Upcoming CPD Courses

Yoga Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Professional Training

  • Date

    31st October 2018 - 4th November 2018

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    The Minded Institute 220 Arlington Road, Camden London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

This course is run by Heather Mason, founder of Minded and renowned yoga therapist for the use of yoga in trauma.Approximately 8 percent of the population suffers from post-traumatic-stress-disorder. Although many new treatments are emerging a large percentage of those who seek help still experience significant symptoms. The use of yoga therapy in the treatment of post-traumatic-stress-disorder is gaining international popularity and some research trials have often found it preferable to conventional therapy. This is because yoga offers valuable skills that are vital in healing. Insights from neuroscientific research inform us that people who have PTSD require physical practices to help process traumatic experience and enhance the resiliency of the nervous system. As yoga offers gentle and safe movement, with practices that integrate controlled breathing, and self-awareness it is an ideal complementary treatment. Yoga helps individuals reconnect with their bodies and cultivate peace by balancing the autonomic nervous system. It also supports improved capacity ability to be with difficult feelings in a compassionate way, a fundamental part of reclaiming well-being.In this training you will learn how to use yoga to work with trauma in an evidence based, compassionate, and innovative way.

What the training will cover:

  • An overview of PTSD from a psychological, medical and neuroscientific perspective
  • Research on yoga for PTSD
  • Why yoga is an important intervention in PTSD from a psychological, medical and neuroscientific perspective
  • How yoga is able to able to alter psychological and neurological functioning in individuals with PTSD
  • Unique ways that yoga can be tailored to help those with PTSD in graduated and gentle fashion
  • Sensitivities and necessary precautions when using yoga to work with PTSD
  • Logistics of offering therapeutic yoga to those with PTSD

Who is the training for?

Yoga teachers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and doctors are all welcome. 

About the Teacher:

Heather Mason is the founder of Minded. She is a yoga therapist, psychotherapist, and holds an MSc in medical physiology with a background in neuroscience. She specialises in using yoga therapy with PTSD and populations by integrating her yogic, neuroscientific, medical and therapeutic background. This training will be informed by her robust academic and experiential background, providing you with skills and insights that you will not find anywhere else.

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Yoga Therapy for Perinatal Mental Health

  • Date

    9th November 2018 - 11th November 2018

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:

    220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

Pregnancy and motherhood can be transformative in women's lives. While the experience of pregnancy and early motherhood can feel wondrous and beautiful, for many women it is also a time of emotional turmoil resulting in immensely challenging and intense emotional states.The experience of being pregnant and having a young family can be both physically and emotionally demanding and the pressures a modern mother faces include but are not limited to changes in body image, career, identity and relationships.Statistics show that mental health problems in the perinatal period are common, with up to 20% of women being affected. Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses during the perinatal period.This 3 day experiential course will address the complex issues facing new mothers and mothers to be and is open to existing pregnancy yoga teachers who are seeking to support women’s mental, emotional and physical health in the Perinatal Period (The Pregnancy and Postnatal Period) using Yoga Therapy.Course ContentThe course is a combination of lecture, group and individual activities, experiential yoga and mindfulness practice, written reflection, creative enquiry and discussion. Topics will include:

  • Understanding the normal emotional changes during pregnancy and the postnatal period
  • Understanding ways to optimise maternal mental health in pregnancy and the postnatal period
  • Understanding the importance and impact of perinatal mental health problems for women, their partners, their families and society, including the relevance of cultural experiences
  • Describe the prevalence, main symptoms, assessment and treatment of significant and serious perinatal mental illness
  • Understanding the unique Stress Response in pregnancy and how chronic maternal stress can impact fetal development
  • Introducing the 3 component model for Yoga therapy for Perinatal Mental Health
  • Rationale and research for Yoga Therapy in Pregnancy
  • Guided personal reflective enquiry into themes such as change, body image, perfection
  • How do expectations and identity influence the transition to motherhood and how does this impact emotional wellbeing
  • How to apply yoga, mindfulness and enquiry for Perinatal Wellbeing: Includes how to sequence and structure a class based on themes presented
  • Guidance and discussion on how to work with women who have had still births and/or miscarriages, and traumatic birth experiences
  • Overview of Father’s Mental Health.
Pre-requisitesCompleted Pregnancy Teacher Training. Proof of completion will be required before acceptance onto the course. Shweta Panchal is a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health. She is supervisor and a lecturer at the Minded Institute, an Active Birth Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, an Ambassador for the Pre and Postnatal Depression and Anxiety charity PANDAS. She is currently designing a qualitative research study on the PsychoSocial factors influencing emotional wellbeing in the Perinatal Period and has recently completed a summer school training in Perinatal Mental Health at Kings College London. In 2017 she appointed advisor to the International Forum of Wellbeing in Pregnancy (IFWIP).She has a first class honours degree in Psychology and Social Anthropology, and before becoming a full-time mother to her two boys, she had a successful eight-year career as a Management Consultant. In collaboration with Minded she has created a specific evidence based Yoga & Mindfulness Therapy intervention to help improve physical & mental health in pregnancy. She is passionate about reforming mainstream ante-natal education to include psychological and emotional preparation as well as physical preparation for birth and motherhood. She speaks and presents at national Perinatal Mental Health conferences about the importance of understanding and working with the emotional transitions in pregnancy and how non-medical interventions can be of value. She has also been invited to speak at NHS training events for obstetricians and other health professionals on the use of targeted therapeutic yoga and mindfulness programmes alongside traditional talking therapy and/or pharmacological treatments.She teaches regular pregnancy classes and workshops which are grounded in a scientific approach that combines deep philosophical, neurobiological, psychological and physiological perspectives on the mind, body and brain. Your investment: £350

