FAQs and Disclaimer
Frequently asked questions about mindfulness, our courses and workshops, and a disclaimer section follow.
I am unsure if mindfulness training is suited to my current needs? Please contact Perth Mindfulness Centre via phone or email to discuss further. Mark and Paul at Perth Mindfulness Centre are both experienced psychologists and can provide further information to assist your decision making. If problems of physical or mental health are a concern for you, then we strongly recommend that you to talk to your doctor/GP or psychologist for advice about appropriate treatment approaches you require, and whether you are ready for learning mindfulness. The training programs on offer from Perth Mindfulness Centre are designed to help people improve well-being and resilience to stress. Our training is not intended as a substitute for consultation and treatment from a qualified and registered heathcare provider or health service if you have concerns about your mental or physical health.
Can I make a claim for the cost of my course with my health insurance fund? Please check with your health fund to see if our course is eligible under your insurance scheme for some form of rebate. If your insurer says “yes”, then please contact us with the dates of attendance you wish to claim for, and we will generate an appropriate receipt for each session attended after the course/workshop has completed. This process may take about 2-weeks for us to process and provide you with the receipts.
Why should I do your training, when some meditation centre’s offer very cheap or sometimes free courses? Many meditation centres offer mindfulness training for free or at a low cost, however they often come from a particular spiritual or religious background. In contrast, the training offered by Perth Mindfulness Centre is non-religious and based on the most current scientific and positive psychology perspectives of mindfulness meditation practices and their benefits. The training is also informed by best practice guidelines and focuses on skills for reducing stress and improving well-being. Moreover, both Mark and Paul are registered psychologists that are well qualified and trained in mindfulness and psychological interventions aimed at helping people build skills to reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue. They adhere to professional and ethical guideliness of their profession. They can therefore offer a comprehensive, informed, and nuanced approach on how to best apply mindfulness and associated skills for managing day to day stress and enhancing well-being. It is also recommend that when considering a program of training that you shop around for the course that best suits your needs and values, and find out some background information about the training and experience of the instructors.
Do you think some of the mindfulness phone Apps are useful? While we don’t have a strong position on the benefits of phone-based mindfulness Apps, to our present knowledge there is relatively little scientific research supporting there effectiveness. For some people they may be beneficial, but I suspect the benefits are limited. However, we believe there is no substitute for a well run mindfulness course that provides you with the space to fully explore different practices and get live feedback and coaching from an experienced trainer in order to build your practice to get the benefits you desire. In a mindfulness course with other participants you have the opportunity to hear about a range of experiences that can assist your learning and practice development.
What is your refund/cancellation policy? The refund/cancellation policy for each training program can be found at the end of each course/workshop description page on this website (as well as on the first page of RegisterNow when you enrol). Given the different mode of delivery for each course/workshop, a slightly different refund/cancellation policy will apply for each training. However, as a general rule for our Foundation in Mindfulness course, you will get a refund of the amount of the course minus an administration fee (usually $50 admin fee) if you contact us by 5pm before the first session. In the case of workshops, higher administration costs apply therefore the refund is less. Unfortunately, no refunds are possible after attending the first session.
How is your mindfulness training different to MBSR or MBCT, and why should I choose your program? The mindfulness training provided by Perth Mindfulness Centre is greatly informed by the practices and ideas of MBSR and MBCT. However, these programs are generally longer (8 sessions over 8 weeks) and more intense (home practice of about 40 minutes of meditation per day, with a 1-day retreat) than the training we offer. Moreover, they were originally developed to assist particular outpatient client groups. In the case of MBSR, people experiencing the stress of chronic pain and health conditions. In the case of MBCT, a depression relapse prevention program for adults that have suffered 3 or more episodes of depression. As such, these programs are more specifically designed to focus on dealing with the issues surrounding these problems and require a strong commitment in terms of time and practice duration. In contrast, our training is shorter in duration and advocates a more moderate and flexible level of home practice than an MBSR or MBCT program would typically encourage, and focuses on distilling the key mindfulness components and practices important for helping to reduce stress and improve general well-being. Both Mark and Paul have extensive backgrounds in MBCT from their hospital work, but do not believe this format of learning mindfulness is absolutely necessary for general adults that are not suffering from mental or physical health conditions. While we greatly respect the very comprehensive MBSR/MBCT approach, and MBSR is now being used for general populations, we believe our approach is sufficient for beginners wishing to learn about mindfulness, develop a basic practice, and gain some benefit. Our intention is to have refresher workshops at a later date to allow people to further develop and enhance their mindfulness practice at a more advanced level.
The courses and workshops offered by Perth Mindfulness Centre have been designed to assist adults to learn skills to manage day to day stress, build resilience to stress, enhance well-being, and improve one’s overall effectiveness in day to day work and life. The training programs on offer from Perth Mindfulness Centre are not intended as a substitute for consultation and treatment from a qualified and registered heathcare provider or health service if you have concerns about your mental or physical health. If you are experiencing problems with mental health (e.g., anxiety, depression, insomnia etc) or some other form of illness, then we recommend you immediately consult either your physician, doctor, psychologist or allied health care professional first (whichever is appropriate), before deciding on whether to embark on the path of mindfulness training. In the case of mental health or physical illness, mindfulness training should not be considered as an alternative to professional assessment and regular treatment under an approriately qualified and registered health care practitioner or service. While mindfulness training might be considered an adjunct treatment for some types of health problems, and MBSR/MBCT research has previously shown that these programs can help reduce negative mood symptoms, the mindfulness training we provide is not a replacement for appropriate evidence-based health care interventions. It is always recommended in circumstances of physical or mental health that you seek a referral to an appropriately qualified and registered health practitioner first for a careful assessment of your health needs, so they can advise you on the best course of action and refer you to the appropriate service/professional required. Perth Mindfulness Centre does not take any responsibility for any adverse experiences or consequences that may arise for an individual during or after attending our training courses/workshops if they have not sought appropriate professional advice and treatment in regard to any concerns they have about their health. It is always the primary responsibility of the individual attending our training programs to seek appropriate assessment, advice, support, and treatment from a qualified health professional if they have concerns about their health. Please contact us if you wish to discuss further.