Exploring Mindfulness – Understanding the Science and Practice

LocationCavendish, Central London
FacultyScience and Technology

This mindfulness course will introduce you to the history and development of mindfulness meditation, which was designed to help people cope more effectively with chronic pain, anxiety and stress.

You will learn how these techniques can be applied to everyday life in an increasingly busy and complex world and you will see how psychologists and health professionals are applying the principles of mindfulness to the workplace, the education system and to a range of clinical settings. You will learn how mindfulness can transform the mind, body and brain by exploring the biological mechanisms that underpin mindfulness practice.

We will outline and evaluate the benefits of mindfulness, the myths and the hype that is associated with it. An experiential component is also included, providing you with an opportunity to experience a range of gentle guided mindful practices with Dr Trudi Edginton, who is Senior Lecturer in cognitive neuroscience and a qualified mindfulness teacher at the University of Westminster.

Who is this course for?

This secular course is for anyone who wishes to understand mindfulness meditation from a scientific and experiential perspective. No previous experience is required and people who already have an established meditation practice are also welcome.

Course content

This course will provide you with an overview of:

  • the principles of mindfulness meditation
  • the science that underpins mindfulness practices
  • the applications of mindfulness meditation
  • current and future research

This course will also provide you with the opportunity to experience a range of gentle guided mindfulness practices and discover the benefits of being mindful.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • understand what mindfulness is
  • understand how mindfulness can reduce stress
  • understand how mindfulness can create changes in our minds, bodies and brains
  • experience gentle guided mindfulness practices
  • apply mindful principles to your everyday life

Dr Trudi Edginton is a Senior Lecturer in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive rehabilitation at the University of Westminster. She is an HCPC-registered clinical psychologist, qualified mindfulness teacher and a trainee CBT therapist.

Trudi's collaborative research interests and clinical experience has been focused on supporting individuals with cognitive and emotional difficulties, including individuals in intensive care, individuals with hydrocephalus and spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's disease and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Trudi is also an academic partner for the Grow Mindfulness initiative, which aims to connect mindfulness teachers and researchers who can work together to deliver and share high-quality research and provide mindfulness in the community as part of a new social enterprise.

Contact us

Short Course Support Team

E: [email protected]
T: +44(0)20 3506 9900