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2018 Pre-Congress Workshop 5: Cultivating Mindfulness: Foundational Practices for Psychotherapy

Jun 24, 2018 01:00PM
Palais des congrès de Montréal

Presented by: Lynette Monteiro, Melissa Tiessen
Sponsored by: Clinical Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Continuing Education Credits: 3.25



CPA/IAAP Members: $195.00 + GST + QST 

Non-Members: $275.00 + GST + QST

CPA/IAAP Student Affiliates: $125.00 + 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: Half Day (13:00 – 16:30)
Target Audience: Clinicians, counsellors, spiritual counsellors, and graduate students.
Skill/Difficulty Level: Introductory Level

Workshop Description:

This workshop focuses on the development of therapeutic skills for mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) as developed in Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management (MBSM). The foundational concepts of mindfulness - body, emotions, sensations, and thinking - will be explored as an integrated model of intervention. The three elements of mindfulness interventions – distress tolerance, over-identification of the constructed self, and discernment of pain and suffering – will be examined as the underpinnings of MBSM. To assist in motivating and sustaining practice by offering a pragmatic framework that allows for behavioural change, the Five Skillful Habits are used as a values-congruence practice for clients to clarify areas of challenge in their practice. The four foundations of mindfulness intertwine with the Five Skillful Habits to form an intuitive and user-friendly self-directed program for clients. The inquiry protocols will be practiced, helping the clinician cultivate the client’s awareness of their experiential process and increase their distress tolerance, openness to alternative perspectives of self-identification, and understanding of the causes of suffering as different from the experience of pain.

This workshop is open to clinicians interested in learning about mindfulness interventions and those who wish to refresh their understanding of the therapeutic applications of mindfulness approaches.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the integrated model of mindfulness and its application in psychotherapy and counselling
  2. Develop skills in using the four foundations of mindfulness as a framework for interventions
  3. Acquire experiential practice of mindfulness practices
  4. Understand how to apply the Five Skillful Habits as behavioural practices for cultivating values as part of mindfulness practice
  5. Develop the Inquiry process to clarify therapeutic process and self-reflection skills for therapist and clients