Give your clients the gift of mindfulness
Taught in a mental health context
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based 8-week workshop giving clients the training to focus on the present, gain perspective on their negative thinking, and think through positive in-the-moment actions.
We begin the next group Tuesday, September 12, in Manhattan.
Please send us your referrals now.
Information for your clients
- Flyer announcing the MBCT groups starting September 12
- Detailed information on MBCT workshop starting September 12
Clients who can benefit may have
- Long histories of depression
- Long struggles with generalized anxiety
- Remaining depressive symptoms after treatment (treatment resistant depression)
- A history of childhood trauma
- A wish for non-medication solutions
- An interest in mindfulness
Many more people benefit than originally perceived
A meta-analysis of all the randomized trials of MBCT was published in JAMA Psychiatry in June, 2016. The focus is on MBCT for prevention of depression relapse, but the large sample of this meta-analysis gave researchers a much finer lens through which to look at efficacy. From this study we get evidence that those with remaining depressive symptoms do especially well with MBCT, and that alone has important implications. The same study indicates that those with childhood trauma do well with MBCT.
In addition this meta-analysis showed that MBCT is effective across a wide range of demographics.
Implications for MBCT in the United States
Some 30% of people treated for depression have remaining symptoms, can be defined as treatment-resistant. Now MBCT can be rationally offered to those people. While we would wish to know how much remaining symptoms are appropriate, the research does not show that. Some experts in the field feel the defining element is “energy”, having enough recovery to be able to focus the mind and do the MBCT exercises that are critical for experiential learning.
More information for professionals
The 2016 JAMA article – Containing all the research details.
The related editorial by Dr. Richard Davidson, commenting and outlining ideas for future research.
The blog entry at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, in which Dr. Zindel Segal and Dr. Catherine Crane clarify many of the implications of the research.
MBCT information site for North America, MBCT.com
Training Centers for teaching MBCT, and gaining general expertise
Centers for training in teaching MBCT, and in preparing to do related research
- UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness (UCSD CFM)
- The Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto
- Oxford Mindfulness Centre
- Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice – Bangor, Wales
Note: Donald Fleck is a Mentor in the UC San Diego Mindfulness-Base Professional Training Institute (MBPTI)
What to do now
Please review your client list, see who could benefit most from MBCT. Refer them to the workshop. We’ll do the intake to review suitability for each referral. After they complete the workshop, you can see for yourself the sorts of changes the workshop can encourage. Then consider beginning your own training to become an MBCT teacher.