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The Mind-Body Connection: Movement, Emotion and Calm new

Using the latest mind-body research we take an indepth look at how movement affects the functioning of our mind and emotions, the physiology of responses such as ‘fight or flight’, key therapeutic lifestyle changes – and much more…

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The Mind-Body in depth: Movement, Emotion and Calm

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  • Price: £192 per person

Includes lunch, refreshments and course notes


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Join Dr Andrew Morrice to gain valuable insights into the mind-body system – perfect for psychoeducation with your clients.  This day can be either a stand-alone learning experience or form part of a 2-day exploration along with ‘Food, Mood – and Sleep’ which is held the following day – between them the two days cover all the key areas for maintaining overall health.

Why take this course

CPD Provider LogoGetting our physical needs met healthily is just as important as ensuring that our innate emotional needs are met well, since our physical health impacts on our mental health and vice versa.

Even though our physical needs may appear obvious – a healthy diet, regular physical exercise etc – we know that most of the chronic diseases sweeping through the Western World are linked to “lifestyle”, indicating that many people are not actually meeting their physical needs, or developing their physical resources, in healthy balanced ways – despite the vast array of information available to them. Understanding just how inextricably linked the mind-body system is, gives us additional ways to help people quickly and effectively resolve many difficulties in life.

This course gives you the opportunity to look in more detail at the science behind the profound effects on mental health of ‘physical’ factors – such as movement and exercise, time in nature and real-time connection with others. It also looks at the many ways we can activate our innate capacity to find calm through our breath and attention, why these work and what it does for us physically.

Throughout the day tutor and GP Dr Andrew Morrice draws on decades of experience managing the complex combination of mental and physical health problems in General Practice (20 of those years, using the Human Givens model) and the latest research. By demonstrating how thoroughly interconnected the mind and body are in the way they react to the world around us, and giving you new information and ways to incorporate this latest mind-body knowledge into your practice, he sifts the sense from the nonsense, making it easier to think clearly about our own health as well as that of our patients…

It was great having Andrew’s extensive health background along with the application of the Human Givens framework. It really brought the subject matter great depth...


What will you learn

  • The many ways physical movement affects the functioning of the mind and our emotions
  • A deeper look into the physiology of emotional responses, such as ‘fight, flight, freeze’ or the sympathetic response
  • New information from the latest mind/body research that has implications for therapeutic lifestyle changes
  • A wealth of different ways to engender a calming response within the human system

Also covered:

  • What is ‘health’? And how do we get it?
  • How the now well-known human ‘needs and resources’ relate to our evolutionary past, and physical lives
  • Key practices to support your own health, as well as your clients’
  • Greater clarity about the role some emotions play in creating physical ill health – and the powerful ways in which other emotional states promote health (including the key role of oxytocin)
  • Increased knowledge of the ways in which physical changes in the body contribute to emotional distress
  • The many ways in which movement and physical activity are connected with mental health
  • How thinking and moving, memory and place are inextricably linked
  • A deeper understanding about the role of “Green Space” in mental health
  • The science of the stress response, and how the we can appreciate why stress becomes chronic (long-lasting) using the HG model
  • The science of the relaxation and oxytocin responses, and how these relate to many types of addiction including smoking
  • How to avoid the unhelpful psychology and aversive ‘pattern match’ that many of us have when it comes to ‘exercise’
  • Whether we can really be addicted to exercise and if so why?
  • Organising ideas to understand how 6 different types of relaxation practice relate to each other
  • A deep and practical exploration of the many ways the relaxation response can be activated through breath and attention – including a new technique for dealing with panic
  • Why some people may have come to believe that ‘the breathing’ can’t or won’t help them
  • Summaries of the role of diet and sleep on our health – along with the factors considered today in ‘Therapeutic Lifestyle Change’
  • Time to ask our expert tutor questions and benefit from group discussions
  • And more

Course Programme

The ‘The Mind-Body Connection in depth: Movement, Emotion and Calm’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • This course is open to anyone interested in mental and/or physical health
  • If you enjoyed the original 1-day Mind-Body Connection course and would like time to explore in more detail the themes covered in the first half of that course, this new course is for you
  • Please note:  you don’t need to have attended the previous Mind-Body Connection course to come on this one, or its sister course ‘Food, Mood and Sleep’.

CPD Provider LogoThis course has been independently accredited by the internationally recognised CPD Standards Office for 6 hours of CPD training.

On completion of this training you’ll receive CPD certificates from the College and the CPD Standards Office.

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Reviews for this course

4.4/5 (7 Reviews)
  1. Therapist

    Andrew has fantastic energy. I learned so much – it was a riveting day.

  2. Dr Ally Jaffee, NHS Doctor

    A brilliant framework to understand the neurobiology of our needs and how to manage stress.

  3. Keith Walton, Retired/Therapist

    Andrew is endlessly charming and interesting. His course brings together the whole of human givens in a varied, novel, in-depth and practical way.

  4. Aliya Drake, HG Therapist

    Really insightful course with an amazing way into practical applications of the HG concepts.

  5. Liz Barr, Therapist

    Packed with relevant and interesting information that underpins the HG model and techniques. Andrew is an engaging trainer.

  6. Jo Cullen, Psychologist

    Very informative, building on previous knowledge and fitting very well within the HG model.

  7. Teacher, trainee HG student

    It’s been full of detail and I’m sure valuable info. It feels a little overwhelming how quickly he went through everything. Wish we had more time.

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