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. Pamela Jacobsen was one of the bursary holders.
Pamela Jacobsen is a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at King’s College London. Her research interests are psychological models and therapies of psychosis, acute psychiatric inpatient care and mindfulness-based therapies.
“I remember ending the week feeling very energised and inspired”
What did you get out of your attendance at the Summer School?
I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the 2016 Summer School. I remember unexpectedly running into a friend and fellow mindfulness teacher on the way there on day 1, and this set the tone for the coming week, in terms of meeting old friends and making new connections. I found the programme to be very well balanced over the course of the week. There was a good mix between practice, clinical and research issues, and also a very welcome opportunity for a whole day of practice mid-week. The “World Café” format on the last day was a particular highlight for me and I remember ending the week feeling very energised and inspired.
What research/work are you currently undertaking in MBCT or related fields?
I am currently undertaking a NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN) at King’s College London. My project is a feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a brief Mindfulness-Based Crisis Intervention for patients with psychotic symptoms on acute inpatient wards. My idea for the project was very much based on the challenges and opportunities I encountered from my own experience of being an inpatient psychologist, and my growing interest in applying mindfulness to psychosis. There are relatively few studies of brief interventions for acute inpatient settings in general, and especially so for mindfulness-based approaches. I hope that my current fellowship will lay the groundwork for future efficacy studies of such approaches.
How did it help with your career / professional development?
I am currently in the final stages of my current inpatient trial, and I’m very excited for where I can take this work in future. The opportunity to connect with a wider network of mindfulness practitioners and researchers through the OMC Summer School was a really valuable experience.
For information on our bursary scheme for the Summer School in 2017, click here.