This section is born with the intention of promoting the formation and competent teaching of the program Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and its social and institutional recognition in different application ambiences.
It tries to be the frame of reference to all those formed professionals or who want to be trained in this approach, providing to them support and key resources for learning and permanent update and for the implementation and diffusion of courses in its respective work environments, as well as ongoing retraining. Also to create an environment of exchange in teachers’ community and an official directory of qualified teachers that it is possible to consult.
Dña. Estrella Fernández
Certified Teacher of MBCT for the University of Bangor
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Approach of the program MBCT
The program MBCT integrates Mindfulness practices with Cognitive – Behavioral Therapy. Developed by the Drs. Williams, Teasdale and Segal for relapse prevention in recurrent depression, its application ambience has evolved to be given to a much wider range of people and environments (clinical, educational, general population), on having been based on the deep comprehension of the factors that cause psychological suffering
MBCT is based on the program Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) that Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed in the medical center of the University of Massachusetts, to help people who were suffering chronic physical pain and long-term ailments.
Very similar programs in base and structure, the MBCT do more emphasis on the knowledge of psychological and cognitive aspects behind the concrete problems.
It contains skills and exercises of cognitive – behavioral Therapy and includes elements of psycho-educational didactic type and has been demonstrated especially useful for persons with tendency to negative and repetitive thoughts that generate or perpetuate anxiety feelings or low mood. Its application benefits the recovery of these persons by means of the practice and internal deepening of new mental patterns.
Participants develop the ability to allow emotions and difficult sensations and flow between negative thoughts, without suppressing them, fleeing, or fighting against them. They learn to keep in touch with the present moment, without being impelled to turn to the past or to worry for the future.
The MBCT is a program extensively endorsed scientifically. Recommended by the NICE guide (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellency of the United Kingdom) for recurrent depression treatment
Targets of the section
- To provide competent quality formation, and acreditation as teachers of MBCT (matching with the criteria of good practices of the teachers’ network of the United Kingdom and to that AEMind is adhered also).
- To look over the integrity and the competent exercise in the teaching of the MBCT programs.
- To create a directory of qualified teachers.
- Improving professional and scientific development of the teachers.
- Fostering cooperation, information exchange and experiences between the members
- To introduce and to promote MBCT in the clinical ambience, and in the public health service as recommendations of the guide NICE.
- To introduce and to promote MBCT in other spheres, like schools, prisons or working contexts.
- To spread and to make the program accessible for the progress of well-being between the general population.
- To promote and to spread the scientific research in different application ambiences.
- Organizing and fostering scientific, professional, and welfare activities.
- To provide resources and supports for the permanent training inside the mentioned standards for teaching MBCT courses.
Who can be member of the section
- Associates of AEMind who have completed like participants at least or finished a MBCT program of 8 weeks or in the intensive format of 27 hours, and a silent retreat of 2-4 days, who have usual personal practice of Mindfulness and who have the purpose of following the pathway of training like teachers of MBCT, by means of the achievement of, at least, Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 (TTR1) according to the itinerary described by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) of the University of Bangor.