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This two day course will focus on deepening understanding and application of Mindfulness as a skill utilized by both clients and clinicians in contemporary psycho-social interventions such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Mindfulness is considered the “core” of DBT, the skill that is needed to effectively employ any other skill. Research suggests that Mindfulness training may improve an individual’s ability to both pay attention and regulate emotions. Some leading experts have suggested that Mindfulness is a “mechanism of change” or essential active ingredient in interventions such as DBT. Therefore, a sophisticated understanding of Mindfulness is considered especially valuable for practitioners attempting to apply interventions such as DBT and ACT. The historical roots of mindfulness as a cultural and religious construct will also be discussed.
Following the workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Precisely define both what mindfulness is and what mindfulness is not.
- Link Mindfulness skills to other common DBT skills (e.g. Radical Acceptance).
- Teach Mindfulness experientially using a variety of exercises.
- Know the essential ingredients of a Mindfulness exercise so that attending clinicians will then be able to create their own Mindfulness exercises after the workshop.
- Use Mindfulness as a skill for the clinician her or himself in order to improve attention and effectiveness during the therapeutic encounter.
- Understand some of the historical roots of Mindfulness as a clinical as well as historical and religious concept.
About the Instructor:
Dr. Kenneth Kwan, Ph.D., RMFT, C.Psych. is the Founder and Executive Director/Chief Psychologist of Oshawa Psychological & Counselling Services, Woodbine Psychological & Counselling Services, and Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute. He is a registered psychologist in clinical and counselling psychology, a registered marriage and family therapist, an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a registered sex therapist and an approved supervisor with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy & Couselling in Ontario (BESTCO). He has over 20 years of clinical practice experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
Dr. Kwan has provided extensive clinical training within the academic arena both as a lecturer and clinical supervisor. Dr. Kwan has been a sessional lecturer, an associate graduate faculty member and clinical supervisor with both the Counselling Psychology, and School and Clinical Child Psychology programs at OISE, University of Toronto, and adjunct professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). He was an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.
In addition to clinical psychology, Dr. Kwan also has a strong interest in the practice of sport psychology. He has worked with elite athletes to improve their competitive edge. Dr. Kwan owned and operated a karate and fitness centre in the 90’s. He completed the National Coaching Certificate Program (Karate), Level I (Certified) and Level II (Theory) and has taught Health Psychology at the School of Kinesiology & Health Science, York University.