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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
Martin has cultivated his personal mindfulness practice for over 25 years. For 17 yrs, working as both psychologist and visiting Buddhist minister, he facilitated mindfulness-based groups and counselling services in a central London prison. In private practice, since 2002 he has been developing the use of ACT in short term work and weaves many ACT & MBCT practices and procedures into longer term mindfulness-based psychotherapy. His research interests focus upon qualitative, participant inquiry methods exploring the integration of mindfulness meditation with counseling; and in developing public-sector / third sector partnership arrangements for the roll-out of 3rd wave therapies.
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