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Exploring Mindfulness for clinical use: an advanced program exploring evidence-based mindfulness programs

Event Details
Date: 14 November 2019
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: 7

AASW Members: $170
AASW New Graduates: $140
AASW Students: $120
Regular: $230

Organiser: AASW Vic Branch
Further information

Rosanna Di Grazia
Branch Administrator
Phone 9320 1012 or email

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General information

This one-day program will include a range of practices for people to explore during the day. It will provide an introduction including a review of the definitions of mindfulness and summarise some of the evidence-based programs as well as providing a brief overview of the history and research into mindfulness. Then the known side-effects and possible antidotes in this maturing field, a consumer safety protocol, and a rationale of the importance of personal practice, will be raised. A framework of standards for mindfulness teachers will be noted.

Topics to be covered will include teaching and using mindfulness practices in clinical practice alongside the use and practice of inquiry (with some direct practice of these skills), the use of informal versus formal practices, using psycho-education involving the neuroscience of mindfulness to consumers, the process of inquiry, the use of homework, use of apps versus other methods, working with feelings directly and respecting trauma-informed principles in mindfulness. The deracination and commercialisation of mindfulness and the impact of this will also be briefly considered. A facilitated discussion will be held about the use of practices commonly used by participating practitioners and issues that have arisen. Time will be made available for participants to raise other issues which may be able to be considered on the day.

A final discussion will be facilitated about issues of further learning, supervision as well as areas of action, and the day summarised.

As one-day training programs do not have good outcomes, this day would be followed up with three emails at one week, one month and two-month times to help ground the learning with reflective questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review what we know of mindfulness through a brief sharing facilitated by a brief review of the science and concept of mindfulness;
  • Increase understanding of side-effects of mindfulness and potential antidotes;
  • Understand the need for client safety;
  • Improve awareness on the requirements of persons teaching mindfulness;
  • Improve/gain an understanding of inquiry;
  • Greater knowledge and skill in the application of mindfulness in clinical practice;
  • Respect trauma-informed principles in the application of mindfulness, and
  • Consider our professional support frameworks in the use of mindfulness and next steps.


John Julian has 40-year history as a mental health clinician. John, until recently, was the manager and senior trainer of the LAMPS education and training cluster covering South East Victoria public mental health services. John specialises in teaching mindfulness, CBT, counselling, suicidality and mindful-self compassion programs and has a small private practice offering compassion focussed therapy and supervision.

Mindfulness, Meditation and Compassion Training

John is an experienced mindfulness trainer and has taught 1000’s of Victorians mindfulness and self-compassion over the last two decades and is published in the peer review literature on mindfulness, and in the near future, self-compassion. He was trained in MBSR by the founders of that program Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. He has also been trained in the clinical version, MBCT, at Monash University. John is also a fully accredited senior Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) trainer having been trained directly by the founders of this program, Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer in the first world-wide Train the Trainer which he was invited to attend in 2014. He currently undertaking yoga teacher training and training in Compassion-Focused Therapy.

Who should attend?

Social workers who wish to explore the use of mindfulness in clinical practice in either one-to-one or group settings.

Learner prerequisites: social workers should have attended a basic mindfulness training program or a day of professional training on mindfulness and have developed a personal mindfulness practice.


AASW Melbourne Office
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Our venue is close to Flemington Road and near the Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.

Please note: We recommend travelling via public transport if possible. Our office is close to the CBD and a short walk from the Haymarket Walk/Elizabeth Street tram stop (trams 19 & 59) and the Grattan Street tram stop (trams 55 & 59). Parking in the area is generally on-street, metered parking and is limited. There are limited 2 hour free street parking spaces near-by in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds. Due to building/road works parking spaces are limited.

The Blackwood St Car Park (located on the ground level the AASW is located in) is currently offering a $20 flat rate per day per exit between 7:30am to 7:30pm. You must book online as early as possible prior to arrival so you can be issued a pin number to enter and exit the car park. Visit Blackwood St Car Park.

There is also a parking facility at the VCCC building that offers safe car parking every day of the week from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Cost is $14 for 1-2 hours or $20. Read more here.

There are facilities available outside the building to lock bikes.

Accessibility: The building is wheel chair accessible. There are no steps at entry on ground level and a lift can be taken to Level 7. Ambulatory toilets are located on the ground floor as well as Level 8 where there is a medical centre. There is one parking spot on Blackwood Street for people with disabilities and 2 car spots are available in a nearby street. For more information to discuss your particular mobility or sensory needs please contact the AASW Vic Branch.


Register before Monday 11 November.

Places are limited to 26 participants.

AASW Members: 7 CPD Hours - Category 2 Skills and Knowledge/Workshops

**FPS Relevant Activity**

**Can count towards AASW Mental Health Accreditation CPD requirements**

Morning/afternoon tea and lunch included.

View AASW CPD Terms and Conditions

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers