Last week I spent a day delivering a mindfulness workshop to social workers and human services workers through the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
Mindfulness has been increasingly adopted into mainstream contexts such as healthcare (including the provision of mental health services), education and workplaces.
The evidence base behind mindfulness interventions is compelling, with research suggesting that it is effective in managing a range of illnesses with clinical populations, and enhancing the well being of non-clinical populations.
Whilst there has been some research done on on it’s ability to enhance the effectiveness of the therapeutic relationship, and mindfulness has been adopted in particular by psychology as an effective treatment for mental health disorders, little work has been done on it’s explicit application to social work.
The training covered the research and evidence base behind mindfulness interventions, the key benefits for both clinical and non-clinical interventions, and the case for including mindfulness skills more explicitly in social work practice and education.
Participants were given the chance to participate in a range of experiential exercises.
If you're interested in mindfulness training in your organisation, you're welcome to contact me on 0437510650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.