Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy:

a new approach to preventing relapse

Professor Mark Williams

Mark Williams is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor, and Director of the Institute of Medical and Social Care Research. Professor Williams is the author of over 100 articles and books on the subject of depression and suicide and has a great interest in cognitive models and treatment of depression.


Conference aimed at


- Health professionals, in particular those interested in recurrent depression.

- Those interested in applying meditation-based approaches in other healthcare settings.

Conference content

- Show recent evidence on the nature of cognitive risk for relapse - Explore why a mindfulness-based approach may be an apt approach - Show preliminary evidence on efficacy

- Provide an insight into some of the practices used in the 8-week program and how these are integrated with CBT in practice.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy:

a new approach to preventing relapse

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an approach developed by Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal to help patients who have recovered from depression reduce the chances that the depression will recur.

Preliminary evidence from a threesite international study has shown MBCT to be effective in reducing rates of relapse. MBCT draws on existing evidence from psychological research to show how sustaining recovery from depression depends upon learning how to keep mild states of sadness from spiralling out of control.

This approach is meant to enhance not replace whatever type of treatment may have been received for the acute episode of depression.