Mindfulness Based Programs


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Established in 1979, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight week program for people suffering chronic and acute stress, chronic pain and illness, and associated anxiety and depression. MBSR uses a range of mindfulness practices to teach participants to cultivate an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards their own internal experiences including cognitions, emotional states, body sensations and impulses.

www.openground.com.au for Australia wide courses.

www.mtia.org.au for Australia-wide clinician training and list of teachers


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Closely based on MBSR, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale as an intervention designed to prevent recurrences of major depression. It integrates the main elements of MBSR with some cognitive therapy components. Although originally designed to prevent depression relapse, applications of MBCT to other problems and disorders are being explored and the research literature shows promising results.

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www.mtia.org.au for Australia-wide clinician training and list of teachers

https://www.monash.edu/medicine/scs/psychiatry/research/southern-synergy/mindfulness/mbct-prof-training-2016-2017 for clinician training in Victoria

Mindfulness-integrated CBT (MiCBT)

MiCBT is a mindfulness-based approach which draws on a similar rationale but different pedagogical style from MBPs described above, as it more strongly privileges CBT principals in thinking about case formulation, symptom maintenance, exposure and behavioural change (Cayoun, 2011).

http://www.mindfulness.net.au/ for list of therapists and Australia wide clinician training


Mindfulness Informed Approaches

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy which draws on mindfulness skills and developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders.

http://www.cmhe.com.au/ for clinician training

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is a psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. It offers mindfulness exercises, but usually not a sustained meditation training over 8 weeks.

https://www.actmindfully.com.au/ for ACT workshops and introductory training and list of therapists.


What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016