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Yoga Therapy Skills for Psychologists and Therapists

  • Date

    22nd November 2018 - 25th November 2018

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    The Minded Institute 220 Arlington Road, Camden London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

Basic therapeutic yogic techniques are being used increasingly within psychological therapies, and with good reason:  Neuroscience research suggests that body-based practices increase neuroplasticity and improve affect regulation. In addition, mindfulness training promotes the inhibition of old habits, reappraisal of pre-existing assumptions, and the possibility to respond in novel ways. Yogic techniques naturally offer both improved mindfulness and greater emotional regulation making it a perfect complement to psychological work. Furthermore, as a holistic practice yoga attends to mind, body, behaviour and social interaction, thereby offering a biopsychosocial approach that nicely aligns with a growing appreciation that healing requires attention to all aspects of the person.Yoga also offers potential benefits for therapists themselves; a growing area of research suggests that both mindfulness and yoga reduce burnout in mental health practitioners, supporting greater well-being and resilience.  Interestingly, research has found that patients who work with psychologists who practice mind-body techniques report greater overall satisfaction with therapy.In this 4-day CPD led by Dr. Samantha Bottrill (senior clinical psychologist and yoga therapist) and Heather Mason (founder of Minded, one of the world’s premier yoga therapy training organisations) psychologists and therapists can learn basic yoga practices that can easily be incorporated into their therapeutic work:During the training you will learn:

  1. The common neural correlates that span most mental health conditions
  2. Research that expresses yoga’s potential role in mental health and the neurological mechanisms that underline its curative effects
  3. Basic yoga practices that can be used in therapeutic work to promote greater emotion regulation and improved patient self-efficacy
  4. How to best talk to patients about including yogic practices in therapeutic work
  5. Which types of yoga classes will best benefit your patients based on their current presentation
  6. Yogic and mindfulness techniques to help you maintain or restore your own well-being

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Breath-Body-Mind for Professionals

  • Date

    18th February 2019 - 19th February 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

