Minding the Gap 2017: – Reaching Out with Mindfulness & Compassion

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Date(s) - 30 Jun 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The University of Salford, Allerton Campus


Please book here: https://mindingthegap2017.eventbrite.co.uk

Preliminary Details: A day workshop exploring the issues arising from adapting mindfulness practices and curricula to meet the needs of the participants who may fall outside the reach of some mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs).


Every MBI will serve some populations well, being well aligned to meeting their needs, but will not meet the needs of other populations.

This workshop aims to explore approaches to adapting MBIs to meet specific needs, particularly of individuals or groups who might otherwise struggle to engage with mindfulness- or compassion-based approaches.

We have a number of contributors willing to share their experiences but before confirming the agenda for the day we would welcome you to get in touch if you would like to share your experiences. You are welcome to contact us directly (t.duerden@salford.ac.uk) or there is space on the booking form to let us know what you would like to contribute.

Possibilities of what you might like to contribute include:

  • Your experience of having (or not having) your specific needs met as an MBI participant
  • Sharing a mindfulness practice or an approach to teaching you have found meets the needs of a particular group. This can be very brief.
  • How you have adapted a curriculum to meet the needs of a specific group.
  • Research you have undertaken around adapting MBIs.
  • Concerns you have about the issue of making adaptations to MBIs.

We will circulate the full programme by mid-May at the latest.

This article by Rebecca, Crane, John Kabat-Zinn and Mark Williams among others may be of interest: What defines mindfulness-based programs? The warp and the weft


The symposium is being held on Friday June 30th 2017 at the University of Salford in the Mary Seacole Building. The ground floor lecture room is G.21 and is wheelchair accessible.

The schedule is as follows (details of the presenters etc. to follow in due course):



9.30 arrivals

10.00 Welcome and first practices and presentations

11.15 Break

11.45 Presentations and practices

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Presentations and practices (short comfort break)

16.00 Close



The symposium is part of the student enrichment programme associated with the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, the OneCPD Mindfulness-Based Approaches for CBT module and the BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Practice). Priority for booking will therefore be given to University of Salford students booking before May 1st 2017. We have booked a large 300+ seat lecture theatre so we do expect to have enough places for external delegates.

An attendance certificate will be provided for CPD purposes at the end of the day.

We hope that most presenters will be in a position to share their presentations via this webpage after the event.



Please see the University website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/about-us/travel/travelling-to-the-university The Mary Seacole Building is building 12 on the campus map. Parking for external delegates is available on-site  and costs around £4 a day. Parking is very restricted and you are advised to use public transport as a parking space may not be available. Salford Crescent train station has very regular trains and is less than 10 minutes walk from the venue.


Food & Refreshments

This is a free event so you will need to bring your own food and refreshments or use the café and canteen facilities on site or nearby shops.



Please book via the EventBrite page for this event: https://mindingthegap2017.eventbrite.co.uk



If you have any queries please contact:

Tim Duerden



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