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Mila de Koning, Rob Brandsma and Christine Brähler

Dates

1-2 September 2018

Price

€ 350

Venue

Centrum voor Mindfulness
Raadhuisstraat 15
1016 DB Amsterdam

Requirements

All MSC Teachers who have completed the MSC Teacher Training and have taught MSC courses (at least one).

 

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September 2018

Saturday 1st of September and Sunday 2nd of September 2018.

Times: Saturday 9.30 - 17.30
Sunday 9.30 - 16.30

Contents

Inquiry is one of the most interesting parts of teaching MSC but can be for teachers also the most challenging part. We can become adept at teaching topics, guiding meditations and leading exercises, but inquiry will always be a fresh, unfolding process.



This art of being with the participant without needing to know the answer. It’s a beautiful practice. –a participant

Inquiry and the art of balancing

Inquiry consists of this one unique encounter between teacher and participant with a whole group of participants listening in. We can’t really prepare for it. It’s elusive and alive. Inquiry can be seen as an art. It is the art of balancing between controlling the conversation and the willingness to be with whatever arises. Between exploring the difficult without opening up old wounds. To reframe from giving advice, finding explanations, answers or solutions and still to facilitate building resources.


Compassionate listening and radical acceptance

MSC inquiry is built upon compassionate listening (resonance), building resources to hold suffering and radical acceptance of whatever arises. During inquiry teachers model a whole self-to-self relationship through the parallel process of the self-to-other interaction. Inquiry is in its essence open but still has guidelines and techniques. That is what this workshop is about.


Program

Inquiry starts where meditation or exercises ends. Exploring practice experiences jointly as a group gives participants access to richer meaning and insight than would be possible through personal perception alone.



I’ve learned that inquiry starts here, with me. By opening to what’s resonating in me. – a participant

Themes

Some questions we will address around inquiry:

  • How does the inquiry in MSC differ from mindfulness inquiry or psychotherapy?
  • What do I do when there are participants that I don’t resonate with?
  • How can I support participants who struggle to find resources? When does inquiry end?

We will explore these subjects and look into the steps that involve a MSC inquiry.


An opportunity to practice

We will discuss theory and practice. We will work in small breakout groups, sometimes supported by teachers. We will bring our practice experiences back to the plenary group for deeper learning (Teach back). For our nourishment, we will immerse ourselves from time to time in self-compassion and meditation practices. Last but not least also offers a unique opportunity to practice in the community of MSC Teachers and Teacher Trainers Inquiry starts where meditation or exercises ends. Exploring practice experiences jointly as a group gives participants access to richer meaning and insight than would be possible through personal perception alone.

I’ve learned to start from trust . The trust that my participant is not broken and is able to resource herself. –a participant

For whom

All MSC Teachers who have completed the MSC Teacher Training and have taught MSC courses (at least one).

Meet the teachers

  • Mila de Koning

    Mindfulnesstrainer

    Mila de Koning

    Mila de Koning is a social therapist, nurse and mindfulness and compassion teacher. She has a long professional experience working in (mental) health care with groups. And she worked as a teacher for healthcare professionals. Since 2011 her focus is mainly on mindfulness and compassion and she started working for the VU University Medical Centre where one of her main roles was to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to healthcare.

    Currently she works as teacher and teacher trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. She teaches mindfulness and MSC courses and is also a teacher trainer for mindfulness and for mindful self-compassion. One of her great aspirations is to bring mindfulness to healthcare, especially for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

  • christine brahler
    Christine Brähler

    Clinical psychologist, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Christine Brähler

    Dr. Christine Brähler (DClinPsy, PhD) is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Munich, Germany. She gained her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives, MSC teacher trainings and workshops on self-compassion in psychotherapy around the world. In addition to being Secretary of the Board of the Center for MSC, she serves as International Coordinator and Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Center for MSC.

    She has published several academic and popular articles, including the first randomized controlled trial of Compassion Focused Therapy. www.christinebraehler.com

  • Rob Brandsma

    Psychologist and mindfulnesstrainer

    Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma is director of the Centrum voor Mindfulness, trainer on the Teacher Training MBSR/MBCT and trainer on the Teacher Training Self-Compassion MSC. His main interest lies in applying mindfulness and compassion to the many domains of daily life and specifically to health care. He has been involved in developing a number of mindfulness-based interventions.

    Rob is directing the mindfulness teacher training programs of the Centrum voor Mindfulness. He is the author of several popular books on mindfulness in Dutch. He published books on on the pedagogy of teaching mindfulness, such as The Mindfulness Teaching Guide: Essential Skills and Competencies for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

    Keen on following the progress of scientific research on mindfulness he tries to base his work as a teacher and developer on the newest insights in the field.

    Rob, sharing about his passion for mindfulness: ‘Mindfulness enables me to deal better with challenges and obstacles and realize more often that the here and now is (almost) always the best place to dwell in. It enriches my life with insight, wonder and tenderness. It’s a gift to be able to bring this in my work as well.’

    Rob used to work as a prevention officer in addiction treatment, as director of an organization in the health prevention sector, and in his own practice for psychology. He is a trained pedagogue and a registered (but not-practicing) healthcare psychologist.