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.

Google for state based courses

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 have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 


Roz , 2018