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Understanding Mindfulness-Based Programs (MBPs)

MBCT, MBSR, and MSC Similarities

  • The program foundation is the practice of mindfulness
  • Participants will develop awareness by paying attention and noticing
  • 8-week structure, 2.5 to 3* hours per weekly session
  • 4-6 hour silent retreat (highly 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 & MBSR have 2.5-hr weekly sessions whereas MSC has 3-hr weekly sessions

 

MBCT, MBSR, and MSC Differences

MBCTMBSRMSC
Mindfulness-Based Based Cognitive TherapyMindfulness-Based Stress ReductionMindful Self-Compassion
Designed to prevent depressive relapse, particularly those who deal with chronic or acute depression and/or mild-to-moderate anxietyDesigned for the general population, particularly those who deal with chronic stress resulting from a variety of physical / psychological illnessesDesigned for the general population, particularly those who deal with perfectionism or stress from mental illnesses
Looks at the ‘illness’ of depression / anxiety and asks – how mindfulness can help you stay wellLooks at the stress of living, especially with a chronic illness, and how it affects our experienceLooks at the self-critic and difficult emotions, and how self-compassion can help you stay well
Allows an accumulation of mindfulness experience to give insight about the negative mind states associated with depression / anxietyAllows an accumulation of mindfulness experience to suggest different ways to respond to sufferingCombines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to build emotional resilience
Can shift the relationship to suffering by recognizing patterns of mind and emotionCan change the relationship to suffering by turning towards pain and difficultyCan change the relationship to suffering by learning self-compassion skills
Emphasizes the element of choice in how to respond to statesEmphasizes waking up to the possibility of being present with what is hereEmphasizes “getting out of your own way” by increasing awareness

MBCT, MBSR, & MSC Themes

 MBCT ThemesMBSR ThemesMSC Themes
Orientation & InterviewGroup Orientation & One-On-One Intake InterviewGroup Orientation & One-On-One Intake InterviewGroup Orientation & One-On-One Intake Interview
Session 1Awareness & Automatic PilotIntroducing Mindfulness Meditation: Doing to BeingDiscovering Mindful Self-Compassion
Session 2Living in Our HeadsPerception & Knowing Are DifferentPracticing Mindfulness
Session 3Gathering The Scattered MindThere is Pleasure & Power in Being PresentPracticing Loving-Kindness
Session 4Recognizing AversionStress ReactivityDiscovering Your Compassionate Voice
Session 5Allowing / Letting BeStress, Mindful Awareness & RespondingLiving Deeply
Session 6Thoughts Are Not FactsStressful CommunicationsMeeting Difficult Emotions
Session 7How Can I Best Take Care Of Myself?How Do I Best Take Care Of Myself?Exploring Challenging Relationships
Session 8Endings Are BeginningsEndings Are BeginningsEmbracing Your Life
Silent Retreat6 hours of facilitator-led practices, participants remain in silence6 hours of facilitator-led practices, participants remain in silence4 hours of facilitator-led practices, participants remain in silence

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