MBET Certificate in Counselling Skills
Mindfulness Training Course (5 weeks) - MBET Certificate
Mindfulness can be defined as a human attentional capacity and can be understood from multiple perspectives.
Therapy works better, is more efficient and effective when it takes place in a context provided by a therapist who is clear and settled. In cultivating a more attuned and loving relationship to ourselves we nurture our capacity for more resonant connection with others. Empathic attunement is regarded as an essential common factor that contributes to therapy effectiveness.
Mindfulness (attentional) training can provide a powerful experiential method for awakening vital therapeutic qualities like empathy, attunement and presence. It can also cultivate the ability to shift modes (doing and being) before allowing the holding of all experience in a wider awareness that is neither sensory nor conceptual.
One feature of being a person is the centrality of experience. Subjective experience refers to the 'first person experience' and the process of being aware. One feature of subjective experience of
the self is a sense of reflexiveness or our ability for metacognition (awareness of awareness).
Body awareness has a crucial role to play in the conscious experience of emotions which is a precondition for emotion regulation. When working with emotions the therapist engages with nonverbal resonance as well as through words and emotions (often felt in the body). The connection between client and therapist happens explicitly as well as through what has been called a 'relational unconscious'.
The approach is grounded in a dialectical perspective on reality and experience. It attempts to integrate acceptance and change strategies into a coherent treatment package. Here an idea or theory is a thesis which elicits an opposing idea or theory called the antithesis. The MBET approach emphasizes a synthesis of acceptance and change via the collaborative - therapeutic relationship.
Neuroscience crosses the boundary between the natural / biological sciences and the social / behavioural sciences. It is our understanding that recent and current neuroscience findings regarding
the neurobiology of human development have important implications for the field of counselling and psychotherapy. By understanding the neurobiological context giving rise to mental health therapists
may be able to apply therapeutic interventions appropriately. At the moment there are a number of strategies that are solidly grounded in neurobiology (Cozolino, 2002).
1. The establishment of a safe and trusting relationship.
2. Gaining new information and experience across the domains of cognition, emotion, sensation and behaviour.
3. The simultaneous or alternating activation of neural networks that are inadequately integrated or dissociated.
4. Moderate levels of stress or emotional arousal alternating with periods of calm and safety.
5. The integration of conceptual knowledge with emotional and bodily experience through narratives that are co-constructed with the therapist.
Any neuroscience informed approach to therapy will evolve as a result of new findings in this domain.