About Us

Introduction

Perth Mindfulness Centre is a partnership between registered clinical psychologists Dr Mark Craigie and Paul Buttigieg. Mark and Paul are both enthusiastic advocates of the benefits of mindfulness and have been practicing and teaching mindfulness in the form of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to mental health client’s since about 2004. In 2010, they decided to broaden the scope of their practice by conducting mindfulness training for health professionals.  To date, they have provided professional training to: doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychology masters students, occupational therapists, social workers,  teachers, and mental health outpatients.

In 2017, and in association with Eric Harrison of Perth Meditation Centre, Mark and Paul established Perth Mindfulness Centre as way of bringing the benefits of mindfulness to the broader community and organisations in the Western Australia region. The professional backgrounds of Paul and Mark are described below.

Our Clients

Over the years, Paul and Mark have delivered a range of mindfulness seminars and workshops to the general public, as well as professionals and corporate organisations, such as:

  • Youthlink mental health workers.
  • Helena College, Senior High School teaching staff.
  • Mortgage Brokers and Finance Association.
  • Michael Page Recruitment.
  • Federal Police officers.
  • Department of Attorney General staff.
  • Pritchard Francis.
  • Lendlease.
  • BHP Billiton – Jimblebar Mine Leadership Team.
  • Western Australia Parliamentary Electoral Office support staff.

Mark is currently delivering a mindfulness-based resiliency skills approach (MSCR) for nurses at risk of burnout and compassion fatigue at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and preparing to deliver similar workshops to rural doctors in Emerald, Queensland in mid 2018.

Mission

Perth Mindfulness Centre provides mindfulness training courses and workshops to the general public and organisations in the form of mindfulness education and skills training to promote health, organisational development, and resilience to stress.

Values

Perth Mindfulness Centre endeavours to bring the highest standard of training to the general public. Our core values comprise of a strong adherence to the ethical and professional standards required of health professionals, as well as an empathic and respectful learning environment that is informed by the latest scientific knowledge and best practice guidelines. Moreover, both Mark and Paul continue to regularly engage in professional development, peer supervision, and their own ongoing personal practice in order to maintain a high quality of governance and professional decision making for supporting excellence in program delivery and learning experience for participants.

Professional Background

Paul Buttigieg  BA(Psych), Grad Dip(Appl Psych), MPsych(Clinical)

Paul is a registered clinical psychologist working in private practice since 2006. Over the years he has trained in different therapies with mindfulness as an overarching framework. Since 2010, he has been working two days a week running mindfulness and interpersonally-based therapy groups at Abbotsford Private Hospital, and also runs an all-day Mindfulness group two Saturdays of every month. Paul has a long history of practice in meditation and mindfulness and first began meditation training as a psychology student in the mid-1980s. He practices insight-based meditations and attends meditation retreats as part of his ongoing meditation practice and personal development. Paul has received training from Professor Mark Williams, one of the founders of MBCT. He has also received training in MBCT from Ms Liana Taylor, Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Meditation Centre in South Australia and Dr Ron Siegel, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and author of the best-selling book, The Mindfulness Solution: Every Day Practices for Everyday Problems. Before working in private practice, Paul worked at: Student Counselling Service at a University in Perth; Western Australian Health Department in Community Mental Health; Community Alcohol and Other Drug Service; and Department of Family and Children’s Services, Child Protection. To learn more about Paul, go to his website: www.paulbuttigieg.com.au.

