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Free choice subjectMindfulness in
Human Givens Practice

A one-day course with tutor: Sandra van Nispen

This course is not currently available

The useful mental discipline of mindfulness (which is much older than the Buddhist tradition many Western people think it derives from) is being increasingly employed by psychotherapists to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions.

This is because it can be extremely helpful for limiting the time people spend misusing their imagination by catastrophising (which so often significantly adds to their distress and can lead to mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression) by training them to be able to focus, at will, their attention on the present.

What you will gain from the day:

  • A detailed explanation of what mindfulness is which also highlights how it corresponds to certain aspects of the human givens approach
  • A thorough understanding of the value of practising mindfulness and the benefits it can bring to clients and ourselves (therapeutic and otherwise)
  • Knowledge of the scientific research into mindfulness, which has been undertaken over the last decade, with emphasis on how long-term practice strengthens the cognitive function of the pre-frontal cortex
  • The opportunity to experience mindfulness (MF) for yourself during a number of exercises throughout the day
  • Tips on how to teach this technique to patients suffering from stress, depression, anxiety disorders and anger
  • A memorable experience with a brilliant trainer
  • And more ...



Who should attend?

  • Anyone working with distressed and anxious people, including psychotherapists, counsellors and life coaches who would like to develop their expertise in this area and learn how it can successfully be incorporated into their practice
  • HR personnel who may also need to help people stop misusing their imaginations by worrying excessively
  • Anyone interested in mindfulness for personal reasons

Course Programme

The 'Mindfulness in Human Givens Practice' counselling course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's agenda

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – Background information: Mindfulness and its value

  • How the technique links to innate human needs and resources (the human givens)
  • Mindfulness training is a simple and practical way to help us calm down and observe more clearly unhelpful patterns in our thoughts and emotions – a useful support for any kind of change we want to make in our lives
  • Training and developing ‘the attention muscle’. The degree of control we have over our attention mechanism is a measure of human maturity
  • Exercise

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – The importance of giving and withdrawing attention

  • Awakening body awareness and control. How the application of mindfulness helps in getting people's innate needs met
  • The Observing Self (awareness of being aware) and how to develop the skill of being aware of whatever arises in the mind from moment to moment, in a non-judgmental way
  • Why the ability to focus and defocus attention at will is important for self-development
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Demonstration and exercise

1.00pm — Lunch break

1.45pm – Mindfulness as a self-help tool

  • Why mindfulness helps people calm down
  • How to teach mindfulness to: patients suffering mood disorders; stressed executives; and children
  • Mindfulness for improving your own personal effectiveness

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Q&A and discussion

  • The day ends with a valuable Mindfulness experience

4.00pm — Day ends


Book your place on this popular course now:

Mindfulness in Human Givens Practice

There are no dates currently scheduled for this course

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