MBCT for life – Teacher training



MBCT for Life (MBCT-L) is a recent adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT-D; Teasdale, Segal, & Williams, 2013) applicable to the general population. It offers mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural techniques in ways that are intended to be accessible to all. It guides participants in how to apply this learning in everyday life both to manage what is painful and difficult and to cultivate qualities such as compassion and equanimity. It offers a different way of living that supports people to work with challenges, including recurring patterns of thought and behaviour that create suffering, but also to savour life and to flourish. MBCT-L follows the model of MBCT-D, with 2-hour weekly sessions, about 40 minutes of home practice per day, and a full day of mindfulness practice between session 6 and 7. It is an in-depth programme intended to cultivate lasting and sustainable change.

This 2-day workshop is designed for mindfulness teachers who have been trained in MBCT and are interested in learning this new curriculum. The workshop begins with an introduction to the theoretical and empirical background for MBCT-L. We then consider the organization of the 8-week curriculum and explore the practices and exercises that are not found in MBCT for depression but are specific to MBCT-L’s broader intentions. These include appreciation and befriending practices, a “vicious flower” model of what maintains distress, and skills that support greater responsiveness in thought and action. Participants will practice teaching these elements of the program to each other in pairs or small groups.



Meet your trainer Ruth Baer



Ruth Baer is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky, where she conducts research on mindfulness and teaches and supervises a variety of mindfulness-based interventions. Her scholarly work focuses on assessment and conceptualization of mindfulness, effects of mindfulness-based interventions, mechanisms of change in mindfulness training, and professional training and ethics in the mindfulness field. She has contributed to the development of several self-report instruments for assessing mindfulness and related skills, edited three books for professionals on mindfulness-related topics, and written a book on mindfulness for the general public. She serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals and is an Associate Editor for Mindfulness. She is also an Associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at the University of Oxford where she collaborates on research and gives talks and workshops about mindfulness.

MBCT for Life; de nieuwste Oxford-upgrade


Eerst was er de MBSR, oorspronkelijk bedoeld voor ernstig zieke mensen in een ziekenhuis settting. Toen kwam de MBCT, een programma gericht op mensen met recediverende depressies. Daarnaast werden er allerlei specifieke toepassingen ontwikkeld waardoor programma’s nog beter aan konden sluiten op specifieke doelgroepen.
Nu komt er vanuit het Oxford Center for Mindfulness een grote upgrade, MBCT for Life, een MBCT programma dat in feite gericht is op iedereen.

“For those who are at high risk of experiencing mental health problems, to the majority in the middle who are functioning well and enjoying good well-being, through to those who are flourishing. After all, mindfulness is a natural capacity we all have and the possibility of developing mindfulness is available to everyone”.

Prof. Willem Kuijken, Oxford Center For MIndfulness, Oxford University.