Update MBCT: latest developments and teaching methods
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an adaptation of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) that integrates mindfulness meditation practices with methods from cognitive therapy in an eight-week class format. Strong empirical evidence supports its efficacy in reducing relapse and recurrence in adults who have experienced three or more episodes of depression. Research also suggests that MBCT can be applied to a variety of other mental health problems across a range of settings.
This training will include the following topics:
– An overview of the MBCT curriculum with rationales for the practices and exercises, including their placement in the curriculum
– Consideration of ways to teach skillfully, including guiding mindfulness practices, leading inquiry, and working with cognitive-behavioral exercises
– A summary of recent research, with implications for mindfulness teachers, on MBCT and closely related topics
– A review of ethical issues in mindfulness-based interventions, including implicit ethical foundations, the role of professional ethics, Buddhist and secular perspectives, protecting course participants from harm and adverse events, and ethical communication about mindfulness
– Opportunities for workshop participants to bring up their own questions and concerns about mindfulness teaching and for group discussion about issues and difficulties that arise.
The training is part of the I AM mindfulness teacher training program. The workshop is also open for other people who had extensive professional training and experience in the past.