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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.

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.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 35.25 Mainpro+ credits. It is also approved for up to 13 CECs by the CPA, for up to 12 CECs by the CCPA, and for up to 12 CECs by the OACCPP.

Timing: 12 in-class hours

Fee: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

* This course is for continuing professional development only and is not to be taken for assistance with personal concerns such as anxiety, stress, depression or other difficult mind and mood states. 

Technical Requirements for Online Version

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

MBCT Basics in Montréal 20-302-03

Start: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Facilitator(s): Andréanne Elie MD FRCPC

MBCT Basics Online 20-352-02

Start: Monday, January 20, 2020
Facilitator(s): Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP

MBCT Basics in Toronto 21-302-01

Start: Friday, April 24, 2020
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP