MBSR Mindfulness

Venue:  Dunmore East

Date: 4th September 2019

Fee: £120 – Includes all course material

Learn mindfulness through this 8 -session structured course.  One evening per week 7pm – 9pm for 6 weeks plus day workshop Saturday 12th October 10am – 4pm.

This is an opportunity to make friends at the same time as learning this valuable skill that will enhance your life. Mindfulness is clinically proven to lower stress levels, assist in depression and to help with chronic pain management.

Limited to 10 Participants. Refreshments and cake at each session. 

All participants are invited to attend our monthly free ‘drop in’ mindfulness sessions.

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Managing chronic pain

Venue:  Dunmore East

Date: 6th September 2019

Time: 10am – 4pm  Lunch provided

Fee: £60

Chronic pain is an enduring problem for many. Positive psychology has a range of techniques for managing persistent and unrelenting pain. The workshop provides practical skills drawn from CBT, mindfulness, visualisation and story work which will better manage symptoms and provide challenge and motivation to sufferers.

Individuals suffering from inflammatory diseases, autoimmune disorders, physical difficulties and disablement are equally welcome.

The clinic is fully accessable

Limited to 6 Participants and carers welcome if wished.

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MBSR Mindfulness Workshop

Venue:  Dunmore East

Date: 7th September 2019

Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm

Fee: €85 

One day workshop

Our one-day workshops are for people interested in mindfulness or perhaps thinking about taking a mindfulness course.

These workshops introduce key themes for living mindfully and teach core practices to help develop mindfulness in daily life. Tea, coffee, refreshments and a light lunch is included.

The course is limited to 8 participants and early booking is advised.

Mindfulness Retreat Weekend

Venue:  Dunmore East

Date: 14th  – 15th September 2019

Time: 10am – 8.30 pm after the evenign meal

Fee: €400 – retreat, accommodation and food

          €340 – retreat, food and no accomodation

This uplifting mindfulness retreat will teach the basic elements of Mindfulness drawing on both the MBSR techniques and eastern meditation traditions. The retreat will offer opportunities to meditate in nature with safe coastal cliff walks and whale and dolphin spotting, weather and nature permitting .

We have bed and breakfast accommodation for 5 people. There is also a wide range of lovely bed and breakfast providers within 5 minutes of the venue. Participants will have a shared lunch and take part in a mindfully produced evening meal where the whole group is encouraged to participate.

This is a fabulous opportunity to immerse yourself in mindfulness naturally and to do this in a truly beautiful setting. It is particularly suited for those who wish to learn to practice mindfulness in everyday life. In the past it has been particularly appealing to health care staff, teachers and people in general who wish to detach from the demands of everyday life and enter into a deeper relationship with themselves, others and nature.

Resident participants are able to spend some private time after this.
Tea and coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the course.
Retreat participants will receive Lighthouse Psychology Certificate of MBSR

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Working with PTSD and Trauma

Venue:  Waterford Clinic

Date: 11 & 12th September 2019

Trainer: Dr Chrissie Tizzard

Fee: £200 

Working safely with PTSD civilian trauma for psychologists and psychotherapists GP’s and occupational health professionals. This two-day workshop is specifically for professionals who work with or encounter people who have suffered psychological trauma.

The syllabus includes: –

  • Recognising Psychological Trauma, Psychological First Aid, diagnosis and treatment, working safely with trauma and advises on situations where onward referral is needed.
  • It also helps clinicians recognise their own competency levels and prevent vicarious traumatisation.

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Venue:  Dunmore East

Date: starting 21st September 2019

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm Lunch Included

Trainer: Dr Chrissie Tizzard

Fee: €400

This programme is taught over four 4 hour sessions on a Saturday on a fortnightly basis.

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, staying present and responding skilfully to what’s happening in our lives. Mindfulness helps people manage their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships with awareness and compassion, leading to greater well-being and appreciation, as well as more choice in how to meet difficulties.

Currently mindfulness is being incorporated as an adjunct treatment for chronic pain, used as a means of reducing stress in chronic illness and cancer. It also has a growing use as a method of improving concentration in the classroom. Mindfulness can also be used to help children with ASD manage anxiety better.

Mindfulness is cultivated by a exploring a range of simple meditation practices and approaches to living, as taught on our courses.

Our approach is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, which was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts medical school, and which has been used for nearly 40 years to help with stress, anxiety, and chronic health problems, as well as to promote resilience and flourishing.

We also include all the key elements from the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto.

MBCT is itself based on MBSR and the content for both courses is very similar.

An extensive body of clinical research has shown that this approach to teaching mindfulness is helpful for working with a wide range of conditions, as well as for optimising well-being, and it is now taught widely in healthcare, education, workplaces and other settings.

Saturday courses are taught over four 4 hour sessions at fortnightly intervals. There is also a silent retreat on the Sunday at the end of the course.

Dates for the Autumn MBSR programme.

21st September

5th October

19th October

2nd November

Day retreat 3rd November

Lunch and refreshments included. CD’s and handbooks included. All courses can be used for CPD purposes.

Course Facilitators

Dr Christine Tizzard

Dr Chrissie Tizzard is a well regarded Consultant chartered psychologist having a specialist interest in human potential and positive psychology. She is particularly interested in existentialism and this is reflected in her approach.

Her main clinical specialism is in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma.

Training and WorkshopsShiona Watson

Shiona has enjoyed a career as a holistic therapist. She teaches and practices Qigong, was a past president of the Shiatsu society of Ireland and has practiced for many years in Co Clare.

She has taught meditation to individuals drawing on eastern philosophy. Her teaching is uplifting.