BIRCH TREE ONLINE COURSES
We are thrilled to be able to offer our detailed courses online. Each of the courses assists in delving deeper into topics that we have found to be incredibly beneficial for clinicians and individuals to understand more thoroughly.
Each course is based on a five-week program featuring handouts, worksheets, additional resources, and a weekly 'lecture' (a video with accompanying audio).
See below for more information about each course.
Mindfulness training for clinicians and individuals.
Psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, has defined mindfulness in this way: “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”.
Practising mindfulness training helps identify, live with, and reduce difficult, painful feelings, thoughts and sensations and has been shown to enhance well-being.
Research on the neural perspective of how mindfulness meditation works suggests that it exerts its effects in components of attention regulation, body awareness, emotional regulation, and change in perspective of self.
People who practise mindfulness can develop a sense of mastery over their thoughts and feelings. They learn to be able to have some agency over them. It is a self-empowering process.
Mindfulness practice has been shown to reduce anxiety; depression; substance abuse; chronic pain, and much more. Some of the other benefits of regular mindfulness practice include:
learning how to focus one’s attention on the task at hand rather than having a wandering mind and not doing any one task well;
being “in the now” and not being side tracked by unhelpful thoughts or impulses; and
mastering the non-judgemental observation of external and internal stimuli as they come into play and exert an (often unwelcome) influence.