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MBCT Basics

Explore the therapeutic benefits, underlying principles and assumptions of MBCT while experiencing its essential practices and associated cognitive exercises. This is the first module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a group based treatment, originally developed for preventing depressive relapse, combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This introductory and highly experiential workshop teaches healthcare providers practices, principles, context, and neuroscience related to MBCT. Practitioners learn this modality from the inside out. This module is therefore primarily for personal use and professional resilience.

Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model, receive an overview of the program as well as an understanding of the relative contraindications and clinical applications.

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers and social service workers interested in learning about MBCT, its clinical benefits and application to personal and professional resilience. There is no prerequisite for this course.

Fee: $535 (as a charity, we do not charge HST) Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Timing: Two-day course, 12 in-class hours

Course Objectives
• To learn about MBCT: historical context and supporting science
• To experience and reflect on introductory mindfulness practices and CBT exercises
• To learn more about the clinical application of mindfulness for depression, anxiety and stress

Course Content
• Overview of context and research on MBIs
• Overview of MBCT program
• Mindfulness practices and CBT exercises – practice and inquiry
• Underlying principles and assumptions of MBCT
• Clinical application of MBCT practices/exercises to anxiety, depression and stress
• Home Practice

We also offer MBCT Basics ONLINE over 6 sessions. Learn more here.

I found the course very helpful in expanding my understanding of mindfulness and particularly my knowledge around teaching about mindfulness. I would caution people about the time commitments, and making sure they have the ability to incorporate the experiential practice, as that is how you get the most out of it.
- MBCT Basics Participant (December 2016)

Upcoming Courses

2-Day MBCT Basics 17-302-04

Start: Monday, September 11, 2017@9:30 am
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP

Les bases de la MBCT – 2 journées 17-302-05

Start: Thursday, November 9, 2017@9:30 am
Facilitator(s): Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP & Andréanne Elie MD FRCPC

Program Calendar

Professional Development

Start: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-07-05 13:30:00
Start: Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 3:00 pm
2017-07-08 19:00:00
Start: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 10:00 am
2017-08-01 14:00:00
Start: Friday, August 18, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-08-18 13:30:00

Personal Programs

Start: Friday, June 23, 2017 - 10:00 am
Start: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Start: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 6:00 pm