Mindfulness Training Programmes by Phil Chen in Australia & overseas
Phil Chen has worked for the Ford Motor Company in the Engineering Department for the past 37 years. During his mid-life crisis, he realised how little he knew about his own self and decided to study psychology in an attempt to find meaning and purpose in his life. He now has a Grad Dip. in Psychology and during the course of obtaining his Master of Counselling, he discovered Mindfulness that has provided clarity to the question of what this life is about. His passion is to share his learnings and experience with as many people as he can to help them build better relationship with family, friends and colleagues and to make a positive impact in our communities everywhere.
Phil has conducted over 40 Mindfulness workshops, primarily in Ford but also to people from other companies (Telstra, Futuris, CFA, VACC, Sumitomo) including some overseas (China, Indonesia, Thailand and Brazil) with extremely positive feedback. Phil draws on his corporate experience with a multinational company to provide a real work-life context throughout the workshops.
Phil is Adjunct Fellow of the Wade Institute, Ormond College, Melbourne University where he conducts a course on ‘Mindfulness for Entrepreneurs’ as part of the Master of Entrepreneurship program.
- Graduate Diploma of Psychology – Deakin University
- Masters of Counselling - Victoria University
- BSc. In Mechanical Engineering – Southampton University
- MSc. In Automotive Engineering - Southampton University
Testimonials from Past Mindfulness Workshop Participants:
I found Phil’s Mindfulness workshop to be a rewarding experience, helping me understand the importance of a focussed mind at work and home, and to cope with the increasing need to merge what used to be considered work-time and home-time. The discussions with colleagues during the course were very rewarding as we shared issues and thoughts and developed our understanding of mindfulness. The short meditations and breathing exercise practiced in the course have become a mandatory part of my day to help calm my grass-hopper mind, and even in the short time since then I have noticed a more calm and focussed approach to the multiple demands at work and out of work.
I never knew how the complexities of our world could dramatically influence our lives. The workshop helped me to learn the importance of truly understanding who we are as well as to recognise that there are so many factors that trigger our emotions. I learned to develop tools to help me deal with stresses that not only influence my emotions, but also how stress influences my colleague’s emotions. Phil’s knowledge and genuine passion for stress management and mindfulness created a fantastic and fun learning environment. The power of meditation and breathing as a technique to deal with some of the workplace/life stresses we face every day was incredible. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone.
This workshop is not like the usual workshops. I found it to be very meaningful and it allows us to learn how we can develop ourselves. We learn the basics of psychology and Mindfulness concepts that provide us with the opportunity to improve ourselves, to make our life better, not only at work but also in our personal and family life.
When I was invited to the workshop on “Mindfulness Training for Wellness and Self-efficacy”, I had no idea what was waiting for me. As Phil started to talk about stress, worry, anxiety and we did the first meditation section, I realized how “worried” I was and how much energy I was wasting. The “Who are you?” section definitely caused profound sensations and changes. Phil´s training helped me to get in touch with myself, recognize things had to change for me and for the people around me. Deeply recommend for leaders who want to have a better life for him/her and for the team members while getting better results at work. Definitely a game changer in my life!!
I found the ‘Developing Effective Leadership Using Stress Management and Mindfulness Workshop’ to be well worth the time sacrifice. Very few workplace improvement training lives up to the promise and Phil’s workshop is an exception. Phil’s combination of counselling training and industry experience provides him with a unique set of skills that quickly cut through the baggage we all carry and help us instil our staff with effective tools to improve their focus, effectiveness and team work. I would highly recommend the workshop
I attended the workshop on “How to Develop Effective Leadership and Personal Wellness Using Mindfulness” that Phil Chen conducted for the senior leadership group in Changan Ford. I enjoyed the flip chart discussions with colleagues and in particular the cross-cultural team-building benefits that resulted from the sharing of common life issues and experiences. I also enjoyed the experience of practicing meditation in a non-yoga setting. Overall, I thought the session was well facilitated, met the needs of a more senior audience, kept to the Mindfulness theme and was a helpful aid to our people.
I recently attended Phil Chen’s ‘Developing Effective Leadership Using Stress Management and Mindfulness Workshop’. It was a refreshing, constructive program that not only stretched the mind but provided practical methods to approaching challenging moments in life. Phil is an exceptional practitioner who adds humour to education. I thoroughly recommend the program.
Phil’s extensive experience in the corporate sector adds gravitas to the insights he provides during the seminar. As a National Sales Director it is imperative that I manage my stress levels to maintain peak performance. I personally found Phil’s course to offer illuminating suggestions that I will deploy to improve both my personal and professional life.
From the Mindfulness workshop, I learned the importance of keeping calm in the chaos and emergencies at work, the awareness of how to create a space between an event and our reaction. The material covered is very relevant, it makes us aware of how to use our core values and beliefs to create our sense of meaning and purpose. I am glad to have been given this opportunity to learn about Mindfulness that I would share with my team.