Dr Mark Craigie  BSc(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), PhD

Mark is a registered clinical psychologist working in a private practice setting in Perth, Western Australia. He also works as an external consultant and clinical supervisor to The Marian Centre, a private psychiatric hospital. In this capacity he has been facilitating mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) daypatient groups since 2008. He first began conducting MBCT classes in 2003 at Curtin University as part of his PhD research program. Mark was one of the first practitioners in Australia to evaluate MBCT for anxiety following the Segal, Williams, and Teasdale (2002) protocol. The outcome of this research was published in the British journal Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy in 2008, and has been presented at both national and international conferences. In 2007 while in collaboration with Dr Melissa Ree, they published one of the first studies to show the benefits of MBCT for a heterogeneous sample of adult outpatients. To the present time, he has facilitated more than 35 MBCT group programs for outpatients, has completed meditation and mindfulness training with Eric Harrison, and professional development with some of the lead MBCT trainers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the above, Mark also holds a position as adjunct research fellow with the School of Psychology at Curtin University as part of the International Collaboration for Workforce Resiliency (ICWR) research project. This project is investigating ways of building resilence in nurses to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout. His primary role has been to design and implement a series of evaluations of a mindfulness-based self-care and resiliency (MSCR) intervention that targets compassion fatigue in nurses.  The work on this project is ongoing, with MSCR being further evaluated at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Most, recently he completed a series of MSCR workshops with rural nurses in Roma, Queensland as part of research project being conducted by the University of Southern Queensland. To learn more about Mark, go to his website: www.drmarkcraigie.com.au.

Publications:

  • Slatyer, S., Craigie, M., Heritage, B., et al (2017). Evaluating the effectiveness of a brief mindful self-care and resiliency (MSCR) intervention for nurses: a controlled trial. Mindfulness. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-017-0795-x
  • Craigie, M. A., Slatyer, S., Hegney, D., Osseiran-Moisson, R., Gentry, E., et al. (2016). A pilot evaluation of a mindful self-care and resiliency (MSCR) intervention for nurses. Mindfulnessdoi:10.1007/s12671-016-0516-x
  • Craigie, M., Osseiran-Moisson, R., Hemsworth, D., Aoun, S., Francis, K., Brown, J., … & Rees, C. (2015). The Influence of Trait-Negative Affect and Compassion Satisfaction on Compassion Fatigue in Australian Nurses. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000050
  • Hegney, D., Craigie, M., Hemsworth, D., Osseiran-Moisson, R., Aoun, S., Francis, K., Drury, V. Compassion Satisfaction, Compassion Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression and Stress in registered nurses in Australia: Phase 1 results. Journal of Nursing Management. Accepted 2nd July, 2013.
  • Drury, V., Craigie, M., Francis, K., Aoun, S., Hegney, D. Compassion Satisfaction, Compassion Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression and Stress in registered nurses in Australia: Phase 2 results. Journal of Nursing Management. Accepted 18th July 2013.
  • Craigie, M. (2013). Modified format mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in a routine mental health setting: Initial treatment completer outcomes for a heterogeneous sample of adult outpatients. Paper presented at Mindfulness Science and Practice Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 28 February, 1-2 March 2013.
  • Craigie, M. A. & Nathan, P. (2009). A non-randomized effectiveness comparison of broad-spectrum group CBT to individual CBT for depressed outpatients in a community mental health setting. Behavior Therapy, 40, 302-314.
  • Craigie, M. A., Rees, C., Marsh, A., & Nathan, P. (2008). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for generalized anxiety disorder: A preliminary evaluation. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36, 553-568.
  • Craigie, M. A., Saulsman, L. M., & Lampard, A. M. (2007). MCMI-III personality complexity and depression treatment outcome following group-based cognitive-behavioural therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63 (12), 1153-117.
  • Ree, M. & Craigie, M. A. (2007). Outcomes following mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in a heterogeneous sample of adult outpatients. Behaviour Change, 24 (2), 70-86.
  • Craigie, M. A. (2006). A comparison of cognitive constructs associated with generalized anxiety disorder and the impact of mindfulness training. PhD. Dissertation, Curtin University of Technology, Perth Australia.
  • Craigie, M. A., Rees, C., Marsh, A, & Nathan, P. (2005). Mindfulness training for generalized anxiety disorder: Investigating changes in perceived control, fear of emotions, and intolerance of uncertainty. Paper presented at the European Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Therapy 35th Annual Conference, Thessaloniki Greece.

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