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2018 Pre-Congress Workshop 4: Advanced Skills in Mindfulness-based Interventions: Navigating the Ethics in and of Mindfulness

Jun 25, 2018 09:00AM
Palais des congrès de Montréal

Presented by: Lynette Monteiro, Frank Musten
Sponsored by: Clinical Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Continuing Education Credits: 6



CPA Members: $345.00 + GST + QST 

Non-Members: $425.00 + GST + QST 

CPA/IAAP Student Affiliates: $230.00 + GST + QST

Delegate categories will be as per the World Bank Economic Categories:

  • Category A = Higher-income economies (GNI per capita: $12,236 or more)
  • Category B = Upper-middle-income economies (GNI per capita: $3,956 to $12,235)
  • Category C = Lower-middle-income economies (GNI per capita: $1,006 to $3,955) & Low-income economies (GNI per capita: $1,005 or less)

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If you are a Non-Canadian Resident residing in a Category B or C country, please click here.

Duration: Full Day (9:00 – 16:30)
Target Audience: Clinicians, counsellors, spiritual counsellors, graduate students, and trauma counsellors
Skill/Difficulty Level: Intermediate Level

Workshop Description:

In Buddhist teachings, suffering arises through avoidance of painful experiences and because of incongruences between stated and lived values. While secular mindfulness approaches focus on the experiential process to reduce suffering, practicing values-congruent actions is also necessary to cultivate healthy relationships with self and others. This workshop examines clinical implications of ethics that are intrinsic in mindfulness practices and the ethics of applying mindfulness approaches in specific settings. By examining the ethics inherent in mindfulness, clinicians can help clients explore their needs, the values that guide their life and the incongruences between their expressed values and actions. The ethics of mindfulness explores applications of mindfulness practices in settings that may create additional values-incongruence. Both ethical aspects require clinicians to be familiar with core elements that inform mindfulness approaches, awareness of the clinician’s subtle values in the therapeutic setting, and the need for caution when adapting mindfulness approaches to the requirements of specific settings. Holding this space skillfully as the client clarifies their relationship with self and others can result in a deeper and more sustained transformation.

The foundational elements of mindfulness (body, emotions, sensations, and thinking) will be examined as an integrated model of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). Using this framework, three important elements of mindfulness will be practiced: the inquiry process, behavioural practices of values-based mindfulness (Five Skillful Habits), and informed adaptations of mindfulness practices for specific client needs (trauma, work stress). Experiential and interactive exercises will be practiced, enhancing clinicians’ mindfulness skills and cultivating self-inquiry skills that support their mindfulness approaches.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand foundational mindfulness concepts that underpin the formal and informal practices of MBIs and their ethical issues
  2. Distinguish ethics in mindfulness from ethics of mindfulness-based interventions
  3. Integrate the Five Skillful Habits into mindfulness approaches in therapeutic settings
  4. Assess adaptations of mindfulness practices as appropriate to the intention of the therapeutic needs of the client
  5. Learn how to engage in self-inquiry to ensure the skillful use of mindfulness approaches and that their adaptation is consistent with the client's needs and values