Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention and Relapse Prevention
Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is being experienced in the present moment, with a non-judgmental and non-reactive attitude.
Over a decade of careful research has led to the recognition among CBT researchers and clinicians that integrating mindfulness training with cognitive and behavioural interventions is a potent contribution to the treatment of a wide range of disorders. There is also evidence that the practice of mindfulness by therapists decreases their mental fatigue and the frequency of burnout and increases therapist effectiveness. Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is an evidence-based sophisticated integration of mindfulness core principles and traditional CBT. MiCBT consists of a four-stage treatment model applicable for a wide range of conditions and ages. It is based on the combination of traditional establishment of mindfulness (Burmese Vipassana tradition) with solid and well-established principles of cognitive and behavioural traditions in the West.
The aim of this workshop is to introduce the integration of mindfulness training with core principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to improve our way of addressing chronic conditions, crisis and prevent relapse in a wide range of psychological disorders. It will describe the important theoretical framework underlying MiCBT and introduce participants to the use of these skills across a wide range of chronic and acute conditions.
This workshop will expand our common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neuro-behavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT.
No prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioural techniques are required. MiCBT is a mindfulness-based therapy specifically designed to address clinical and subclinical conditions. As such, only registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners (mental health - level 2), mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses and professionally qualified counsellors and psychotherapists may apply.
Workshop content will involve practical and experiential components. Participants will learn:
- Principles and skills in mindfulness practice
- Theoretical fundamentals of mindfulness training
- The use of mindfulness meditation to neutralise operant conditioning and improve therapeutic efficacy
- How to engage the client in the treatment plan
- The four stages of MiCBT
- The use of mindfulness-based exposure skills
- The use of mindfulness-based interpersonal skills
- The use of mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies.
The workshop will involve learning material through various modalities, including:
- Lecture sections with power-point
- Guided practice of mindfulness meditation
- Group discussions
- Video demonstrations of MiCBT skills with clients during real-life therapy sessions
14 CPD hours may be claimed, but please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria, e.g.. active, special college, etc. (For Psychologists, this course meets APS criteria for 14 Active CPD hours.)
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