About the Course
Our mindfulness programme is an 8-week course made up of weekly 2-hour sessions. It includes all the essential elements of both courses which are considered the gold-standard in mindfulness training: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Participants will develop insight into their emotions, thoughts and sensations, becoming less caught up in habitual response patterns. Simple techniques like sitting meditation and gentle movement help us to become more focussed, aware, relaxed and present.
Researchers and participants have reported the following as benefits of mindfulness training:
- greater insight and self-awareness
- more useful responses to stressful situations and unpleasant experiences
- better concentration and creativity
- improved self-confidence
- greater friendliness to oneself and others
- improved physical health
- a fresher relationship to our experience and the world around us
Each week, participants are given homework assignments, including practice of the exercises taught in the classes, taking 30-45 minutes per day. You will get the most from the course if you are able to make this commitment to home practice. You will learn to bring mindfulness into your daily life, whether walking to work, eating breakfast or taking a shower. The homework will help to embed the practices in your life so that you can continue to develop mindfulness skills once the course has ended, leading to lasting change.
Mindful parenting is based on an adaptation of MBSR and MBCT. We introduce the formal meditation practices such as the body scan, mindfulness of breath, mindful movement etc in roughly the same progression as the MBSR/ MBCT courses. We introduce ‘mindfulness of everyday activities’ to help with various situations that come up in family settings with our children and family relationships and to help clarify and enhance how we respond in difficult circumstances. We focus on day-to-day parenting and family activities. In addition we weave short self- compassion practices throughout the 8 weeks.
Training in compassion and learning to open and soften to the difficulties of parenting via a group is extraordinarily helpful as we are often holding so much for the family and it can be a relief to be able to share and investigate our challenges with support, and in this way alleviate and transform our parental suffering. Simply by relating differently to the difficulties in a compassionate way, our attitude towards them may change for the better.
We also help parents recognize patterns arising in their relationship with their child that may originate from their own childhood, using techniques adapted from schema therapy (recognising patterns of behaviours). The course includes exercises to help parents become aware of their own personal limits, to help them set limits with their child. Finally we include exercises to help parents reconnect emotionally with their child after a difficult conflict, finding ways to hold any situation with courage and kindness.
Clinical trials indicate that Mindful Parenting helps in the following ways:
- Reduces parents’ behaviour and emotional problems
- Reduces child behaviour and emotional problems
- Reduces parenting stress and parental reactivity to stress
- Improves parenting and co-parenting
- Increases general mindfulness
- Reduces parental experiential avoidance
- Increases mindfulness with children
Mindfulness coaching for teens
Debbie is offering mindfulness coaching for teens, having been requested by the parents who took our courses to help their children alleviate some of the stresses of exams, difficult emotions and the challenges of simply growing up. Debbie uses the curriculum from the Mindfulness in Schools .b teachings and draws on her own training of teaching mindfulness over eight years, plus her own experience of struggles with depression and life experiences, having been in therapy herself for over 10 years and working with patients and and working in the field of ss teachers healing through acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over 15 years.
Debbie is now fully trained as a Mindfulness Supervisor, qualified to provide ongoing support for mindfulness teachers.
Definition of Mindfulness Supervision: “A regular space that is contracted between supervisor and supervisee that enables them to reflect together on the supervisee’s mindfulness practice and explore how it impacts and integrates with their work and life. This process is dedicated to developing and deepening the growth, understanding and effectiveness of the supervisee’s application of mindfulness, both personally and in their working life'.
All mindfulness teachers are required to have a supervisor as part of the UK Network’s Good Practice Guidelines, Debbie has been teaching Mindfulness for the last eight years and studied at Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice for five years to MA standard and is fully equipped to assist and guide new teachers in the field of teaching mindfulness courses.