Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT) Teacher Training

Teachers: Cynthia Price, PhD MA LMT, Elizabeth Chaison, MEd LMT and Carla Wiechman, LMT

Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT) is a novel, empirically validated program designed to teach interoceptive awareness to help facilitate self-awareness and emotion regulation. Interoceptive awareness is the ability to perceive, access and appraise inner body sensations. This program was created for clients who avoid or are disconnected from their bodies due to stress, pain or trauma. To address possible challenges of learning to access interoceptive awareness, MABT is delivered individually and thus allows for a flexible and individualized approach to teaching. Touch is used to guide and ground awareness to the body, and clients are coached to practice using self-touch for the same purpose. MABT is also helpful for people with chronic medical issues who wish to promote symptom management through enhanced sensory awareness. Notably, the ability to access and mindfully attend to inner body sensations is often not generally well developed and thus these skills can be useful for everyone interested in facilitating awareness and well-being, and/or expanding their mindfulness skills to find.
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About the Author

Steve Hickman

Dr. Steven Hickman, Executive Director of CMSC and Director of Professional Training, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health. Dr. Hickman is the Founder and Executive Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. Steve has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for 15 years and has trained teachers of MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and, more recently MSC as well.Having witnessed the transformation that is possible out of the practice of self-compassion, he has re-dedicated himself to the dissemination of MSC as one important way that we can relieve suffering everywhere and improve the quality of our world. He is married and has three grown children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he teaches.