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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.

You can t stop the waves but you can learn to surf
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

  • You can t stop the waves but you can learn to surf

    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

    You can t stop the waves but you can learn to surf

    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) More Past Episodes

    • 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.

    You can t stop the waves but you can learn to surf

    By Robert J. Wicks

    You can t stop the waves but you can learn to surf

    Mindfulness and social work collection
    Mindfulness and Social Work Collection into Psychology and the Helping Professions

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

    Mindfulness in social work literature
    Mindfulness in Social Work Literature into Psychology and the Helping Professions

    • 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).

    Attitudes into Psychology and the Helping Professions

    Non-JudgingPatienceBeginners MindTrustNon-StrivingAcceptanceLetting GoSetting a Caring Commitment