Learn how Mindfulness-Based CBT can help you improve your wellbeing – includes practical meditation exercises and information on the growing evidence base for this pioneering form of therapy.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MBCT) is a cutting edge form of psychotherapy developed for people with severe and enduring mental health problems; particularly those with recurrent depression and anxiety disorders.
Integrating techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy with concepts from neuroscience and mindfulness, MBCT has the potential to make a valuable contribution to the work of any counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist.
With practice, mindfulness can help us recognise how we become entangled in streams of worry, self-criticism and ruminative thinking, and slowly learn to break free from these patterns to improve our wellbeing.
During this one-day course, you’ll explore the rapidly developing evidence base for MBCT, and learn how this groundbreaking form of therapy can offer an effective solution to many of the mental problems we face today. The day will combine presentations with practical meditation exercises, and is led by Dr Cinzia Pezzlosi – a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Certified Mindfulness Practitioner.
- What MBCT is and how it can be practiced
- The science and theory that informs MBCT
- How meditation can be an effective treatment for people with recurrent depression and anxiety orders
- Mindfulness practices to incorporate into your everyday life
- How MBCT can be applied for greater self-acceptance, and for facing life’s difficulties with self-compassion instead of self-criticism.
It is an introductory workshop, and no prior mindfulness or CBT experience is required
- 10:00 – 11:30: Session 1
- 11:30- 11:45: Morning Break
- 11:45 – 1:00 Session 2
- 1:00 – 1:45: Lunch
- 1:45 – 3:15: Session 3
- 3:15 – 3:30: Afternoon Break
- 3:30 – 5:00: Session 4
Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi is a chartered Clinical Psychologist and senior lecturer in mental health and wellbeing. She qualified as a mindfulness teacher at the University of Bangor and as CBT therapist at Oxford University. She is currently acting as the Clinical Director of The Mindfulness Project.
Dr Pezzolesi is currently acting as the Clinical Director of The Mindfulness Project (UK), and over the years has developed a strong research interest around wellbeing and mental health in various health care settings. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, eating disorders and mental health and wellbeing at work.
Cinzia also has a passion for Mindful Eating, which has led her to train as Mindful Eating teacher and to develop professional training for other like-minded professionals. She is the Vice President of the Centre for Mindful Eating in the USA, a space dedicated to the education of professionals and general public around food and the interconnection between our bodies and minds.
What TWU attendees are saying:
Great initiative! For people that like myself are passionate about psychology but wouldn't commit to long term course or training it's a wonderful opportunity to listen to qualified professionals in the area in a relaxed atmosphere.
Just attended my second Weekend University day of lectures at Birkbeck, this time on Memories, Dreams and Existentialism. A great mix of speakers, styles and content which left me wanting to go home and find out more about two out of the three subjects. Fantastic to see Emmy Van Deurzen in action - she's a bit of a heroine of mine! One tip would be to ask the audience to fill up the rows of seats before the start as inevitably some people arrive late (like I did) and it was all a bit chaotic at the back of the auditorium. There were empty seats near the walls but no way to get to them without having four or five people stand up.
Great initiative. Eminent speakers, fascinating talks.
Another amazing day of learning! Thank you Niall.
I just wanted to say what a fabulous day it was on Sunday. The presenters were all highly engaging and the material fascinating. I am ever so grateful to have been able to attend and look forward to any future similar events with 'zest'!
I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a well organized event with fantastic informative talks by knowledgeable and charismatic speakers. Looking forward to future events.
Great event, 3 fantastic lectures presented
I found the 3 speakers to be extremely well prepared, professional, charismatic, authentic in their delivery of there content. They all had something to share. They were very clear on the "takeaways" which I found in important for such a long day. They all 3 were also very generious in spending time after their talk, to answer more 1-2-1 questions on the side of the room. Very generious. I look forward to future weekend university days.
Just to say that I was so impressed with the quality of the lectures today. It is rare to find that kind of substance, and I imagine you looked long and hard to choose. You are doing a great job. I will definitely come again and tell those I know who would be very interested.
I have attended lots of psychology workshops and would rate this organisation very highly. Interesting, engaging speakers and well run course at an affordable price. Well done Niall. You deserve to do very well
What an intense and heartening day, Jan 28th at Birkbeck U venue. Despite being crowded (testiment to the desire for these events and the calibre) we were comfortable enough to be riveted by the material for hours. I appreciated the free coffee, because the day was long for those like me who come from outside the city. I look forward to the slides being sent to fill out my notes. Fellow audients were warm and attending for a variety of reasons, and are the second fab reason to be there for the day.
Just attended Scientific Behaviour Change - Ancient Wisdom & Modern Psychology and had the most fantastic, enlightening and inspiring day. All three speakers were at a tremendously high level and (to echo the reviewer below) the variety of approaches and theories around a single topic gave great insight. I've already booked for next month.
Today's event was so good, I immediately booked for next one in February!?
The day of Psychology was really insightful, it has inspired me to start researching into all spectrums of mental health & psychology. Something I particularly liked about the day, was the contrast and variety of theories and approaches by each of the three speakers
Interesting lectures on a variety of areas of Psychology and well organised.
A really good mix of topics. I was engaged all day and i'm looking forward to the next one!
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