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9.30am – 5pm
CPD Value: 28 hours
Islington, London N1
This training does not require prior academic knowledge or accreditation to a particular body. We expect you to have a professional context in which facilitating behaviour change is a focus. This can be in a mental health or work/business setting.
About this course
This four day course covers the contents of the 8 week MBCT programme, and more. The course is aimed at mental health practitioners and coaches who would like to personally experience MBCT and also have interest in how MBCT might inform your one on one practice. Contents include a range of mindfulness interventions (meditations, every-day mindfulness and mindful movement) and will introduce you to ways of identifying and dealing with difficult physical sensations, feelings and moods commonly associated with stress, anxiety, pain and depression. The experience of working in a group can enhance one’s own learning as we observe how fellow human beings grow and change. Those of you who wish to run MBCT groups are invited to continually cultivate your mindfulness practice after this training, and then apply for the Teacher Development retreats when you meet the entry criteria.
This course is also appropriate for those who just want to experience MBCT for their own wellbeing.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy has been developed with the aim of reducing relapse and recurrence for those who are vulnerable to episodes of depression. This empowering way of working has also gained empirical validation. It is needed because the risk of relapse and recurrence in those who have been depressed is very high, and the amount of triggering required for each subsequent episode becomes lower each time depression recurs.
Jon-Kabat-Zinn’s book, Full Catastrophe Living (1990; New York: Delacorte) describes many of the methods used in the MBCT programme and is an excellent introduction to clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training, also applicable to chronic pain, anxiety, and stress-related physical illness.
About the trainer
Chartered Psychologist, ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer, BSc. Psychol, Dip Couns, MSc. Couns Psychol, Dip Couns.Psychol
Stefana co-founded the Psychedelic Society’s Psychedelic Experience Retreats, the pioneering programme offering legal, modern ceremonial retreats in The Netherlands using psilocybin-truffles. For the last 3 years, she has supported over 300 people going on profound, often life-changing psychedelic journeys of healing and discovery. She is passionate about grounding psychedelic use and spiritual practice in psychotherapeutic inquiry, as well as uplifting our Western materialist mindset to the perennial wisdom found in the transpersonal.
Since 2016 Stefana has been training in holistic counselling under the tutelage of the founders of the Path of Love, a transformational 7-day psycho-spiritual process. She is a student of the Diamond Approach, a contemporary spiritual path integrating the teachings and practices of the ancient wisdom traditions with modern depth psychology. She holds a bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in International Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris and Columbia University in New York. Stefana is also a certified Emergency First Responder.
This retreat will also have other mental health professionals with ACT training and psychedelic therapy guide experience, ensuring each of you can receive individual attention when you need it. This retreat is not aimed at people with severe mental-health issues. All facilitators will remain sober throughout the retreat.
Further details coming soon.