Integrating Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy – Cromwell

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Date(s) - 14/02/2019 - 15/02/2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Presbyterian Church


Who is this training for?

Tertiary qualified professionals in health or social sciences including the fields of counselling, social work, psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, nursing, teaching, chaplaincy, and occupational therapy. Other applicants with significant relevant work experience and therapeutic aptitude will be considered.

About the training:

This experiential and practical training moves beyond common understanding of both mindfulness and Narative Therapy. It offers fresh ways to address problems and enrich life and relationships. Ian Percy will draw on decades of practicing and teaching Narrative Therapy and over 40 years of meditation, including mindfulness skills, from spiritual and secular contexts.

In a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, participants will be guided through personal mind training skills to enhance attentional and emotional balance. Adopting its ancient meaning, mindfulness will be linked with memory of the present, the past and the future. Exercises highlighting the importance of embodied and storied mindful awareness will build knowledges and skills for working with feelings, thoughts, actions, and felt-senses.

Enhanced skills acquisition include:

  • Attending to the somatic and the story as expressions of distress, as statements of position, and as entry points to preferred storylines
  • How to create purposeful narrative-informed questions to enhance therapeutic outcomes
  • Storying constructive initiatives through time and context: somatic, affective resonance and mental perception
  • Narrative and mindfulness as pathways to new and valued lives and relationships
  • Sustaining initiatives
  • Practices of therapeutic mindfulness, brief mindfulness meditation, mindfulness in daily life

As people learn in different ways, this training will be facilitated through a variety of teaching methods including:

  • guided mindfulness and narrative exercises
  • skills building demonstration interviews
  • roleplays
  • group discussions
  • reading key literature prior to the workshop

Dr Ian Percy MSW PhD is a therapist, supervisor, consultant, trainer and published author in narrative and mindfulness approaches.

He is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy and an Accredited Psychotherapy Supervisor with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Ian teaches professional development courses in counselling and psychotherapy for social service agencies, universities and private organisations. He has specialised in training colleagues in Narrative Therapy since 1997.

Ian has taught internationally and given workshops and papers at state, national and global conferences. He was an invited Plenary Speaker on spiritualities at the 8th Social Work in Health and Mental Health conference in Singapore. He has received two university awards for academic excellence.

As well, Ian has studied and practiced various forms of meditation, including mindfulness approaches, for 40 years. His PhD thesis researched the similarities and differences between therapeutic mindfulness in Australia and Bhutan. He lives in Perth, Western Australia.

Cost: Early bird until Thu 24 Jan $320.00
Full from Fri 25 Jan          $350.00

Cromwell venue:
Presbyterian Church, 10 Elspeth Street, Cromwell

How to book: For more information and to register please email 

Please enrol soon as there are limited places.