Ian Percy offers ways of conceptualising mindfulness that includes, and diverges from, prevailing discourses and practices. While mindfulness can be thought of as a moment-to-moment non-evaluative or nonjudgmental practice, it is also associated with remembering, imagination and ethics in Buddhist traditions. Various purposes and practices of mindfulness are relevant for therapeutic meetings. In this video, Ian will offer a brief guided method that brings gentle attention to somatic experiences before proposing that mindfulness can assist in sustaining preferred skills and the consolidation of desired values and ethics. These expanded applications of mindfulness can be integrated with storied meaning-making.
Ian Percy MSW PhD is a senior therapist, supervisor, consultant, trainer and published author in narrative and mindfulness approaches. He is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and an Accredited Psychotherapy Supervisor with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Since 1997 Ian has taught narrative approaches to social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychotherapists, nurses, teachers, chaplains, and occupational therapists. He has given workshops and papers at state, national and international conferences, and received two university awards for academic excellence. In 2016 he was a Plenary Speaker on spiritualities at the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health held in Singapore. As well, Ian has studied and practiced various forms of meditation, including mindfulness approaches, for 40 years. His recently completed PhD thesis researched the similarities and differences between therapeutic mindfulness in Australia and Bhutan.