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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 17, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
April 24 and 25, 2014
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $275
Instructor: Theresa Casteels, EdD, C Psych

Mindfulness based interventions are currently being applied to a wide range of mood disorders, personality disorders and medical conditions, as well as educational and workplace applications. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was originally developed following an intensive research study into the mechanisms of depression, relapse and how relapse could be prevented. Traditional cognitive therapy was integrated with Eastern practices in mindfulness meditation to develop a clinically proven, evidence-based approach to preventing relapse.

This workshop will help participants develop an understanding of:

  • how individuals reactively slide from a place of psychological steadiness to one of depression, stress and anxiety, overwhelming urges, etc.,
  • what mindfulness is and why its a skilful response to such experiences,
  • the attitudinal foundations of mindfulness, and
  • an overview of the eight-week MBCT program, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning, including:
  • generic mindfulness skills, and
  • an application of mindfulness practice to troublesome/difficult experiences.

Through meditation practices such as breath meditation, body scan and mindful movement, workshop participants may recognize the capacity to allow feelings, thoughts and body sensations to occupy awareness, and to step out of their habitual reactivity to them. This allows for a felt sense of space and perspective for more creative and skilful responses.

To fully partake in this practice-based workshop, participants should dress for comfort and movement, wearing clothing that does not constrict the abdomen. You'll be invited to do some "home practice" between days 1 and 2 if you'd like to further sample this approach. If you're interested in learning more about MBCT you may find it helpful to read The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Williams, M., Teasdale, J., Segal, Z., and Kabat-Zinn, J.).



"Combination of theoretical background, research findings & experiential exercises. All were excellent."

"Actually doing the meditations was both professionally and personally helpful. The slideshow was detailed and presented very clearly."

"Practical exercises, excellent teacher with very good facilitation skills and knowledge."

"Great insight and professional manner wonderful conference instructor Theresa!"

"This felt like a very safe learning environment due to your exceptional facilitation skills and personal approach/style."