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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: What every clinician should know

Willem Kuyken

13 Jun 2023


Depression will affect over 1 billion of the world’s population at some point in their lifetime, and we need a range of approaches to treatment and prevention. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy was developed to support people with a history of depression learn skills to recover and stay well. In over twenty years an enormous amount of progress has been made in MBCT research, practice, and implementation. This webinar will overview this progress and show how MBCT alongside other approaches can move us towards a vision of the world without the devastating effects of depression.

The event will be equivalent to 1.1/2hrs of CPD.


This workshop will:
Outline why mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) (Segal et al., 2013) is an important psychological approach for depression, and how it sits alongside other evidence-based treatments.
What is mindfulness? What is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?
The theoretical premise for MBCT (Feldman & Kuyken, 2019), and the latest research on mechanisms of change.
The evidence on MBCT’s effectiveness (Kuyken et al., 2016), cost-effectiveness and implementation (Rycroft-Malone et al., 2019).
The value of mindfulness practice for therapists, managers and others associated with the health care system (Strauss et al., 2021).

Learning Objectives

You will learn:
• What is mindfulness and MBCT and just as importantly, what are they not.
• The main evidence base, in terms of theory, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness
• How it is being implemented in health care systems
• How mindfulness practice can support you.

Training Modalities

Teaching, dialogue, and mindfulness practices and exercises. A resource pack will be made available to all delegates.

Key References

Feldman, C., & Kuyken, W. (2019). Mindfulness: Ancient wisdom meets modern psychology. Guilford.
Kuyken, W., Warren, F. C., Taylor, R. S., Whalley, B., Crane, C., Bondolfi, G., . . . Dalgleish, T. (2016). Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in Prevention of Depressive Relapse An Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis From Randomized Trials [Article]. Jama Psychiatry, 73(6), 565-574.
Rycroft-Malone, J., Gradinger, F., Griffiths, H. O., Anderson, R., Crane, R. S., Gibson, A., . . . Kuyken, W. (2019). 'Mind the gaps': the accessibility and implementation of an effective depression relapse prevention programme in UK NHS services: learning from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy through a mixed-methods study. Bmj Open, 9(9), Article e026244.
Segal, Z. V., Williams, J. M. G., & Teasdale, J. D. (2013). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression. (Second edition ed.). Guilford Press.
Strauss, C., Gu, J., Montero-Marin, J., Whittington, A., Chapman, C., & Kuyken, W. (2021). Reducing stress and promoting well-being in healthcare workers using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for life. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 21(2), Article 100227.

About the presenter

Willem Kuyken is the Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His work has focused on depression across the translational pathway from theory, through treatment and implementation. His research examines how cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based programs can prevent depression, promote mental health, and enhance well-being across the lifespan. Dr. Kuyken has published more than 150 journal articles. He was named by Web of Science as in the top 1% of the most cited scientists in the world in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Together with Christina Feldman, he wrote Mindfulness – Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, published in 2019 and with Christine Padesky and Rob Dudley Collaborative Case Conceptualization in 2009. He is currently writing a mindfulness for life workbook and teacher manual to be published in 2023 and 2024 respectively, also with Guilford Press.

Who should attend

For CBT therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, allied mental health professionals, graduate students, medical students.

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This FREE conference is for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners working in Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression services and is brought to you by Bespoke Mental Health in collaboration with the NHS England Talking Therapies National PWP Leads Network

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