Empathy for others and empathy for ourselves

Mindfulness meditation has grown in popularity and public awareness exponentially over the last decade. But what is Mindfulness all about? Smiling Mind takes the basic principles of Mindfulness meditation and offers a technology based approach to learning this practice. At the root of mindfulness practice lies acceptance and non-judgement. These foundations are intricately connected to empathy - empathy for others and empathy for ourselves. Addie’s presentation will focus on how mindfulness meditation and the Smiling Mind programs can foster empathy in this way.

About the speaker

Dr Addie Wootten is a Clinical Psychologist and CEO of Smiling Mind. Addie has an extensive background in clinical psychology, research and e-health and she is a well known leader in the field for her work in delivering and researching innovative programs to enhance the wellbeing of people with cancer. Addie has developed and evaluated a range of online wellbeing tools and has published widely.

Addie completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Monash University and her undergraduate training at La Trobe University. She is also an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program. In her professional career Addie has most recently been the Director of Clinical and Allied Health

Research at Epworth Prostate Centre, e-Health Research Manager at Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Clinical Psychologist at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Addie has been using Mindfulness Meditation as a part of her clinical psychology practice for many years and she also has a strong personal mindfulness practice. Addie has recently taken on the CEO role for Smiling Mind (August, 2015):

“I’m excited to be joining the very impressive Smiling Mind team. I count myself very lucky to be able to take on the leadership role of such a dynamic, energetic and committed non-profit organization. The significant impact that Smiling Mind can have on the health and wellbeing of so many people is inspiring and I’m looking forward to seeing this impact grow”.

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