Mindfulness at Work

    Saturday 23rd May 2015 - 10:30am – 4:30pm

    The Institute of Group Analysis
    1 Daleham Gardens
    London NW3 5BY

    Lawrence J. Ladden
    Jale Cilasun

    Formal mindfulness training cultivates present moment, non-judgmental attention, as well as the capacity to sustain that attention on a given object.  With various practices one observes the emotional, physical, and cognitive reactivity that distracts and diminishes attention.  The protected and solitary environments which support mindfulness training have a minimum of distraction. This is not so with most work environments. 

    At work emotional, cognitive, and physical challenges can feel relentless. What does it mean then to bring mindful awareness to this variety of experience?

    This one-day workshop will have three components. We will start with individual mindfulness practice, move to group practice using speech (contemplative group dynamics), and finally use the concepts of role, goal, and context to explore mindfulness at work. 

    These concepts provide a direction for attention. Role can be thought of as the job description that moves one toward the goal; the context can be a team, department, or entire organisation. The context, as Gregory Bateson has said, provides the signals as to what to do next. While the concept of role seems simple we often find our reactivity making it difficult to fully “take up” our role and so we lose focus on both the goal and context. This difficulty bears some similarities with “taking our seat” in meditation. 

    During meditation we learn how the multitude of thoughts and reactions can sweep us into the past or future. Similarly in a work context, while interacting with others, we can be pulled into past roles or anxieties about the future. The practice  then is to notice these pulls and return to the present context in role. Work stress is often related to role ambiguity.

    This workshop is suitable for those new to mindfulness practice or for seasoned practitioners. The work focus will be a broad one and not limited to any one occupation.  There will be time to discuss examples that matter to participants as a way of understanding how role, goal, and context can provide a focus for attention.

    This event is suitable for anyone interested in the relationship between mindfulness and groups.   If you have any questions you may contact Jale Cilasun at j.cilasun@doctors.org.uk.


    10:00 - 10:30 Registration
    10:30 - 10:45 Orientation
    10:45 - 11:00 Individual Practice
    11:00 - 11:20 Group Practice
    11:20 - 11:30 Review
    11:30 - 11:45 Silent Break
    11:45 - 11:50 Individual Practice
    11:50 - 12:30 Group Practice
    12:30 - 12:45 Review
    12:45 - 13:45 Silent Lunch
    13:45 - 14:05 Talk on Role, Goal, & Context
    14:05 - 14:25 Dyads exploring Work Roles
    14:25 - 14:40 Review
    14:40 - 15:00 Break
    15:00 - 15:15 Individual Practice
    15:15 - 16:00 Group Explores Attentional Factors Hindering Taking up Work Role
    16:00 - 16:30  Review & Summary


    Lawrence J. Ladden, PhD, CPsychol, is a Clinical and Health Psychologist. He served as a senior instructor with the Penn Program for Mindfulness of the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System in the United States from 1998 until 2013. In addition to teaching the public foundation mindfulness based stress management courses, he has developed and implemented numerous adaptations of mindfulness training for both health care providers and for people with specific mental or physical health concerns. He has developed Contemplative Group Dynamics as a group expression of classical mindfulness practice and training.

    Jale Cilasun, BM, MRCPsych. is a Consultant Psychiatrist, Medical Psychotherapist and trainer of psychiatrists at South West London and St. George’s NHS Trust, since 2001. She is a group analyst with training responsibilities at the Institute of Group Analysis, London. She is particularly interested  in median and large groups and their uses in both therapeutic and training contexts. She has been developing her interest in mindfulness since 2012.


    Full fee: £95
    IGA members: £85
    IGA students: £70

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