|For whom: This mindfulness inspired group is for those who wish to complement their meditative or therapeutic work with a group mindfulness training which examines moment to moment individual and group experience.|
|Rationale: Mindfulness practice includes attending with care to both the internal and external environment.One discerns internal sensation, feeling, mental events as well as the external environment which includes the presence and movements of others. Contemplative Group Dynamics extends internal and external mindfulness to include mindfulness of speech. This provides an opportunity to recognize how internal and external mindfulness are an ever-fresh dynamic informing the appearance of self and other.|
|Method: The group proceeds by sequentially working with the four foundations of mindfulness: body, feeling tone, emotional-mental events, and phenomenon. Each foundation provides further containment of experience and less recycling of the residual forces of the past. The foundations are worked with both silently and with descriptive speech.|
| Learning Objectives:|
1. Observe how one’s behaviours of body, speech, and mind constitute and are constituted by the group environment.
2. Identify automatic behaviours that diminish mindful awareness and cause distress to self and others.
3. Take steps to bring the recognition of the dynamic of internal and external mindfulness from the group to everyday life.
Dr Lawrence Ladden is a Health Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist with specialist training in group dynamics, practicing in the UK since 2013, and for years prior in Philadelphia with expertise in using mindfulness with patients with physical health conditions, such as cancer and chronic pain. A mindfulness instructor for more than 30 years, he developed contemplative group dynamics which is an integration of mindfulness practice and group processes.
Dr Jale Cilasun is a Psychiatrist with specialist training as a Medical Psychotherapist and in Group Analysis who has worked in the NHS for 32 years, last 18 years as Consultant Medical Psychotherapist. She has extensive experience of using the group as therapeutic medium for a wide range of psychological conditions. She has been working with contemplative group dynamics for the last nine years.
|Attendance by application (accessed via the To Book button below) and interview. |
Application deadline: 15 August 2020.
Questions may be directed to Lawrence at [email protected]
When: Saturdays: 29 August,
26 September, 24 October, 21 November,
12 December, 30 January 2021
Where: Zoom Time:10:00 am – 4:30 pm