Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Sunday, May 13th 4 PM through Friday, May 18th 12 PM
Weber Retreat and Conference Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221
by Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW and Claire Weiner, AM, LMSW
$750 5-day retreat register $2500 5-day retreat & ongoing supervision register
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an innovative program designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression. Based on the research of Drs. Zindel Segal, John Teasdale and Mark Williams, and documented in their book Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, a New Approach to Preventing Relapse, MBCT combines the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy.
Over the course of the 8 week MBCT program, this group intervention allows participants to become aware of the conditioned patterns of mind and mood. Learning takes place by attending to and identifying negative thought patterns that are unhelpful, and by observing fluctuations of mood. This brings insight to the link between negative mood states and negative thought patterns that lead to relapse. Through mindful awareness, participants develop the capacity to mindfully disengage from distressing moods and negative thoughts by strengthening an orientation to the present moment. This loosens the influence that avoidance, ruminations about the past or worries about the future have on the potential for depression relapse. For those who have suffered from recurrent depression being able to recognize the early signs of relapse, allows for early skillful intervention before mood symptoms become severe.
This retreat training emphasizes the importance of the clinician’s own meditation practice and self-inquiry as a platform from which to teach. The heart of this training emphasizes how mindfulness offers our clients a way to encounter and identify those modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders, while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them.
Through role-plays, simulated classroom, and client-practitioner encounters, this highly interactive professional training aims to provide the clinician with the key teaching aspects of the MBCT program. This rigorous course mixes didactic, experiential, and small group learning, and includes daily meditation practice, yoga and periods of silence.
MBCT follow-up supervision will include individual supervision offered over the course of teaching two 8 week MBCT programs to be completed within 18 months of the workshop. Individual Trainee Feedback/Certification includes attendance in 8 of 8 supervision and submitting 4 tapes of the first 8 week MBCT program and 4 tapes of the second MBCT program.
Please read before attending this retreat training, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, a New Approach to Preventing Relapse, Segal, Z.V., Williams, J.M.G., Teasdale, J.D., (2002) Guildford Press, New York
Please bring your copy of the book to the training.
By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify the core teaching elements of the MBCT program
- Define the role of sustained meditative practice in facilitating emotion regulation and defusing negative thought patterns
- Summarize the theme, rationale, intentions and practice skills for each of the eight MBCT sessions
- Discuss the relevance and importance of meditation practice and self-inquiry for the facilitator of MBCT and how this informs the integration of awareness practices within a psychotherapy frame
- Describe the origins and rationale behind MBCT
About the Presenters:
Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW is a psychotherapist who holds a teaching certificate from the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. As well as her private practice, Ms. Woods provides consultation and supervision in mindfulness-based approaches, teaches professional training programs in MBCT, leads mindfulness-based professional training retreats and has presented on the clinical application of mindfulness at numerous conferences. She has been involved in MBCT clinical research projects and is on the advisory board of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness and Meditation. Ms. Woods is a published author in the training of health professionals in mindfulness, has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1981 and is a certified yoga instructor. www.slwoods.com
Claire Weiner, AM, LMSW has more than 30 years of experience providing psychotherapy to adult individuals, couples, and groups. She supervised and taught graduate and post-graduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Michigan. Ms. Weiner has advanced training in MBCT, and she instituted and led MBCT groups in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She specializes in helping individuals with mood disorders, relationship issues, and serious medical illness. Treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Ms. Weiner has expertise and interest in mind-body interventions, including mindfulness in everyday life, mindful movement, and meditation as ways to help people manage stress, illness and the challenges of life. Ms. Weiner currently maintains a private practice in Ann Arbor. She also works as a staff social worker in the PsychOncology Clinic and teaches meditation at Preventive Cardiology, both in the University of Michigan Health System. She leads meditation groups at the Cancer Support Community in Ann Arbor and is a regular yoga and meditation practitioner.
- A cover letter stating why you would like to attend this training. Please describe your familiarity with cognitive therapy and in facilitating groups and your previous experience of meditation, including years of practice as well as the tradition in which you practice.
- Your resume or CV.
- Advanced degree in mental health-related field
- Previous experience of meditation
- A personal commitment to establishing a daily meditation practice
- Familiarity with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques
- Professional experience in working with depression
- Familiarity with facilitating group process
Tuition is due upon acceptance. Payment can be made by credit card, or shortcode through our secure server. Payment completes your registration.
Pending approval of 30 CEU/CME credits for the 5-day retreat
Questions? Contact Libby Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-476-3070.