Workshop So07: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, 11:00 am – 01:00 pm
More and more people are gravitating towards stress management programs such as meditation or mindfulness training to reduce their tension or other mental or physical problems. On the one hand, the increase of stress is a generally expanding phenomenon; then again, mindfulness is experiencing a downright hype in all therapeutic settings which has been carefully and scientifically studied in its effectiveness. However, when traumatic backgrounds and biographies have not been adequately considered and appropriately accompanied, therapeutically, well-intentioned stress management concepts can have undesired results, as the unconscious activation of survival parts are intensified, and thus stimulate the stress spiral additionally.
Mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions such as the MBSR program (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) are able to support trauma specific therapy approaches effectively, by promoting physical, psychological and neurobiological integration of disintegrated content of consciousness. From this perspective, Mindfulness training is a sensible and practical supplement on the way to a healthy self, even and especially in trauma work. The workshop includes a theoretical input and a brief guide to a practical mindfulness practice, and concluding with a self-encounter with the sentence of intention.