- Health professionals, in particular those
interested in recurrent depression.
- Those interested in applying meditation-based
approaches in other healthcare settings.
- 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.