Introducing Mindfulness to Clinical Psychologists in Training: An Experiential Course of Brief Exercises

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Abstract

A 14 session, structured, mindfulness skills group utilizing short (10 min) practices was undertaken by clinical psychologists in training as a voluntary lunchtime activity. The present study was a preliminary investigation into whether a short course of brief mindfulness exercises could facilitate the development of personal understandings of mindfulness without requiring a significant time commitment that might impinge upon participants' ability to take part. Quantitative and qualitative evaluations suggested that the course could be a useful experiential introduction to mindfulness for clinicians. The results also suggested that the format of frequent, brief exercises could have utility for conducting mindfulness-based training in time-limited environments but further research is required to examine the effects of frequency and duration of practice on the development of mindfulness skills.

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