Interpersonal Mindfulness: Cultivating Presence in Relationship

Interpersonal Mindfulness: Cultivating Presence in Relationship

DATE: Friday, March 9 and Saturday March 10, 2018

TIME: Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm*
*You must commit to attending this course both days

LOCATION: Boca Raton campus, room TBA


COST PER PARTICIPANT: $295 before 2/09/18; $345 after


This course is an opportunity to experience how mindfulness can enrich our personal development, create relational attunement, and enhance therapeutic relationships. The workshop will offer an introduction to interpersonal mindfulness through learning the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue: Pause – Relax – Open – Trust Emergence – Listen Deeply – Speak the Truth. Much of the stress our clients experience originates in relationships. Actively practicing these guidelines cultivates mindfulness while engaged in relationship. The guidelines are paired with contemplations that inquire into the shared experience of being human.  Through guided meditations, talks, participatory exercises, and small group discussions participants will experience the power of mutually established mindfulness and explore integrating the relational aspects of mindfulness and wisdom into their personal experience and professional work.

These practices lead to greater clarity about the nature of suffering and its release, to increased regulation of mental and emotional states, and to more accurate insight and empathy for therapist and their clients. The wholesome impact on therapeutic relationships is immediate and lasting.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the foundations of mindfulness.
  • Apply mindfulness to cultivate accurate attunement internally and interpersonally.
  • Discuss research linking relational presence to positive therapeutic outcomes.
  • Describe six Insight Dialogue (ID) guidelines that increase clinical effectiveness by balancing conceptual knowledge with skills of relational presence.
  • Demonstrate an experiential understanding of interpersonal mindfulness through participation in actual practice sessions.
  • Apply ID guidelines to remain present and self-aware while navigating pleasant and unpleasant experiences.
  • Use ID guidelines to identify and work in wholesome ways with difficult mind states that interfere with clear discernment and wise intervention.
  • Discuss ways to integrate interpersonal mindfulness practices into our and our clients’ lives.


While offered as a professional workshop, this program is presented primarily in retreat form. Silence (refraining from speech, or engagement with devices) is practiced through most of the workshop, including lunch time, except when we are actively engaged in dialogue together. Participants should bring lunch, snacks, and beverages.



Phyllis K. Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher. She teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction at Duke Integrative Medicine and directs the Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute of Durham, North Carolina, a non-profit center for counseling and clinical education and teaches the interpersonal mindfulness practice of Insight Dialogue worldwide. Phyllis lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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