17-352-01 MBCT Basics Online (May 31 - July 5)

By Centre for Mindfulness Studies (other events)

Wed, May 31 2017 11:00 AM EDT Wed, Jul 5 2017 1:00 PM EDT

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 Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

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.

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

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.

Online Format
Participation will be via your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) or mobile device (iPad, iPhone, Android), with interactive audio, video and chat. 

Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

This online course requires high-speed Internet access and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate equipment and internet connection. 

Technical Requirements:

1.     High-speed internet connection

2.     Video cam (built-in or external)

3.     Audio microphone (built-in or external)

It is the registrant's responsibility to complete the required technical tests on the computer and to test the internet connection that s/he will be using throughout the course. For those registrants who plan to participate from the workplace, please note that it might be necessary to involve your IT department/consultant in determining how to meet the following technical requirements.

Please complete all the following steps to successfully join the online course

Required preparation:

Download Zoom (video conference program) by clicking here or by clicking on  

Click here for a PDF on how to install Zoom 

Ensure you have operational headphones/earphones - required to limit feedback

Test your headphones/earphones with the computer you will be using

Test your camera and microphone by clicking here or by clicking on 

If you have any questions, please contact Theo Amory at [email protected] or via phone at 647-524-6216

Wednesday Afternoons
May 31 – July 5, 2017 | 11:00am – 1:00pm ET

This course has been accredited for 13 ½ Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

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

Michael Apollo & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed

Fee: $535 (please note that meals are not provided)
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