Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is an innovative, empirically validated treatment program designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression and has shown promise in the treatment of mood disorders more generally. 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.
Learning Outcomes and Objectives
At the completion of this activity, the participants should be able to:
- Teach the curriculum and core therapeutic tasks for each of the eight group sessions of MBCT
- Describe the central role of mindfulness meditation practice in facilitating self-regulation of emotions and mood
- Articulate the vital importance of the therapist’s ongoing mindfulness meditation practice and sustained mindful awareness within a psychotherapy framework
- Develop and/or deepen their own mindfulness meditation practice, emphasizing both formal meditative practices and mindfulness as a mode of being in daily life
- Demonstrate the clinical skills and perspectives necessary to facilitate MBCT groups.