Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 8-week course York, Thursday evenings
Thursday, 29 September 2016 at 18:30 - Thursday, 24 November 2016 at 20:30
An 8-week mindfulness meditation course with a proven record of preventing the relapse of depression.
MBCT is a structured 8-week group course which teaches a bespoke combination of mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy. It is supported by a growing base of empirical research and is recommended by NICE as a treatment of choice for recurrent depression.
Originally developed by Professor Mark Williams, this course follows a similar format to the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme, the focus of which is on developing life skills (rather than providing a "quick fix") which promote a greater awareness of ourselves, others and the world around us, as well as a greater capacity to manage stress and prevent the relapse of depression.
Reported benefits of attending mindfulness courses include:
- A greater capacity for relaxation and calmness
- Less worry, anxiety and depression
- Enhanced emotional control, resourcefulness and resilience
- Improved self-confidence and creativity
- Better sleep quality
Research has shown that mindfulness skills can lead to improvements in our quality of life and also enhance our immune function.
Who Should Attend
MBCT is recommended in NHS guidelines for the treatment of recurrent depression. It is ideal for individuals who have a history of depression, but are currently feeling well, and would like to take a pro-active approach to maintaining their mental health and wellbeing by learning a new skill-set specifically designed to prevent depressive relapse.
This course is not open to healthcare professionals wishing to observe.
If you have been diagnosed with depression, your GP may be able to apply for NHS funding for your place on this course. For further information on GP Referrals, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course will be taught over eight classes scheduled to take place from Thursday 29th September to 24th November (excluding half term, 27th October). Each class will be between 2 and 2.5 hours long and will take place on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm/9pm at the Priory Street Centre.
This course teaches a valuable life skill, the development of which may be challenging, and requires a personal commitment to attending all eight classes, as well as maintaining a regular meditation practice at home.
The course gradually progresses from short or relaxing meditations suitable for beginners, to more advanced mindfulness exercises which include approaching difficult thoughts/emotions. As each class builds on the preceding class, it is important that anyone who misses a class attends a "catch up session". We are happy to accommodate this in the case of illness etc., but regret that if more than two classes are missed you may not be able to finish the course. We therefore recommend carefully checking the course schedule below before reserving a place. Thank you.
The facilitator for this course is Robert Broughton.
Robert is a professional mindfulness, well-being and emotional intelligence coach, specialising in stress and neurobiology having trained with some of the field leading researchers in the US and the UK.
Robert's background includes 30 years of personal meditation study and practice. Over the past six years he has taught over 50 mindfulness courses in a variety of settings including schools, universities, charities and for the NHS. Robert founded The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion in 2009 and continues to take the lead in both managing the business and instructing courses.
Frequently Asked Questions...
What if I miss a class?
We are happy to provide catch up sessions for delegates who miss a class. Catch ups are usually provided on a one-to-one basis with the course instructor and take 30 minutes to complete. There is a nominal charge of £15 for this service.
Is there disabled access to the venue?
There is disabled access to the venue. The rooms used and disabled toilets are all on ground floor level.
What further information will I receive?
All our delegates receive "Joining Advice" one week before their course commences. This email will include information on the class schedule, venue and facilities, and a link to our "pre-course questionnaire" which we would be grateful if you could complete before the course commences.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you decide to cancel your place on this course, we will refund...
- Your full course fee, minus a £20 administration charge, if we receive notice from you at least 7 days before the 1st class
- 75% of your course fee if notice is given before the 2nd class
- 50% of your course fee if notice is given before the 3rd class
- No refunds will be issued after the 3rd class
In the case that the course is cancelled by York MBSR, all course fees will be refunded in full.
I am considering training to teach mindfulness, will an MBSR course enable me to do this?
For those looking to teach mindfulness we would recommend having a look at the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations which gives guidance on good practice and teacher training organisations within the UK. An 8 week MBSR course is generally considered a good starting point and often a pre-requisite to attending teaching training. If you are looking to follow a particular training route it is worth checking any stipulated pre-requisites.
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The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion
The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion offer a range of courses and events for individuals, healthcare professionals, schools and organisations centred on the practice of mindfulness meditation.