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Can health workers assist in alleviating pain, suffering and chronicity in ways beyond "practice as usual"?, Auckland, 12-13 October


Oct. 12 — 13, 2017

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An experiential workshop exploring new (and very old) ideas against the backdrop of current evidence

Presenters :

Helen Perry B.Ed (Ed. Psych); MA (Clin Psych)
Dr Christopher Waite BMBS FRACGP
Maree Beverland BCS
Heather Martinson B.Sc (Physiotherapy) Hons; MPty (Muscular Skeletal)


Thursday 12 & Friday 13 October 2017 
9:00am – 4:30pm


MBS Flexispace,
East Precinct, Massey University
Albany, Auckland

Overview of the training

The workshop, led by accredited Breathworks Teachers & experienced Trainees, will include a mix of short lectures, experiential exercises, enactments, presentations and meditations from the Breathworks Mindfulness For Health (MfH) course.

The workshop will provide:

  • A brief overview of the current evidence base for Mindfulness, with the inclusion of compassion-focused work, and its role in pain management in the health-care setting.
  • An introduction to Mindfulness Based Pain Management as a "beyond practice as usual" approach to assist those with chronic pain, fatigue and illness. This will include theoretical components (e.g. understanding primary and secondary suffering, the place of acceptance, doing and being modes, the importance of the body as a foundation for mindfulness, brain plasticity)
  • Experiential exposure to practical mindfulness: e.g. body scan meditation, breathing anchor meditation, gentle mindful movement
  • An overview and comparison of Mindfulness courses (e.g. MSC; MBSR; MfH), to highlight how this program specifically targets those with chronic pain, fatigue and illness.
  • Personal stories from our facilitators of how Breathworks and Mindfulness Based Pain Management have helped them both personally and professionally
  • Ideas for slowly introducing mindfulness into your work with clients; noting however, that since mindfulness is not a theory but a practice, we hope to impart some ideas for establishing a foundation of practice yourself which you can then begin to impart from "the inside out."

Prior learning
No prior learning required.

Those who might benefit from attendance
The workshop is targeted at health workers and students (including Clinical Psychologists, Physiotherapists, GPs, Psychiatrists, Nurses, OTs, Social Workers and others who work with clients/patients whether young or old), who are affected by chronic pain conditions illness and/or stress that is impacting on their health (e.g. Fibromyalgia; cancer-related conditions; Musculoskeletal problems; to name but a few).  If you are a sufferer yourself, you may find the workshop a particularly meaningful exercise.     

What to wear/bring along:

  • Wear comfortable clothing suitable for meditating and participating in a gentle movement program
  • Mat / yoga mat
  • Pillow / cushions to make yourself comfortable during floor-based meditations
  • A light blanket to cover yourself whilst meditating

About the presenters

Helen Perry  B.Ed. (Ed. Psych), M.A. (Clinical Psychology), MAPS, CCP 
Helen is Adjunct Senior Lecturer, UCRH, The University of Sydney, School of Public Health and co-authored the book, Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out. A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists published in 2015.    She played a key role in creating the CBT Diploma Program at Massey University, has been an active CBT trainer and supervisor as well as a researcher on online CBT training for rural practitioners and on the use of SP/SR in University settings. Helen has worked across the lifespan in a wide range of clinical settings. She has experience with complex/comorbid depression and anxiety, and trauma- and stress-related disorders. Her current special interests are in Mindfulness for Health/Pain management and training health practitioners to incorporate Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion into their lives (for self-care) and into their current practice. Helen "taught" Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion to clients before truly embracing it herself several years ago as a sufferer of a complex chronic pain syndrome and has found it transformational.  She is currently completing training courses towards accreditation as a Breathworks and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.

Maree Beverland  BCS
Maree is an accredited Breathworks mindfulness teacher and has been a part of the Australasian Breathworks teacher training team for the last three years.  She also joined the teams leading Breathworks teacher training and CPD retreats in the UK in 2016. Maree began using the Breathworks mindfulness based pain management program to manage her own chronic pain and found it so helpful that she qualified as a teacher in order to share it with others.  She has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years and has had a long career in IT.  Maree lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Heather Martinson B.Sc (Physiotherapy) Hons; MPty (Muscular Skeletal)
Heather graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1981.  She worked in general practice for 10 years in South Africa, Ireland and UK.  She completed a Masters in Manual Therapy in 1990 in Australia.   She has been in private practice and also works as a Specialist Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapist in Public Hospitals.  She has a particular interest in the management of chronic pain conditions and has developed an interest in the use of Mindfulness to augment therapeutic interventions.  She practices meditation and mindfulness daily and is currently training to become an accredited Breathworks Teacher. 

Dr Christopher Waite  BMBS FRACGP 
Dr Waite graduated from Flinders University in 1994 and completed General Practice Fellowship training in Adelaide. He spent several years in the Northern Territory managing RFDS Clinics at Ayers Rock and Tennant Creek before moving to Beachport, South Australia. He is a vocationally registered GP with Medicare Australia and a current Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.  His interest in Mindful Based Pain Management (MBPM) training came about while learning to manage his own personal health issues in 2012. He hopes to be able to help others use these techniques to manage their own pain, illness and stress by running Breathworks Mindfulness for Health courses.  Dr Waite is an accredited Breathworks teacher, having completed his Breathworks training in June 2014; and an active member of the regional Community of Practitioners.


$450 for professionals
$400 for Massey University staff (permanent and fixed term only)
$225 for students (Fill-time students only)

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided and included in the fee. Certificates of attendance are provided to all attendees who complete the workshop.

Numbers are limited and places will be allocated in order of receipt of registration.

The course fee includes a copy of the book, Mindfulness for Health by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman (RRP $33). This text forms the basis of the Breathworks 8-week Mindfulness for Health Course and includes a CD of the core meditations. 

How to Register

Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for one or multiple attendees or contact Helen for alternative payment options:

Helen McMaster, Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland 0745.

Phone : 09 213-6095
Fax : 09 414-7328
Email :

Cancellation Policy

If the workshop is cancelled due to lack of enrolments, a full refund will be given. 
Refund requests received more than one week before the workshop will be refunded in full, requests received less than one week will incur a 50% charge. 
No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Workshop.