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MBCT and MBSR Similarities

  • The program foundation is the practice of mindfulness
  • Participants will develop awareness by paying attention and noticing
  • 8-week structure, 2.5 hours per weekly session
  • 1-day silent retreat (recommended)
  • Group format with individual home practice and exercises each week
  • Program is built around facilitator-led discussion and inquiry
  • Sessions include formal meditation practices and mindful movement exercises

 

MBCT and MBSR Differences

 

MBCT

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Designed to prevent depressive relapse, particularly those who deal with chronic or acute depression and/or mild-to-moderate anxiety
  • Looks at the ‘illness’ of depression / anxiety and asks – how can mindfulness help me stay well?
  • Allows an accumulation of mindfulness experience to give insight about the negative mind states associated with depression / anxiety
  • Can shift the relationship to suffering by recognizing patterns of mind and emotion
  • Emphasizes the element of choice in how to respond to states
  • Explores how patterns of mind and emotion can lead to being at risk for relapse
  • Explicit focus on turning toward low mood and negative thoughts

MBSR

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Designed for the general population, particularly those who deal with chronic stress resulting from a variety of physical / psychological illnesses
  • Looks at the stress of living, especially with a chronic illness, and how it affects our experience
  • Allows an accumulation of mindfulness experience to suggest different ways to respond to suffering
  • Can change the relationship to suffering by turning towards pain and difficulty
  • Emphasizes waking up to the possibility of being present with what is here

 

MBCT and MBSR Themes

MBCT Themes MBSR Themes
Orientation & Interview Group Orientation (45-60 minutes) & One-On-One Intake Interview (10-15 minutes) Group Orientation (45-60 minutes) & One-On-One Intake Interview (5-10 minutes)
Session 1 Awareness & Automatic Pilot Experiencing New Possibilities
Session 2 Living in Our Heads Discovering the Wisdom of Embodiment
Session 3 Gathering Attention Perception Determines Experience
Session 4 Recognizing Aversion Impact of Stress & Stress Reactivity
Session 5 Allowing/Letting Be Coping Strategies & Emotional Intelligence
Session 6 Thoughts Are Not Facts Stressful Communications
Session 7 How Can I Best Take Care of Myself Increasing Resilience & Self-Care
Session 8 Using What I Have Learned Weaving Your Parachute Before You Jump
Recommended Attend one of the Centre’s monthly Silent Retreat (6 hours) Attend one of the Centre’s monthly Silent Retreat (6 hours)

Personal Programs

Start: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Start: Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00 am
Start: Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 10:00 am
Start: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Professional Development

Start: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Start: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:30 am