Masterclass Workshop with Zindel Segal, PhD

686 Bay St, Toronto, ON
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a group intervention designed to train formerly depressed patients to disengage from dysphoria-activated depressogenic thinking that may mediate relapse/recurrence.  It is based on an integration of CBT for depression with central components of mindfulness meditation.  Key themes of the program include experiential learning and the development of an open and acceptant mode of response, in which one intentionally faces behavioral difficulties and affective discomfort.  In time participants develop a “decentered” perspective on thoughts and feelings, in which these experiences are viewed as passing events in the mind.   Increased awareness allows early detection of relapse-related patterns of negative thinking, feelings, and body sensations, so allowing them to be “nipped in the bud” much earlier than if such warning signs are not noticed or are ignored.  Formulation of specific relapse/recurrence prevention strategies are also included in the later stages of treatment.  Finally, as a general, and perhaps somewhat unusual, operating principle, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy requires a capacity for self-observation, typically gained through sustained meditative practice, that informs a therapist’s work with this approach.

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