Research suggests that most people learning mindfulness do not experience any major negative effects and, on this basis, those who have not received a thorough training can have an ill-informed attitude that mindfulness practice is intrinsically benign and that anyone could teach what seems so simple: 'Just follow your breath with awareness...'. 

But how concerned should we be about the minority who are not 'most people'? It is only recently that this has begun to be researched: Willoughby Britton, David Treleaven, and Leigh Burrows have found that a significant number of people have trauma-associated reactions to certain mindfulness practices and many more silently struggle with aversive reactions to certain practices. Their findings suggest that, of those that do experience negative reactions to particular mindfulness practices, many do not feel able to report their experience to their mindfulness teacher. Of particular concern are people who experience traumatic reactions while practising mindfulness: either re-triggering of old trauma or experiencing new trauma in the context of mindfulness teaching. The limited research suggests body focused and breath-focused practices are more likely to provoke trauma reactions - especially when the person is in a quiet environment with eyes closed and body still. 

While embodied mindful awareness is central to trauma recovery, what is emerging is an understanding of how crucial it is to ensure that the mindfulness practices chosen to cultivate mindful awareness are appropriate to the person practising them.

This webinar will be an opportunity to discuss these issues, consider how we can teach mindfulness practices with confidence in their safety through a person-centred approach, and explore a reflective framework that can help match individual needs to the mindfulness practices we teach. 

Led by: Tim Duerden

How to Join: 

When you book you'll receive a form to submit, this will allow us to email you a link for the online video calls platform Zoom> When you receive the link - simply click on it at the start time to join the online video call. Click here for a short video on how to use Zoom.


Individual Concession
£37.50 £27.50

Associate Breathworks Teachers

Associate Breathworks Teachers are able to book onto this event for free, please contact the office if you need the code.

The masterclass leader

Tim Duerden

Senior Lecturer University of Salford; Director of and Trainer for Integrated Mindfulness University of Salford and Integrated Mindfulness Ltd. Breathworks Mindfulness teacher.

As a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Society, almost all of Tim's lecturing is related to mindfulness practice and is delivered to undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals.

He has a particular interest in enabling people who might struggle to access the more widespread mindfulness courses to be able to find ways of integrating mindfulness and self-compassion into their lives. Many of the individuals and groups he has worked with over the years have significant experiences of trauma and collaboratively finding ways to build the necessary resilience to integrate these experiences continues to be some of the most challenging and rewarding work he does. 

Out of this work, Tim and his colleagues have developed an approach to teaching mindfulness that is person-centred and sensitive to the needs of people who may have present or past traumatic experiences. While this is a continually evolving approach, there are core principles that can be adopted by mindfulness teachers who offer different mindfulness approaches, and Tim is committed to disseminating these approaches for the benefit of participants and for mindfulness teachers so teachers can more confidently engage in teaching diverse participant groups.  

Please note that we usually record our online CPD events for training purposes and so that we can widen the pool of people we can make the learning experience available to after the event. If you don't wish to be recorded, please feel free to switch off your video and/or audio during the event.

The recording from this and other Online CPD sessions will be available to purchase in our shop.

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