MBCT TTI: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Intensive September-October 2023

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Mark A. Lau PhD, R Psych and Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC
This training will be offered online.

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Online Registration will close at 12 noon PDT on August 28, 2023

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Intensive (MBCT TTI) is an innovative, empirically validated treatment program designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression and has shown promise in the treatment of mood disorders more generally. Self-knowledge grounded in sustained meditative awareness is its central tenet. Based on the research of Drs. Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale and documented in their book Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, the program integrates tools of cognitive therapy with the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation.

The heart of MBCT lies in acquainting patients with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously inviting them to develop a new relationship to these modes. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. They need not be disputed, fixed or changed but are held in a more spacious awareness, large enough to contain aspects of the self deemed both broken and whole.

Registration will be limited for this intensive workshop/retreat in order to cultivate an intimate, personal and highly interactive training environment. Led by senior therapists, mindfulness teachers Mark Lau, Ph.D. and Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, this training emphasizes the importance of the clinician’s own meditation practice and self-inquiry. Through role-play, simulated classroom and patient-practitioner encounters, it explores the actual application of mindfulness practices in working with clients. The curriculum integrates didactic, experiential and small group learning and includes daily meditations, yoga/mindful movement, and periods of silence. Learn More about the training. 

Tentative Schedule:

Thursday 9/28: Orientation & Welcome Evening. 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
Friday 9/29 and Saturday 9/30: Full day. 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (PDT)

Thursday 10/26: Evening. 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
Friday 10/27 and Saturday 10/28: Full day. 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (PDT)

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September 28-30 & October 26-28, 2023 • Online
Registration $1450
UC San Diego Faculty/ Staff $1250
  1. Continuing education credits for participation in this program are available for an additional fee.
  2. During the registration process, you will be required to fill out an online application form.
  3. Note: CFM requires a minimum of 10 registrants per program. Classes with fewer than 10 registrants will be cancelled and provided a refund. Please be aware of this when making arrangements to attend this program.