The C in MBCT

Masterclass details

Course Leader

Melanie Fennell

How long is the Masterclass?

One Day 9.30am - 4.30pm

Who is the Masterclass for?

Teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT

Where is the Masterclass?

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road Oxford OX2 6LE

How many people on this Masterclass?

Up to 40

How much does this Masterclass cost?

£110 - Lunch is not included

Available masterclasses:

10th Dec 2018

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What is the Masterclass about?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) represents an integration between two very different traditions: the eastern tradition of insight meditation, founded in Buddhism, and the more recent western tradition of cognitive and clinical science. In order to become MBCT teachers, we need to understand, appreciate and respect the contributions of both traditions.
This workshop invites participants to explore the “C” side of MBCT. What exactly is the cognitive understanding of human distress that underlies both cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and MBCT? What are the intentions of the two approaches? What are the differences between CBT and MBCT? And what do they have in common?

The workshop will be both interactive and experiential. It will offer opportunities for participants to explore, both through experience and through discussion, how the integration of a cognitive conceptual framework with intensive training in mindfulness meditation helps participants in MBCT classes to respond kindly and wisely to distress, and how it addresses key processes that create vulnerability to depression and contribute to the persistence of low mood.

Who is it for?

You are eligible for this training day if:

• You are actively working on the OMC’s MBCT teacher training pathway and have completed any of the modules, for example: an MBCT course as a participant, a silent retreat, or training days devoted to practice teaching in pairs or groups.

• You are a mindfulness teacher who is already teaching mindfulness-based interventions and you wish to increase your knowledge of these topics.

Who is Melanie Fennell?

Dr Melanie Fennell was a pioneer of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK. As a research clinician in the Oxford University Dept of Psychiatry, she contributed to developing and evaluating cognitive behavioural treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. Between 2003 and 2013 she worked with Professor Mark Williams, helping to develop MBCT for people suffering recurrent depression who are also recurrently suicidal. As a founding fellow of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, she developed the Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, the Oxford Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies, and (with Professor Williams) the Oxford MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She has extensive experience of teaching, training and supervising CBT and MBCT, both in the UK and abroad. She is now an associate trainer for both the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Her book “Overcoming low self-esteem” (Robinson 2016) has become a classic of self-help literature, recommended by the UK’s “Reading Well for Mental Health” scheme, sponsored by the Wellcome Foundation. In July 2002, she was voted “Most Influential Female UK Cognitive Therapist” by the membership of the BABCP, and in 2013 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Association.