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Compass Workshop: Treating anxiety including mindfulness-based approaches

Wednesday, May 08, 2019   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: workshop, mental health, mental wellbeing, anxiety, mindfulness, Professional Development, Training

Compass Seminars is pleased to announce this 2-day intesnive workshop with Californian based Clinical Psychologist Dr Galia Schechter.

As the field of psychology becomes increasingly integrative and sophisticated in its understanding of human development and transformation, so has the area of anxiety and its related disorders advanced considerably in recent years. Meaningful developments in studies of attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, cognitive science and the science of emotions, as well as the application of embodied mindfulness processes toward psychological health and wellbeing now offer us powerful new understanding and practices towards prevention and treatment of a wide range of anxiety related challenges.

This workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive conceptual and experiential learning opportunity for clinicians and providers working with children and adults who experience episodic and ongoing anxiety related psychological challenges, including generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety, and panic related disorders. Specifically, the workshop will support participants in deepening their understanding of various theories, conceptualizations and therapeutic modalities related to anxiety, with a particular and central focus on integrating new emerging knowledge with effective mindfulness based mind-body therapeutic techniques and interventions.

Dates: Thursday 30th to Friday 31st May 2019.
Time: 9am to 4pm both days. Lunch and morning and afternoon tea provided.
Location: Commodore Hotel (449 Memorial Avenue).
Cost: $499 per person including GST.

Find out more about this Treating Anxiety, Mindfulness-Based Approaches workshop, including how to register. You can also contact the Compass Seminars team (06 759 1647 or office[at] You are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment!

The workshop will offer didactic, individual and group based experiential learning and will advance participants’ knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Attachment theory and anxiety related childhood adversity and adaptations in a developmental context.
  • Neurobiology, cognitive science and science of emotion as related to experiences of anxiety from a cognitive, emotional, behavioral, interpersonal and existential perspectives. 
  • Recent developments in the field of traumatic stress studies and emerging understandings illuminating the link between developmental and acute traumatic experiences and the development of anxiety related disorders.
  • Mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches, practices and interventions for use with anxiety disorders.

Mindfulness-based approaches to be discussed, explored and practiced are based on the following perspectives: 

  • Gestalt and Hakomi informed mindfulness based inquiry and observation practices;
  • Process experiential emotion focused therapy;
  • Internal Family System;
  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy; and
  • Somatic experiencing.

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  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch