Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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About Dr Nick Penney

Dr Nick Penney DO (UK) BSc (Hons) Ost Med PhD (Musculoskeletal Medicine)

Mindfulness Teacher and Corporate Trainer

Mindfulness - 'non judgmental awareness' is growing rapidly throughout the world as it is a recognised and clinically proven approach that impacts significantly on our health and well-being. I have been fortunate to be involved in the practice of mindfulness at a time when advances in neuroscience have contributed significantly to our understanding of the mind-body connection. My professional training helped me understand the mechanics of the body, mindfulness has helped me personally to understand just what an impact our mind has on both our physical and mental health.

Whilst I integrate much of the neuroscience I have learned through mindfulness into my clinical practice, teaching mbsr classes is becoming increasingly important, 'prevention being preferable to cure'.

'Meditate as though your life depends on it, for in many ways it surely does'
(Professor Mark Williams)

Nick started teaching mindfulness based stress reduction courses with Dr Don Spencer in Queensland, including teaching courses for people with long term chronic pain. Mindfulness practice is not just about getting out of difficult places however, it is also used to help people flourish in their personal, business and sporting lives.

Nick has trained with some of the World’s leaders in Mindfulness training including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy with Professor Mark Williams and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Professor Kelly Wilson and Dr Russ Harris. The Mindfulness in Schools Project (.b) with two of its founders Richard Burnet and Chris Cullen, and in October 2014 he will be completing the paws.b training, a new course designed for children aged 6-10.

Nick teaches children and adults privately and in groups, in schools, currently Kings School, St Kentigern School and Diocesan School for Girls, and to corporate and not for profit organisations.

Nick qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1980, and in the past 32 years has practiced in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. During this time he was also Osteopath to the England Men's Volleyball team. He updated his original qualification to a BSc (Hons) in 2001 and then enrolled for his PhD (Musculoskeletal Medicine) researching Biopsychosocial obstacles to recovery from low back pain through the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland. Nick was accepted into the degree in 2009. He has subsequently lectured in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand in his fields of expertise. He also teaches practitioners in many disciplines how to integrate the Biopsychosocial model into clinical practice and is often invited as a guest lecturer on various osteopathic programs around the world.

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Nick has been appointed to Expert Panels in low back pain on both sides of the Tasman. As a steering committee member of the Australian Guidelines Group he had input into the clinical practice guidelines development for neck pain, shoulder pain, thoracic spine pain, low back pain and knee pain. Nick was also a member of the multidisciplinary review group for Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence, produced by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Pain Medicine.