Workshops & Training

Want to learn mindfulness and emotional resilience skills in a friendly group setting?

Don’t need therapy, but still want to understand how you can make your mind work for, not against you?

Curious about how to put psychological science to work in dealing with everyday challenges? 

We developed the Mindfulness in ACTion program for you.

The first Mindfulness in ACTion program takes place this August in Northcote. Like to find out more? Keep reading…

Mindfulness you can use.

Do you face these life challenges?

  • Worry holds you back
  • Difficult feelings result in poor choices
  • Fear of criticism or failure paralyse you
  • It’s hard to achieve a sense of calm and serenity
  • Procrastination stops you getting things done
  • You don’t know exactly what you want

If you want more out of life and any of those challenges are getting in your way, the Mindfulness in ACTion program may be for you.

What is mindfulness good for?

Mindfulness seems to be ‘flavour of the month’ lately. After thousands of years of development in Eastern spiritual traditions, Western science has started to examine the benefits of mindfulness practices.

Here are a few you might be familiar with:

  • increased concentration
  • reduced anxiety
  • greater empathy and self-compassion

But did you know that mindfulness practice has also been found to:

  • boost the immune system?
  • lower blood pressure?
  • reduce pain sensitivity?
  • increase willpower and self-control?

What is ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training)?

ACT is an approach to dealing with the challenge of being fully human: how to make the most of every moment of your life. It brings together some traditional mindfulness practices (observing, focusing awareness, attending, labelling) with modern behavior analysis methods. The combination helps you identify what is important to you – your values, then from a place of flexible awareness, consistently choose actions consistent with those values.

How does it work?

ACT teaches you two skills:

  1. Open up – How to distance yourself from thoughts and feelings (internal experiences) that get in your way.
  2. Get Moving – How to identify what is important to you in life and focus on taking consistent steps to achieve it.

ACT has been extensively researched as a form of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for nearly 30 years. In the last 15 years it has been transferred out of the psychology clinic and into everyday settings such as classrooms, businesses, sports and performing arts and communities. Long-term mindfulness practitioners have found that learning ACT helps them live fuller, more satisfying lives.

What happens in the Mindfulness in ACTion program?

You spend two hours each Thursday evening learning ACT skills, discussing your observations and getting in touch with what matters to you. Some of the exercises involve sitting quietly for up to 10 minutes while being guided by the facilitators. Others involve physical activity, writing about your experiences, and interaction or discussion with other participants. But don’t worry! You don’t have to take part in any exercise and there’s no pressure to discuss your feelings or experiences.

Is this therapy? 

Absolutely not! Your facilitators are experienced therapists and know the difference between doing therapy and teaching skills. This is definitely about teaching you skills so your can address obstacles and challenges in your life and develop a bigger picture of what your life could be. If you need to address emotional problems like anxiety or depression, or a more focused life challenge like relationship or family conflict, therapy might be a better fit for you. If you’re not sure, feel free to call us before you register, and we’re happy to have a chat about it.

I’m ready to register. What happens next?

First of all make sure you are available for all the dates and times of the program. That’s 7-9pm each Thursday from August 8 to September 19.

Then click on the Registration button below and complete your payment. Make sure to use your discount code/coupon if you have one.

We’ll then contact you to confirm enrolment. As part of that process we’ll need you to complete a couple of brief questionnaires. We do this for two reasons:

  1. We want to track the overall changes in the group of participants from before the program to afterwards so we can make sure what we’re doing is effective.
  2. We want to ensure that people participating in the program are not in a distressed state that might be better addressed by another means, such as individual therapy. This program is not therapy or a substitute for medical or psychological treatment, so anybody facing those issues would be better off seeking the appropriate help rather than participating in the program. Of course, we will provide a full refund to anybody who has enrolled if we recommend they not start the program.
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