Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course (MBCT)
MBCT is an evidence-based 8-week program developed by Zindel Segal (PhD), Mark Williams (PhD) and John Teasdale (PhD). It is an integration of mindfulness (rooted within ancient wisdom and practices) and cognitive behavioral methods (using the discoveries of modern psychological science).
We are offering a program that is built on the framework of MBCT that was originally designed for depression and has been shown to be effective for the risk of relapse, but also beneficial for anxiety, mood changes and emotional distress, which is relevant to all of us. It is now taught in mainstream, everyday settings and aims to benefit people across the spectrum of mental health and well-being.
This is a structured curriculum, largely experiential and is based in formal and informal (everyday life) practices.
MBCT for Life is an in-depth programme intended to cultivate lasting and sustainable change. It offers a diffeent way of living that supports people to work with challenges of their daily life, including patterns of thought and behaviour that created problems, but also to savour and appreciate life and to flourish.
Learning to work with mind skilfully
MBCT for Life 8-week course
When: April 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
All Day Practice: TBD
Time: 09:00 am-11:15 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Program Fee: $300 or $565 or $725.
Pricing is based on a sliding scale.
What will participants learn?
MBCT is a skills-based course rather than a therapy. it cultivates the following understandings:
Mindfulness starts when we recognize the tendency to be on automatic pilot, which can rob us of our potential for living life more fully. We begin to practice stepping out of automatic pilot by bringing mindfulness to aspects of everyday present-moment experience that we might normally overlook.
With greater awareness, we begin to notice how often we are lost in our thoughts and feelings.
Mindfulness of the body and breathing helps us learn to recognize our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and impulses, gather the scattered mind, and return with appreciation to here and now.
We learn that when our attention is caught up in the past or the future, we can get trapped in unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting.
Mindfulness helps us recognize these automatic reactions, understand them as normal human experiences, and bring kindness and compassion to them.
As we cultivate attitudes of interest and friendliness toward all of our experiences, whether pleasant or unpleasant, we learn skills for keeping our balance through life"s ups and downs, responding skillfully when difficulties arise, engaging with what is most important to us, and opening up to moments of joy, contentment, and gratitude. We learn to flourish.
What happens during the sessions?
Sessions follow a consistent pattern.
After greetings and getting settled, we begin with a guided meditation practice, followed by a reflection on the experiences of the practice.
Then we discuss the experiences of the home practices during the week.
Each session has a theme that is woven into the discussion.
We often do another short practice or a cognitive exercise and reflect on what can be learned from that.
Near the end of each session, we explain the home practices for the following week. Guided recordings and a course handbook will be provided.
The teachers are available after the session in case you would like to speak briefly to them individually.