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Event Details - Mindfulness Practice for Resilience and Self-care

Title: Mindfulness Practice for Resilience and Self-care
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:


This 2-day workshop invites you to expand your understanding of Mindfulness and how a Mindfulness practice can help you or your clients deal with life diffculties. Phil Chen has taught Mindfulness over the last 7 years to reduce stress, anxiety and improve resilience and professional performance. He is particularly experienced in the emotional difficulties that people face in balancing work, personal and family demands.

Timing: The course is conducted on 2 Thursdays (Dec. 5 & 12, 2019) to allow for reflection and digestion of concepts covered on day 1.

The number of participants in each session are limited to 15 to facilitate an intensive learning experience.  

This course is designed to allow participants to share their personal experience and knowledge that enriches the learning process. This element of the workshop has been highly evaluated by participants.


Learning objectives

By the end of the course participants will have:

·   A deeper understanding of Mindfulness and how to start one’s own personal Mindfulness practice.

·   Been exposed to various Mindfulness meditations and how it is used to train the mind to increase one’s awareness, mind fitness and agility.

·   Explored how Mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety and worries and increase resilience and sense of self-fulfilment.

 Considered why it is so difficult to maintain a personal Mindfulness practice.

·   Explore the key Mindful qualities and how they can be cultivated.

Course / Workshop Outline:

Day One

•         What is Mindfulness and explore the various aspects of the concept of “being present”, equanimity, acceptance and being non-judgmental.

•         What is Mindfulness meditation and how it helps to increase mind fitness, agility and responsiveness.

•         How a mindful mind can help reduce stress, anxiety, and worrying and other emotional episodes.

•         The operational definition of Mindfulness

Day Two

•         Plasticity of the brain

•         Self-awareness – who am I? Define “self” as a construct, within which Mindfulness can be practised.

•         The key Mindfulness qualities and how to cultivate them.

•         How to incorporate Mindfulness into our personal life and use Mindfulness to help our clients.

OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:


Learning methods

A significant portion of the course comprises experiential learning. Participants are invited to experience various guided Mindfulness meditations.

Learning through break-out groups using participants own experiences to re-enforce topics under discussion.

Participants will derive maximum benefit from the course if they are willing to reflect on their own feelings, attitudes, beliefs and past experiences.

Feedback from participants

“..Phillip’s Mindfulness workshop ..helps me understand the importance of a focussed mind at work and home, and to cope with the increasing need to merge work-time and home-time. The discussions ... developed our understanding of mindfulness. .. I have noticed a more calm and focussed approach to the multiple demands at work and out of work.”      David Wilkinson, Vehicle Line Director, Ford Asia Pacific

 “ The workshop helped me to learn the importance of truly understanding who we are as well as to recognise that there are so many factors that trigger our emotions. Phil’s knowledge and genuine passion for mindfulness created a fantastic and fun learning environment.... I highly recommend this workshop to anyone.”

Tony O’Day Operations Manager – Country Fire Authority HQ, Victoria

“The Mindfulness Workshop is well worth the time sacrifice. Very few workplace improvement training lives up to the promise and Phil’s workshop is an exception. Phillip’s combination of counselling training and industry experience provides him with a unique set of skills .. I would highly recommend the workshop”

Dave Collins, Managing Director, Synergetics Pty Ltd 

“This workshop is not like the usual workshops. I found it to be very meaningful. We learn the basics of psychology and Mindfulness concepts to make our life better, not only at work but also in our personal and family life.”                             

Pak Kencono Wibowo, Deputy CxO, XL Axiata Indonesia

Start/End Date: 05/12/2019 to 12/12/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Phil Chen
Contact Name: Phili Chen
Contact Phone: 0431331103
Contact Email:
Qualifications: MSc. Eng, GradDip Psychological Studies, Master of Counselling

About the trainer

Phil Chen recently retired from Ford Australia after a 38 years career as an engineer, of which 24 years were spent in a management role. His interest in psychology started 15 years ago. He has a Bachelor and a Master Degrees in Engineering; a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies and holds a Masters in Counselling. The focus of his Master’s thesis is on how to use Mindfulness training to improving personal wellness, efficacy and effectiveness of Senior Managers in the business world.

Phil has conducted training in Australia and 8 overseas (Indonesia, China, Thailand, India, Malaysia and Brazil). 

Phil was appointed Adjunct Fellow of the Wade Institute, Ormond College, Melbourne University to conduct a course on ‘Mindfulness for Entrepreneurs’ as part of the Master of Entrepreneurship program.

Phil has also completed a Meditation Teacher training course.

Address: DFK Benjamin King Seminar Room
Address 2: 689 Burke Road
Suburb: Camberwell
State: VIC
Parking: Street
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $670 for the 2 days
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

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