Summer School 2016

Monday 22 August 2016

Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale: A day of talks, dialogue and discussion with the developers of MBCT, together for the first time in ten years

The first day brings together for the first time in over ten years the three developers of MBCT, Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy was published 14 years ago and the first trial published 16 years ago – since then an exponential interest and body of work has emerged. The Summer School is an unprecedented opportunity to hear Mark, John and Zindel’s latest thinking and their perspective on where MBCT is headed in the long view. There will be talks from John, Mark and Zindel on Understanding mindfulness and awakening and the Promises and pitfalls of increasing MBCT’s public health significance. Finally there will be opportunities for dialogue and discussion in a session chaired by Becca Crane.

Tuesday 23 August 2016

From ancient wisdom …

Chris Cullen and Mark Williams: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Early Buddhist Psychology

MBCT has been described as a creative marriage of clinical cognitive science and the 2500 year-old tradition of Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation (Fennell & Segal, 2011). This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on some of the distinctively Buddhist contributions to this partnership, and on how an understanding of aspects of Early Buddhist psychology and practice can inform and enrich the experience of teaching and researching MBCT.

Mark Williams and Chris Cullen : Silence and mindfulness in the Western Judeo-Christian tradition

The West (sometimes called the ‘secular West’) has greeted the arrival of mindfulness with an enthusiasm that has often been in danger of running ahead of the evidence. This lecture and discussion will address  the extent to which this enthusiasm is a reaction to disillusionment with contemporary religious expression, with its connotations of violence, oppression and abuse. The Judeo-Christian tradition has been ambivalent or even hostile to silence, and the wordiness of its worship seems to many to be a barrier to spirituality rather than a path to liberation. Can the contemporary mindfulness movement be seen as a mainstream form of monasticism? If so, what can we learn from other similar movements to ensure that the transformative potential of mindfulness is not lost.

Lunchtime Interest Sessions:

Tessa Watt & Chris Tamdjidi: Mindfulness in the workplace

Mindfulness in organisational settings offers tremendous potential  both for individual wellbeing and for transformation of workplace cultures.  This informal discussion will be a chance for us to reflect together on the current state of the field, including research outcomes, case studies, and the challenges specific to workplace mindfulness.

Chris Cullen: MBCT and Buddhism

This session will provide a further opportunity to discuss, comment and ask questions about the relationship between MBCT and insights and practices from the Buddhist tradition.

Wednesday 24 August 2016

…to contemporary science and practice

Ruth Baer, Catherine Crane and Willem Kuyken: An overview of MBCT research

This session will provide an opportunity to hear about the latest research on some fundamental issues in mindfulness and MBCT. The session structure will provide opportunities for learning, dialogue and reflection. Themes will include: What is mindfulness? How can we best measure mindfulness in research and practice? The why and how of mindfulness research Is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy effective? Cost-effective? Implementable? What are the key messages for mindfulness teachers in the research? What fundamental issues does the field need to address going forwards? 

Rebecca Crane and Willem Kuyken: Making the path by walking it – The Integrity of MBCT – safeguarding and cultivating the field

This session will take a look at where we are now in the field of mindfulness-based programmes and the building blocks to building integrity. What do we currently know about the effectiveness of teacher training processes and teaching competency? How effective are the current approaches to governance in supporting integrity? What is needed to enable implementation of MBPs within an organisation? What does the wider field need in the next ten years to support sustainable development? The session will include some video of MBCT to see how all these strands come together in huge body of unseen work of MBCT teachers teaching around the world. We will finish with a session on embodied ethics, in which delegates will be invited to consider how we can together make the path by walking it.

Lunchtime Interest Sessions:

Liz Lord: Mindfulness in School Settings

This lunchtime session will be an opportunity to hear about how mindfulness can be implemented into a school setting. It will also give details of our latest research project, MYRIAD, which is looking at whether Mindfulness training in adolescence, delivered in school as part of the normal curriculum, has the potential to shift the population away from psychological problems by addressing key processes of mental regulation that operate across the spectrum from risk to resilience.

Ruth Baer: Research Clinic

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to the assessment of mindfulness and related variables in research or clinical settings.

Thursday 25 August 2016

A day of silence and mindfulness practice led by Mark Williams and Chris Cullen

This contemplative day will be held in an ethos of silence and will include a range of practices related to MBCT. The intention will be to nourish, support and deepen the personal mindfulness practice of all those attending.

Friday 26 August 2016

Mindfulness and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: Where to next?

In the morning, the panel and delegates will discuss the key themes and questions raised over the course of the week, in a workshop styled event called a World Café. In the afternoon, the speaker panel will respond to some of the open questions. Lastly, Mark Williams and Willem Kuyken will take the stage to frame the experiences of the week and draw our Summer School to an end.