Dr. Richard P. Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, pioneers of Integrative Mental Health, offer their groundbreaking Breath-Body-Mind workshop.Discover a unique fusion of techniques drawn from qigong, yoga, Buddhist meditation, Orthodox Christian monks, martial arts, Open Focus Attention Training, and modern neuroscience, designed to activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, raise energy levels, regulate mood, enhance performance, reduce inflammation, dissolve pain, and enhance the sense of connection to oneself and others.What the training will cover:Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg share a unique blend of mind-body practices—breathing, tapping, movement, and sound healing. Slide and videoclip presentations highlight their scientific research and humanitarian projects serving survivors of the 2004 Southeast Asian Tsunami, military combat veterans, 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Gulf Horizon oil spill, war and slavery in South Sudan, genocide in Uganda and Rwanda, Middle East refugees, and Rohingya child refugees in Bangladesh.Dr. Brown guides participants through rounds of movement with VRBPs, including Coherent Breathing and Breath Moving. The gentle movements can be done standing or sitting and are suitable for adults and children. Awareness and mindfulness of breath and changes in mental and physical states are cultivated. Attendees enhance learning by participation in group processes.Clinical issues, indications, contraindications, risks, benefits, and guidelines for augmenting psychotherapy with VRBPs will be included. Cases illustrate restoration of connectedness/bonding through VRBPs that shift the individual from defensive states of fear to states of safety and bonding.Who is the training for?Yoga teachers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, doctors, school teachers, first responders, relief workers, NGOs, and administrators.About the Teachers:Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, assistant clinical professor in psychiatry, New York Medical College, graduate Harvard Medical School and Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, practices Integrative Psychiatry and serves on the APA CAIM task force and the American Botanical Council board. She researches mind-body practices for stress, anxiety, PTSD, and mass disasters. She and Dr. Richard P. Brown teach Breath-Body-Mind and co-authored Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, The Healing Power of the Breath, and with Dr. Phillip Muskin How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health, and Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2017). www.Breath-Body-Mind.com.Richard P. Brown, MD, associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Columbia University, graduate of Columbia University Medical College and Cornell University Psychiatry Residency and Psychobiology/Psychopharmacology fellowship, lectures internationally and co-authored over 100 scientific articles, chapters and award-winning books. His neurophysiological theory, exploring effects of yoga breathing in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and stress-related medical conditions, has been validated in clinical trials. A certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and meditation, he provides Breath-Body-Mind programs for healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, mass disaster survivors, first responders, veterans, school teachers, and patients with psychiatric and medical conditions. www.Breath-Body-Mind.com.Cost: £350Early Bird rate of £300 until 15 November.

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Yoga Therapy & Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

  • Date

    13th March 2019 - 17th March 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:

    220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

Chronic pain is rife in society. According to the British Journal of Medicine two-fifths of the UK population (around 28 million people) suffer from prolonged chronic pain conditions. Accordingly, chronic pain is one of the most prevalent health conditions in the nation and, with an ageing population, numbers are likely to rise. Although there are many treatment options, a large percentage of those who seek help still experience significant symptoms. The use of mindfulness and yoga therapy in the treatment and management of chronic pain is gaining international popularity, as evidenced by high levels of efficacy in both clinical work and in research trials. In this grounding breathing training, delivered by Raquel Chincetru, you will learn both innovative and time-tested techniques for helping others to more effectively manage their chronic pain. Raquel Chinchetru is pioneering the use of yoga therapy for chronic pain in the UK, and has spent the last three years working in the NHS using yoga therapy and mindfulness with thousands of patients with a wide range of chronic pain conditions.This course is open to yoga professionals, physiotherapists, cccupational therapists, health and clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, medical professionals, nursing staff, and alternative therapists (or relate disciplines).In this ground-breaking training you will learn:

  1. What chronic pain is, and a wide range of chronic pain conditions
  2. The most recent theories on the neuropsychophysiological mechanisms that underpin the experience of chronic pain
  3. Research regarding the efficacy of yoga therapy and mindfulness in the treatment of chronic pain
  4. Breathing interventions that can be applied across a wide range of chronic pain conditions
  5. How to incorporate innovative mindfulness techniques (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), in conjunction with breathing interventions and other aspects of yoga therapy
  6. How to assess physical needs and appropriate movements and yoga postures in management of chronic pain conditions, as appropriate to the unique individuals
  7. Sensitivities and necessary precautions when using yoga and mindfulness to work with chronic pain
  8. The relationship between chronic pain and trauma, and how to engage in integrative treatment plans
  9. How to support the client’s greater self-reliance and management of chronic pain
  10. How to liaise with the healthcare community, and be part of a multi-disciplinary team for the management of chronic pain
 About Raquel ChinchetruRaquel works as a Chronic Pain Clinical Specialist at Pain Management Solutions, where she uses her broad skill-set to work with patients and a multi-disciplinary team of specialists to provide effective care, according to best practice and NHS guidelines. She is also the founder of her own company, BreathingBeing. Alongside extensive training in yoga therapy Raquel holds two degrees in Psychology, an MSc in Health Psychology and an MSc in Human Resources. She also holds a BA in fine arts. Currently, Raquel is completing her Professional Health Psychology Doctorate, focusing on the effectiveness of breathing interventions on adjustment to chronic pain. She completed her training in yoga therapy with the Yoga Biomedical Trust in 2004, and again with the Minded Institute in 2010. She holds a wide range of other trainings in both the sphere of psychology and yoga therapy, ranging from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to yoga therapy in PTSD and structural yoga therapy and extensive perinatal training in mental health. 

Price: £550

Time: 10am - 5pm

Location: 220 Arlington Road, Camden, London, NW1 7HE

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