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You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. By Steven Hick, PhD. Stress and Therapy. Sze and Ivker (1986) found that 68 % of community social workers report being stressed.

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stress and therapy
Stress and Therapy
  • Sze and Ivker (1986) found that 68 % of community social workers report being stressed.
  • Snibbe et al. (1989) found that social workers experience greater emotional exhaustion than either psychiatrist or psychologists.
  • In a meta-analysis of 52 studies Coyle (2005) found that social workers experience relatively high levels of both work related stress and trait depression as compared to other professions and general public.
self care

High burnout rate for mental health workers (Coyle et al., 2005) . Mindfulness enables balance and compassion in the midst of turmoil.

3 Minute Breathing SpaceProvides a way to step out of automatic pilot mode and reconnect with the present moment
      • Acknowledge & register your experience, even if it is unwanted
      • Bring full attention to the breath, as an anchor

to awareness & stillness

      • Awareness of the body as a whole, your posture

and facial expression


The Advantages of the Mindful Therapist

May et al, Psychotherapy in Australia, 2007

An audit of 58 therapists examining the relationships between mindfulness, wellbeing, burnout and job satisfaction

  • Higher levels of mindful attention and non-judgemental awareness correlated with:
  • cognitive and affective well being
  • job satisfaction
  • lower experiences of burnout

The Advantages of the Mindful Therapist

Shapiro et al, Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 2007

RCT with n=54 (MBSR verses control).

Post-course declines in perceived stress, negative affect, anxiety and rumination

Increases in positive affect and self-compassion.

what is mindfulness


Alerting, Re-orienting

Executive control



Avoiding avoiding the now

Experiential approach


Acceptance, curiosity

What is Mindfulness

“Paying attention in a particular way

on purpose,

in the present moment

and non-judgementally”

JKZ, 1994, p. 4

rushing through life
Rushing Through Life

Missing the moments that comprise life

daily practice
Daily Practice

Daily practice is like tuning your instrument or sewing your parachute.

deep seeing
Deep Seeing

Learning to watch our thought patterns come and go, we see how our mind works

mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness Meditation

Cannot be learnt from a book – must experience it for yourself -

mindfulness and the brain
Mindfulness and the Brain

This is your Brain

This is your brain on Meditation

key mindfulness based approaches
Key Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Relationship Enhancement
  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) - addictions
  • Radical Mindfulness Training (RMT)
mindfulness based stress reduction mbsr
Mindfulness-Based Stress ReductionMBSR
  • University of Massachusetts Medical Center,

Stress Reduction Clinic,1979

    • Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founder
    • 8 Week Program
    • Participants with a wide range of medical problems, including chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, hypertension, heart disease and cancer.
    • Program outlined in the books “Full Catastrophe Living” and more recently Stahl and Goldstein, “A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook”
mbct rates of depressive relapse for patients with 3 or more past episodes
MBCT: Rates of Depressive Relapse for Patients with 3 or More Past Episodes

MBCT 66%

TAU 34%

P<.005; J Consult Clin Psych (2000)

radical mindfulness training rmt
Radical Mindfulness Training (RMT)
  • engage clients in creating a mindful awareness of the dynamics of their oppression;
  • Therapists may better understand their work in relation to oppression;
  • Mindfulness is non-blaming, non-expert and personally empowering, and;
  • Both are grounded in concrete conditions and not philosophical speculation.

The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions

  • By Shauna L. Shapiro and Linda E. Carlson
mindfulness and social work collection
Mindfulness and Social Work Collection

New book covers how to cultivate mindfulness within oneself, mindfulness interventions and mindfulness activism .

mindfulness in social work literature
Mindfulness in Social Work Literature
  • Treatment modality (e.g., Coholic & LeBreton, 2007, Rosenbaum, 2005),
  • Mode of self-care (e.g., Hick, 2008; Birnbaum),
  • A way to enhance the client–worker helping relationship (e.g., Hick & Bien, 2008).

Non-JudgingPatienceBeginners MindTrustNon-StrivingAcceptanceLetting GoSetting a Caring Commitment