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Therapeutic Presence and the Present Moment. Integrating Mindfulness in Clinical Practice WNWR (11/06 /17

Presenter: Gerry Cunningham

Event Details
Family Resource Centre Boyle - formerly Family Life Centre
Registration 9.30: Starts 10am to 5pm

West NorthWest Regional Committee

Present a workshop entitled: 

Therapeutic Presence and the Present Moment. Integrating Mindfulness in Clinical Practice


Presenters Bio: Gerry Cunningham came to study psychotherapy at 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 in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, University of Oxford, PG Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, University of Cambridge). 

Workshop Outline: In this workshop, we will:

Learn mindful inquiry and guided discovery or how to process a mindfulness exercise with a client, which is key to effective learning,Creatively reflect and integrate theories of presence and relationship from Humanistic, Existential, Cognitive and Eastern approaches and the neurobiology of therapeutic presence 

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

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 exercises, discussion, reflective supervision and mindfulness-based self-care

Training Level: All Levels.


CPD certificates will be emailed to participants after attendance at the Workshop.


"Workshop Limited to 28 places" IACP Members Only

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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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