Buddhist Psychology:  Clinical and personal applications of mindfulness and mindful-compassion

Buddhist Psychology: Clinical and personal applications of mindfulness and mindful-compassion

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May 10 & 11, 2019

Day 1:  Holistic mindfulness and the eight-fold path

Day 2:  Mindful-compassion: Ancient and contemporary perspectives and practices

Two-day workshop(s) at the Brisbane Theosophical Society, 355 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, (Spring Hill), QLD.

These workshops are sponsored by the Australian Psychological Society, Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group (APS, BPIG)

Facilitator: Malcolm Huxter, clinical psychologist and teacher of Buddhist meditation

Date and times:  Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of May 2019. 9 am to 5pm.  (in total 13 CPD hours, catering for 1.5 hours devoted to lunch which will not be supplied. Participants will need to bring their lunch or purchase it from nearby food outlets).

These two days will provide an opportunity to experience and understand the clinical (and personal) applications of Buddhist mindfulness and four relationship qualities (loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity). The workshops will include presentations, interactive discussion, reflection, experiential exercises, movement and different forms of meditation. They will emphasise the experiential and involve the integration of theory and practice. These two workshops are connected yet may be attended separately.

Day one will focus on the clinical and personal relevance of the four applications of mindfulness, calm and insight meditation and the eight-fold path.

Day two  will focus on the clinical and personal applications of loving kindness, compassion and appreciative joy, with reference to contemporary mindful-compassion approaches including Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT).  

Learning Objectives

Day one:

  • Understand the Buddhist four foundations of mindfulness.  
  • Understand the therapeutic applications of the Buddha’s framework of the eight-fold path.
  • Understand the differences between calm and insight meditation practices and how to apply them with clinical populations.
  • Learn from first-hand experience the personal and clinical utility of cultivating three levels of mindfulness: mechanistic, informed and holistic.

Day two:

  • Understand the distinguishing features of each of the relationship qualities.  
  • Understand how the cultivation the four relationship qualities work as antidotes to destructive relationships with oneself and other.
  • Experience and understand helpful therapeutic strategies from CFT, MSC and Positive Neuro-plasticity Training (Rick Hanson).
  • Learn from first-hand experience the personal and clinical utility of cultivating one or more of the relationship qualities of loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.

On the first day the presenter will clarify a Buddhist approach to mindfulness outlining both theory and practice. This will include descriptions of the four applications of mindfulness, calm and insight meditation and the eight-fold path inclusive of their clinical relevance. This workshop will demonstrate how the Buddhist approach to mindfulness can augment existing frameworks, protocols and practices based on contemporary third wave therapies.

The second day will outline the practices of the four relationship qualities linking them the theoretical framework and mindfulness practices of the previous day. The second day will include opportunities to practise one or more of these qualities as meditation practices.  It will also make significant reference to some new generation third wave therapies and programs such as: Mindful Self Compassion (MSC, Germer and Neff) Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT,  Paul Gilbert) and Positive Neuroplasticity Training  (PNT-Rick Hanson).  Participants will be given the opportunity to experience, first hand, some strategies and exercises from these approaches.

The Presenter:

Mal Huxter is a clinical psychologist in private practice and a teacher of Buddhist meditation. He is the author of “Healing the heart and mind with mindfulness.” Routledge 2016 and has been teaching insight, serenity and the four heart qualities (loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity) since 1991. He is also a certified teacher of Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and has trained in a range of third wave therapies including CFT and ACT. He began training in Buddhist meditation practices in 1975, living in Thailand as a Buddhist monk for two years in the late 1970’s. For more info about Mal go to: www.malhuxter.com

Venue: The Brisbane Theosophical Society. 
355 Wickham Terrace, 
Brisbane, (Spring Hill)
Queensland 4000 Australia

Costs for two Day registration:
BPIG member $300
BPIG student member $160
APS member $350
APS student member $200
Non APS member $395

Non APS member, BPIG subscriber – please contact the APS Member Group Events team for registration details ig@psychology.org.au

One day registration:
BPIG member $160
BPIG student member $90
APS member $185
APS student member $110
Non APS member $210

For registration and other details click on this link: https://www.psychology.org.au/Event/20437