The University of Birmingham is pleased to offer a ½ day Introductory workshop on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The workshop covers MBCT theory, evidence-base and short meditation exercises so that participants can experience a ‘taster’ of what MBCT is about, before deciding whether or not to undertake further training in MBCT. This is a pre-requisite for the 5 Day Experiential MBCT Course.
MBCT combines meditation practice with elements of cognitive therapy in an innovative and effective relapse prevention treatment for recurrent depression, now recommended in NICE Guidelines (90 & 91). It is closely based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, which has been found to significantly improve participants’ ability to deal with chronic pain, anxiety and stress.
Completion of this theoretical introduction represents a necessary first step to further training being offered at the University of Birmingham by Esther Riggs and Sue MacPherson.
This introductory workshop is suitable for Mental Health professionals with a core professional training and experience of offering therapy, especially in groups. We would also require people to have had some experience using CBT. Please note this does not equip participants to teach MBCT.
Esther Riggs Chartered Counselling Psychologist & BABCP Accredited Cognitive Therapist; Susan MacPherson Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Cognitive Therapist with 35 years of clinical experience between them. They have their own meditation practice and have been teaching MBCT Courses for NHS clients for 6 years and training NHS staff to deliver MBCT programmes for the last 2 years. They are both Associates of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) and Esther also works part -time for the OMC. They are supervised by Melanie Fennell and work in association with the OMC to develop the Mindfulness programmes at Birmingham University and to ensure that the programmes offered are run and developed in accordance with UK Mindfulness Based Teacher Trainer Network, Good Practice Guidance for Teachers and Trainers.
For further information and an application form please contact CBT Programmes: firstname.lastname@example.org.