We provided 5 places at the OMC Summer School 2016 to MBCT researchers. Bursary places were open to early career researchers with no more than 5 years postdoctoral experience who were conducting research into Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy or related interventions. Tanya Lecchi was one of the bursary holders.
“I had the chance to connect with a community of mindfulness practitioners and researchers, thus starting a network to share experiences and ideas”
Tanya Lecchi is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Counselling at The University of Northampton.
What did you get out of your attendance at the summer school?
I had the chance to connect with a community of mindfulness practitioners and researchers, thus starting a network to share experiences and ideas. I could reflect deeply on the core aspects of MBCT and mindfulness-based interventions, discussing new developments and applications, like online protocols for example. I appreciated the balance between practices, talks and discussions, which enabled me to refine my understanding of some core elements, while attending the presentation of the very latest research findings.
What research/work are you currently undertaking in MBCT or related fields?
I have just discussed my PhD thesis, which aimed to investigate the relation between meaning-making, mindfulness skills, and children’s wellbeing. In particular, I have tested the possibility to measure mindfulness skills through the use of an App, the Mindfulness Experience Sampling for Children, and I have explored mindfulness skills in a group of maltreated youths. These results informed the rationale for a mindfulness-based intervention for maltreated children and adolescents in residential care (Mindfulness-Based Youth Resilience, MBYR), which in the pilot study significantly reduced traumatic symptoms while enhancing mindfulness skills and more general competencies. I am currently evaluating the efficacy of this protocol in another group of children, and planning a randomized controlled trial on a mindfulness-based intervention for psychosis. Finally, I am particularly interested in Insight Dialogue and I am studying the impact of this practice on clinical psychology trainees.
How did it help with your career / professional development?
I would really like to thank the OMC for offering me this exciting opportunity. I felt privileged to participate to this intense Summer School, which inspired me in many ways, not only highlighting scientific issues and dilemmas, but also orienting my attention to other aspects of my meditation practice, that I am still cultivating. Finally, I have met wonderful people, with whom I share the same ethos. Thank you again.
For information on our 2017 Summer School, click here.