Mindfulness, Trauma & Dissociation: One Day Workshop with Dr Alistair Wilson

Venue: Avila Carmellite Centre, Bloomfield Avenue, Morehampton Road, Dublin 4. https://goo.gl/maps/VqCm4VmC8Hn

Date: Saturday 3rd February 2018

Time: 9.30-4.30

Cost: €75 (Student rate €55 )



This workshop aims to explore adapting a mindfulness-based approach as an intervention in the treatment of trauma.  It will cover the diagnosis and classification of trauma related syndromes, as well as offering some understanding of the neuroscience of trauma and dissociation to inform an evidence-based intervention.  The adaption of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to work with trauma will be discussed including the modification of mindfulness practices such as Mindful Movement and the Body Scan.

The workshop will be helpful both to established mindfulness teachers who wish to understand and support clients who may be presenting with trauma symptoms and to trauma therapists who would like to explore incorporating a mindfulness-based approach into their current approach, such as Eye Movement Desensitisation Rationale (EMDR) and Trauma-focused CBT.

There is growing interest in the use of a mindfulness based approach in the treatment of trauma, and there are some quite compelling theoretical arguments that point to the possibility that it could be a useful adjunct to existing treatment.  Recent innovations in psychological treatments have integrated mindfulness meditation techniques (Kabat-Zinn et al. 1986) with traditional cognitive and behavioural therapies with promising results (Teasdale et al 2000).  A group treatment programme known as mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has been developed and shown to be effective in reducing relapse in people with recurrent depression (Teasdale et al. 1995; Segal et al. 2002).

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction has been the most widely used and evaluated Mindfulness intervention delivered in work with veterans.  It has usually been offered not as a primary treatment for PTSD but as a structured format to promote recovery and resilience following on from treatment.  It is a standardised 8-week class which is offered as a method of working with persistent suffering and pain to enhance self-compassion, enhance well-being and improve quality of life.  (Kearney et al, 2015)

MBSR is a group intervention consisting of mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga that is designed to have applications for stress, pain and illness.  The program differs from a relaxation approach by aiming at the cultivation of insight and understanding of the self and its relationship to suffering via the practice of Mindfulness.  (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2003)


Dr Alistair Wilson


Dr Alistair Wilson, M.D., F.R.C. Psych., MA (In Mindfulness-Based Approaches)

Alistair has worked as a Consultant Community Psychiatrist within the National Health Service for almost thirty years, during which time he became convinced of the importance of psychological trauma in psychiatric presentation. During this time he completed his training in Cognitive Therapy in Oxford University and a Masters in Mindfulness Based Approaches with The University of Bangor, Wales.

He has also trained in Trauma-focussed CBT, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Eye Movement De-sensitisation Rationale in order to deliver care for those experiencing symptoms of trauma. Since retiring from the NHS in 2014 he has been employed by Combat Stress, a charity providing support to U.K. veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He is currently engaged in a series of research projects evaluating the feasibility of Mindfulness Based Approaches in a variety of settings, including Oncology, Addiction and Trauma.


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