2 Programs for Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

This computer based training is different from the most provided resources, you have reviewed before. It closely resembles the traditional group therapy, but with the luxury of the remote environment and distance settings. For those, who used to the modern videoconferences, this setup will be quite familiar.

We are presenting two programs, offered by the different institutions, for review and comparison.

The Center of Mindfulness – UMASS Medical School

The Center of Mindfulness offers Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a 8-week program for people with depression. MBCT combines the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy to break the cycle of recurrent depression.

This program is most beneficial:
* For those who have suffered from recurrent depression
* For those who have been advised to remain on antidepressant medication for the rest of their life to prevent a recurrence, as MBCT may be a welcome alternative
* For those interested in an opportunity to learn a new way of relating to unwanted thoughts and feelings and powerful skills for responding to them in an intentional and skillful manner

The Live Online MBCT program consists of:
* Orientation (required for enrollment)
* Eight weekly classes, 2 1/2 hours each (31-hours direct instruction)
* One All-Day class on a Saturday or Sunday, between classes 6 and 7
* Daily home practice assignments for 45-60 minutes each day
* You must be willing to make a strong commitment to attend all classes and to practice daily home assignments for eight weeks. If you are unable to attend your regularly scheduled class, we encourage you to make up the class by attending a different class that same week.

Cost: Using a sliding scale as follows:

Household Income          Tuition
$50,000 or greater          $725 ($655 if paid in full at time of orientation)
$40,000-$49,000                $580
$39,000 and under          $545

The Center of Mindful Living

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the basics of cognitive therapy, such as awareness of distortions in thinking, with ancient mindfulness practices. This combination helps us to see upsetting, automatic thoughts as simply moment-to-moment events rather than as solid facts, and allows us to disengage from them and return to the reality of the present moment. We come to recognize our automatic reactions toward situations, people, and things, and this awareness gives us more choice as to how we might respond to them. In this way, we are changing how we relate to thoughts and situations, which, in turn, decreases our depression and anxiety.

This live online skills-building course is designed for individuals who have suffered from recurring depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that MBCT is as effective as anti-depressants in preventing depressive relapse, and more effective in enhancing quality of life (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 12/1/08).

The course consists of eight weekly 2-hour online classes and a 2-hour intensive practice session

Classes include guided mindfulness practices, gentle yoga, in-class exercises, and discussion. There are also home practice assignments to be completed between sessions. The structure of MBCT requires strong commitment and work, but the rewards can be profound and lasting.

Maximum Participants: 15

Cost: using a sliding scale as follows:

Income                             Price
$75,000 and up               $600
$60,000 – $74,999         $525
$59,999 and below         $450

Teacher: Roger Nolan, M.A., LMFT


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