Introduction to MBCT in Manchester

An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
In association with Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Presented by Dr. Thorsten Barnhofer
Wednesday 20th March 2013

Venue: Premier Inn, Watersreach,Trafford Park, MANCHESTER. M17 1WS
Cost: £99.60 includes a light finger buffet lunch and tea/coffee.

Book at: The Manchester CBT Centre website

Dr Thorsten Barnhofer worked in Prof Mark Williams’ group at the Oxford Department of Psychiatry for eight years, during which time he was involved in research on the effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in suicidal and chronic depression as a clinician, mindfulness teacher, and researcher. He is now a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, where the main focus of his research is on the investigation of cognitive and neurophysiological factors underlying the persistence of affective disorders and their modification using mindfulness-based interventions. He teaches MBCT workshops and retreats for mental health professionals, and is a licensed CBT-therapist and yoga teacher. Thorsten is also an Associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre


…an integrative, mind-body based training that enables people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. Mindfulness pays attention to thoughts, feelings and body sensations to become directly aware of them, and better able to manage them; has deep roots in ancient meditation practices and also draws on recent scientific advances is of potential value to everybody to help find peace in a frantic world.

Neuroscientific studies find…

  • changes in those areas of the brain associated with decision-making, attention and empathy in people who regularly practice Mindfulness meditation;
  • that meditation increases the area of the brain linked to regulating emotion, and that it improves people’s attention, job performance, productivity and satisfaction;
  • that meditation increases blood flow, reduces blood pressure, and protects people at risk of developing hypertension: it also reduces the risk and severity of cardiovascular disease, and the risk of dying from it.

People who have learned mindfulness…

  • experience long-lasting physical and psychological stress reduction
  • discover positive changes in well-being;
  • are less likely to get stuck in depression and exhaustion, and are better able to control addictive behaviour.

This one-day workshop will:

  • Provide an understanding of the cognitive vulnerabilities underlying recurrent depression and the ways in which the mindfulness approach responds to these
  • Offer an opportunity to experience, and thereby gain a ‘first-hand’ understanding of the key practices of MBCT
  • Summarize current research evidence on the use of MBCT in people with recurrent depression, and outline the pathways of teacher training

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the psychological processes underlying relapse in recurrent depression and the rationale of MBCT
  • To understand the link between clinical theory and the practice of mindfulness
  • To gain an understanding of the practices of MBCT through experience
  • To gain an appreciation of the stages involved in training to become a MBCT instructor