Mental Health Awareness for Meditation Teachers
Many people turn to meditation when they’re in crisis. One in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some time in their lives and, in certain circumstances, meditation practice can exacerbate mental illness.
In this workshop, you can learn how to:
- recognise when students or clients present with a mental illness, and whether or not this is meditation-contraindicated
- adapt your meditation teaching methods to meet these circumstances
- manage the impact on any other students in the class, and make an informed decision on whether or not to refer students/clients to mental health professionals.
This retreat is organised by Meditation Australia. MEDITATION ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA is the national peak body representing meditation and meditation teachers. Formed in 2008, MA is a nationally registered not-for-profit association managed by a voluntary Board of meditation teachers from diverse backgrounds and an Executive Officer. MA promotes meditation as an integral part of life.
Dr Bruno CayounDirector | Trainer | Researcher
Dr Bruno Cayoun is a Clinical Psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). He is the Director of the MiCBT Institute, a leading provider of MiCBT training and professional development to mental health services and professional associations internationally since 2003.
Bruno keeps a private practice in Hobart, Australia, undertakes mindfulness research at the MiCBT Institute, and co-supervises several studies in collaboration with various institutions, including Monash University, University of Tasmania, University of Technology Sydney, and Massey University. He has practised mindfulness meditation and undergone intensive training in France, Nepal, India, and Australia since 1989.
Bruno is the author of three books, including Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (Wiley, 2011), Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidence and Relationships (Wiley, 2015) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018). His mindfulness training audio instructions are used worldwide in various languages, and he is the principal developer of questionnaires, including the Short Progress Assessment and the Mindfulness-based Self Efficacy Scale.