MBCT :: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
February 16-21, 2014 • EarthRise Retreat Center, Petaluma, CA
Early-Bird Registration Fee: $1,125 + Room & Board
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), is an innovative, empirically validated treatment program designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression. Self-knowledge grounded in sustained meditative awareness is its central tenet. Based on the research of Drs. Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale and documented in their book Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, the program integrates tools of cognitive therapy with the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation.
The heart of MBCT lies in acquainting patients with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously inviting them to develop a new relationship to these modes. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. They need not be disputed, fixed or changed but are held in a more spacious awareness, large enough to contain aspects of the self deemed both broken and whole.
Registration will be limited for this intensive workshop/retreat in order to cultivate an intimate, personal and highly interactive training environment. Led by senior therapists, mindfulness teachers and retreat leaders Zindel Segal, PhD, Steven Hickman, PsyD and Sarah Bowen, PhD, this training emphasizes the importance of the clinician’s own meditation practice and self-inquiry. Through role-play, simulated classroom and patient-practitioner encounters, it explores the actual application of mindfulness practices in working with clients. The curriculum integrates didactic, experiential and small group learning and includes daily meditations, yoga/mindful movement, and periods of silence.
The curriculum explores our ability to clearly experience, in the midst of our everyday lives, the interplay of thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations–the experiential phenomena known to cause relapse–and how awareness of these domains accurately informs or distorts our capacity to understand ourselves and work with others. The content and curriculum of each MBCT class session is explored in detail, and descriptions of session themes, curricula, and samples of client handouts are provided. (The workshop format requires that participants be housed and fed on-site.)
At the completion of this activity, the participants should be able to:
This 5-day intensive workshop is intended for mental health professionals wishing to expand their practice to include MBCT and mindfulness-related practices. Those in attendance should be either licensed clinicians in a mental health field, clinicians-in-training, or interested professionals who do not intend to deliver the intervention directly but have other professional interests in the topic (i.e. researchers, administrators, etc.). All participants should have at least a modest regular meditation practice and an established practice is preferred.
It is our experience that successful delivery of MBCT requires facilitators to have a commitment to an ongoing, daily mindfulness meditation practice. To this end we have created recommendations for acceptance to this MBCT training.
The utilization of mindfulness in a clinical context is a burgeoning area of study and practice in the mental health field in the past few years. The number of research articles, books and popular press articles on the topic is growing exponentially each year and the demand for quality professional training in these practices and techniques is growing each year. This training has been offered for the past five years through the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, with increasing enrollments each year, as well as at other sites across the country and around the world.
UC San Diego School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education 2251 San Diego Ave., A-160 San Diego, CA 92110-2981
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