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.


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