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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Presented by Richard W. Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D. ABPP

Thursday, June 6, 2019 – Friday, June 7, 2019  |  Richmond, bc

!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird Deadline has now been extended to 04/06/2019.

Workshop Description

Much has been written about mindfulness in recent decades, but clinicians are often left without concrete, practical skills to teach clients in acute distress. Applying the methods of an evidence-based intervention such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), requires in-depth knowledge and personal experience. MBCT is an 8-session program first developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale, and has been shown to cut relapse rates for depression in half. It has been shown to be helpful for such issues as stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and PTSD, and is also beneficial for clinicians themselves. Join mindfulness expert Dr. Richard Sears, author of Building Competence in MBCT, as he personally guides you through all of the techniques and principles of MBCT through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises. This in-depth experiential workshop will foster skills and concepts that you can immediately apply in all of your clinical work.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Competencies of MBCT

Foundations of MBCT

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Original MBCT trials
  • Evidence base for MBCT
  • Neurological evidence


  • Adaptation and expansion of CBT principles
  • Decenter from strong and persistent negative thoughts
  • Leading mindfulness exercises skillfully
  • Mindful inquiry
MBCT Curriculum & Core Therapeutic Tasks

Awareness and Automatic Pilot

  • Raisin exercise – distinguish thinking and feeling
  • Body scan – foundation to build attention
  • Mindfulness of daily activities

Living in Our Heads

  • ABC model for linking thoughts and emotions
  • Pleasant events calendar to foster attention to the positive
  • Mindful breathing for stress and focus

Gather the Scattered Mind

  • Mindful stretching for working with discomfort
  • Mindful walking for dynamic mindfulness
  • Unpleasant events calendar to relate differently to difficulty
  • 3-Minute breathing space

Recognize Aversion

  • Mindfulness of breath, body, sounds to deepen awareness
  • Working with difficulties without struggle

Allow/Let Be

  • Exposure to difficult thoughts and feelings to transform them
  • Notice thoughts without getting lost in them

Thoughts are Not Facts

  • Purposefully exposing to strong thoughts and feelings
  • Techniques for working wisely with difficult thoughts

How Can I Best Take Care of Myself?

  • Recognize relapse signatures to prevent future problems
  • Develop self-care action plans

Maintaining and Extending New Learning

  • Personalize mindfulness practices for individual clients
  • Maintain momentum of positive gains


Clinical Issues – Advanced Strategies for Working with
Challenging Clients:

Adaptations of MBCT for:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • PTSD
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Children & Adolescents

Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

  • Most research has been done in group settings
  • Best when clients have the cognitive capacity to engage in the practices
  • Adaptations must be made for acute conditions and special populations
  • Mindfulness involves moving into experiences, which may cause a temporary exacerbation of symptoms


Learning Objectives

1. Compile the underlying mechanisms that make mindfulness techniques effective for stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, pain, and addiction.

2. Breakdown the role of thoughts in perpetuating symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression as it relates to ruminating thoughts and behaviours in clients.

3. Describe the brain changes associated with mindfulness practice to explain to clients the scientific effectiveness of practicing mindfulness.

4. Connect how mindfulness builds upon and refines the evidence-based principles of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

5. Incorporate mindfulness practices into traditional CBT thought records to help alleviate clients of intrusive, obsessive compulsive thoughts.

6. Utilize specific mindfulness-based techniques to help clients disengage from the narrative of negative thoughts and emotions.

7. Organize the eight session structure used MBCT program in your own clinical setting.

8. Differentiate between the group process in MBCT vs. CBT to avoid clients’ cycles of struggling with distressing thoughts and feelings.

9. Practice guiding a client through a 3-minute mindfulness exercise to improve the consistency of conscious choices rather than automatic reactions when distressed.

10. Explore the use of decentering skills with a client, in a session, in the reduction of worry and ruminations.

11. Apply the three steps of the mindful inquiry process, after the mindfulness exercise is over, to help clients more quickly internalize the skills and attitudes that allows them let go of struggle and make conscious choices.

12. Adapt the MBCT curriculum to different client populations, including children, as it relates to treatment considerations.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Richard W. Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D. ABPP

Richards W. Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D., ABPP is a board certified clinical psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he runs a private practice and conducts regular MBCT groups for medical centres as well as for the community. He is director of the Centre for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation, and has several academic faculty appointments, including the UC College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. He was clinical lead on one of the first trials using MBCT for PTSD within the VA system, and is also on the first research team to conduct brain scans on children and adolescents before and after mindfulness practice. Dr. Sears is author of 10 books, including Building Competence in MBCT, MBCT for PTSD, and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. He is an authorized Zen teacher, has a fifth degree black belt in To Shin Do/Ninjutsu, and once served as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama.

More information: www.psych-insights.com

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Executive Airport Plaza Hotel Richmond

7311 Westminster Hwy

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

phone:  604.278.5555

website:  www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/home.php

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

For reservations, guests may call locally at 604-278-5555 or toll free at 1-800-663-2878 by mentioning the group name “Jack Hirose & Associates” or the group codes as follows:
April 24 – 25, 2019 workshop …… # 76843
May 23 – 24, 2019 workshop …… # 73836
May 29 – 31, 2019 workshop …… # 75231
June 6 – 7, 2019 workshop ……… # 75170

Room Type & Prices
Plaza / Courtyard Room- a queen bed or 2 double beds, mini-fridge
One-bedroom Condo Suite – a queen bed in master bedroom and a pullout sofa bed in living room, with full kitchen and in-room washer/dryer

April 24 – 25
Plaza / Courtyard Room – $159.00 plus tax
One-bedroom Condo Suite – $189.00 plus tax

May 23 – 24
Plaza / Courtyard Room – $175.00 plus tax
One-bedroom Condo Suite – $195.00 plus tax

May 28 – 31
Plaza / Courtyard Room – $175.00 plus tax
One-bedroom Condo Suite – $195.00 plus tax

June 6 – 7
Plaza / Courtyard Room – $189.00 plus tax
One-bedroom Condo Suite – $209.00 plus tax

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $449 $469
Group 3-7 $429 $449
Group 8-14 $409 $429
Group 15+ $389 $409
Full-Time Student $389 $409

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: June 4, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

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