive with the techniques. We have stringent regulation in place and demand a high standard of our practitioners. accreditation is reviewed annually.

Our accredited practitioners are confident that they can achieve fantastic results with clients suffering the effects of trauma; depression, anxiety, addictive behaviours and suicidal ideation. Some integrate FMM into their already established practice while others are invited to join our social enterprise, Absolute Specialists Wellbeing which is currently supporting people who self-harm; are not in education, training or employment; are suffering the emotional fallout from the pandemic or are feeling isolated because they are caring for someone at home. It is an approach which will benefit just about everybody who is willing to give it a go.

Details of the course are below.

Year 1: Foundation course. You will be offered 10 individual supervision sessions to support your progress through the year.

Workshop title and date

Content

Learning outcomes

Further reading and study

1.Introduction to course: developing greater Presence.

Active listening: 10 minutes each way – hopes and fears.

Group feedback and discussion

Theory: three legged stool of spiritual development

Conscious writing exercise: 10 minutes

Group feedback and discussion

Empty chair exercise

Meditation: presence

The therapeutic benefits of being heard

Self-awareness: noticing any tendency to rescue, collude or judge. Value of speaking and writing as reflective tools.

Developing an inner supervisor

Experiencing greater presence

Reading: A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle

Reflective journal

Reflection – personal healing journey

2. The practice of mindfulness

Understanding mindfulness, introducing the different schools, experience different meditations, consider establishing your own practice

Mindfulness is an essential element of Focussed Mindfulness, experience different meditations and get clear on what form of practice will support you for now.

Vidyamala Burch Mindfulness for Health, Jon Kabat-Zinn wherever you go, there you are! Insight Timer app.

Establish daily practice

3. Questioning thoughts

Introducing Byron Katie

Future integration script

Demonstration of questioning thoughts exercise

Theory: unconscious patterns and the reptile brain

Triad work: questioning thoughts exercise

Feedback and discussion

Experience of freedom and conscious awareness created by this exercise

Exploration of applications

Reading: Byron Katie, Loving What Is.

Reflective Journal

Self study with script

Practice on friends and family. Meditation – who am I?

4. The Frozen Child

Demonstration of Frozen child exercise

Theory: soothing, therapeutic benefits in trauma/abuse recovery, reacting versus responding

Triad work

Feedback and discussion

Explore your own frozen child and empowered adult. Understanding the effects of trauma; reacting versus responding consciously

Reading: The Body Keeps The Score.

Reflective journal-personal ‘wounds’

Meditation: soothing the inner child

5.Pain Release Process

Waves meditation

Demonstration of PRP.

Theory: levels of consciousness,

being present, living with pain rather than from pain

Triad work

Feedback and discussion

Experiencing the effect of the meditation

Applications in practice

Reading: The Journey Brandon Bays.

Reflective journal- personal pain experiences. Meditations – present moment awareness

6. Heart to Heart

Guided meditation of heart to heart

Theory: healing and reconciling past pain

Triad work

Feedback and discussion

Personal experience of benefits

Applications in practice

Reading: Zero Limits Joe Vitale

Reflective journal- healing relationships

Meditation: Ho Opono pono. The Gentle Art of Blessing – Pierre Pradervand

7.Memory Reframe

Demonstration – phobia cure, memory reframe.

Theory – the lily pond, survival strategies

Triads

Feedback and discussion

Personal experience of the process

Applications in practice

Reading: Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Reflective journal

Meditation – loving awareness

8. Conscious Communication

Non violent communication, transactional analysis, theory, triads, feedback, discussion.

Awareness of the power of communication to positively affect relationships , develop skills.

NVC Marshall Rosenberg, TA Today Stewart and Joines  

9.Parts Integration

Demonstration – parts integration

Theory – Jungian archetypes

revision of frozen child

triads – parts

feedback and discussion

Personal exploration of dissociation and triggers

Application of process in challenging situations

Reading – Divine Contracts, Caroline Myss,

Reflective journal – parts recognition and triggers

Meditation – permission to be yourself

10. Trauma Integration Process, ethics, what next?

Demonstration – TIP

Triad work

Living with Integrity discussion What next? Code of Ethics, Accreditation, professional practice.

Personal exploration of supervision needs and personal and professional development needs. Next steps clarified

Reflective journal – complete and submit (if continuing into professional training).

CPD needs – reflection and submission

Year 2 – accreditation for professional practice, by invitation. These workshops will run alongside individual supervision and when you are ready you can begin practicing with support from your supervisor.

1.Ethics, supervision

Code of practice, AS policies, practicing under supervision terms, insurance. Revision of PRP

2.Coaching techniques

Coaching models, GROW, powerful questions, goal setting

3.Creative methods and FMM

Using art, drama and mark making, writing as tools for working with clients in your practice

4.Body based work and FMM

embedding your emotional healing in the physical body

5. Working with physical health conditions, chronic ill health

PRP for pain, healing the body – guided meditation

6.Relationship coaching, Divorce coaching

Working with couples, understanding the law, routes to divorce, working with lawyers

7.Workplace wellbeing

tools to take into the workplace – including an understanding of health education, promotion, initiatives and resources available

8.Working with trauma, addictions/self harm

Understand what healing is needed for recovery and how and when to use the FMM tools.

9.Working with different client group – elderly, death and dying, young people

Skills and tools for working with young people, living wills, end of life planning.

10. Practice development – where next for you?

Clarifying your own professional journey – tools and tips for setting up your own practice, working with ASW 

The fee for the foundation year is £2000, there are assisted places available. The fee for the practitioner year will be between £600 and £1200 depending on how much further training you need.

To find out more about the training please ring the course director: Clare Walters on 07984115927 or email, or you may prefer to attend the 2 hour introductory workshop on 16th October. More info here.

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