Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - Teacher Training

with Mark Lau, Thorsten Barnhofer, Marion Pahlen

May 22-28, 2017

in Bad Kohlgrub/Germany

Mark Lau, Thorsten Barnhofer, Marion Pahlen

Mark Lau, Thorsten Barnhofer, Marion Pahlen

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an innovative, empirically validated treatment program designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression and has shown promise in the treatment of mood disorders more generally. Self-knowledge grounded in sustained meditative awareness is its central tenet. Based on the research of Drs. Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale and documented in their book Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression the program integrates tools of cognitive therapy with the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation.

The heart of MBCT lies in acquainting patients with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously inviting them to develop a new relationship to these modes. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. They need not be disputed, fixed or changed but are held in a more spacious awareness, large enough to contain aspects of the self deemed both broken and whole.

Registration will be limited for this intensive training in order to cultivate an intimate, personal and highly interactive training environment. Led by Mark Lau, Thorsten Barnhofer, and Marion Pahlen, this training emphasizes the importance of the clinician’s own meditation practice and self-inquiry. Through role-play, simulated classroom and patient-practitioner encounters, it explores the actual application of mindfulness practices in working with clients. The curriculum integrates didactic, experiential and small group learning and includes daily meditations, yoga/mindful movement, and periods of silence.
The curriculum explores our ability to clearly experience, in the midst of our everyday lives, the interplay of thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations–the experiential phenomena known to cause relapse–and how awareness of these domains accurately informs or distorts our capacity to understand ourselves and work with others. The content and curriculum of each MBCT class session is explored in detail, and descriptions of session themes, curricula, and samples of client handouts are provided.

The training is an introduction to teaching MBCT, and a platform for developing further teaching skills through training and apprenticeship along established pathways.

At the completion of this activity, the participants should be able to:
• Teach the curriculum and core therapeutic tasks for each of the eight group sessions of MBCT
• Understand the central role of mindfulness meditation practice in facilitating self-regulation of emotions and mood
• Articulate the vital importance of the therapist’s ongoing mindfulness meditation practice and sustained mindful awareness within a psychotherapy framework
• Develop and/or deepen their own mindfulness meditation practice, emphasizing both formal meditative practices and mindfulness as a mode of being in daily life
• Demonstrate the clinical skills and perspectives necessary to facilitate MBCT groups

Target Audience
This 6-day intensive workshop is intended for mental health professionals wishing to expand their practice to include MBCT and mindfulness-related practices. Those in attendance should be either licensed clinicians in a mental health field or clinicians-in-training.

Participant Guidelines
1. An experiential understanding of mindfulness through personal mindfulness practice. This would normally be for at least a year before entering the training pathway.

2. Participation in a structured 8-week MBCT program as a participant. This is to understand the program experientially, including having used the core mindfulness practices that are taught in MBCT.

3. The knowledge and key competencies to deliver a structured therapeutic approach. This would normally include a (professional) qualification(s) that enables the person to teach MBCT with the target population and in the context in which they plan to teach safely and effectively. However an evaluation of the fit of their educational and vocational background with the intended population/context would be required.

4. Knowledge and experience of the population to which MBCT will be delivered, including experience of teaching, therapeutic, or other care provision.

5. Skills to work with individuals and groups.

Course Language
The course language is English with German translation.

Required Reading
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Second Edition by Zindel V. Segal, J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness
by Jon Kabat Zinn

Cognitive Therapy of Depression
by Beck, Rush, Shaw and Emery

May 22-28, 2017

Course fee:
1,190.- Euro
The course fee is without board and lodging.

Haus Ammertal
Kehrer Strasse 23
82433 Bad Kohlgrub

The room reservation will be made by Arbor Seminare.
The seminar house has mainly double and three-bed rooms at its disposition, but depending on the final number of participants, these room may serve as single rooms, too. You are invited to mark your room preferences on the registration form, but please note that the final disposition of rooms may not be communicated until shortly before the training starts.
Room rates including full board:
- Single room: 89.- Euro per night
- Double room: 79.- Euro per night / per person
- Three-bed room: 69.- Euro per night / per person

In case you would like to participate in this training:
Please switch to our German language website and proceed by clicking the "In den Warenkorb legen"-button. Please follow the German language checkout. You will then get an email, containing the bill, mentioning the amount due and our account information. Within Europe you should face no problems by transferring the money by using our IBAN and BIC-codes mentioned on the Billing-Email.

Upon submission of your registration, you will receive a questionnaire where you will be describing your reason for wanting to attend this MBCT Training, an indication of your professional training and experience in psychotherapy as well as a description of your meditation practice (if any). In regard to meditation practice, you will be asked to describe the tradition in which you practice and any retreats or other meditation experiences in which you have participated.
Should your qualifications be accepted for admittance, you receive a registration confirmation.

Cancellation conditions:
- For cancellations up to 60 days before the course starts, a processing fee of 50.- Euro will be charged.
- Between 60 and 10 days before the course starts, 50% of the course fee will be charged. If the place can be filled again, only a processing fee of 50.- Euro will be charged.
- If the booking is canceled less than 10 days before the course starts, the entire course fee will be charged. If the place can be filled again, only a processing fee of 50.- Euro will be charged.

For further requests you might contact us at:
Arbor Seminare gGmbH
Alice-Salomon-Str. 4, D-79111 Freiburg
phone 0049.(0)761.89 62 91 10

For all participants who wish to be certified afterwards we offer a qualification and certification process in cooperation with the Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD MBPTI).
Detailed information about the process you can find here: http://mbpti.org/mbct-teacher-qualification-and-certification

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