Training in MBCT for OCD

There are currently three possible levels of training for licensed mental health professionals who want to receive appropriate training in MBCT for OCD.

1) Two-and-a-half-day Introductory Workshop

The aim of this workshop is to explain the rationale, the agenda and contents of the model and to share several exercises and practices of the program with participants.

A brief outline of this training program includes:

  1. OCD phenomenology, clinical features and etiology;
  2. Rationale and cultural and scientific basis of MBCT for OCD;
  3. Basic tenets and key features of MBCT for OCD;
  4. Session format and structure of MBCT for OCD;
  5. Video examples of MBCT for OCD in group or individual settings;
  6. Exercises with participants.

The curriculum integrates didactic, experiential and small group learning and includes static meditations as well as dynamic meditations (e.g. yoga/mindful movements, mindful walking, etc.).

The content and curriculum of each MBCT for OCD class session is explored, also showing videos of real MBCT for OCD groups, and descriptions of session themes, curricula, and samples of client handouts and transcripts of the practices are provided to attendants.

The workshop is open to mental health professionals who work (or are interested to work) with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and in particular to psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, clinical social workers, and university students in clinical psychology or psychiatry.

Through this workshop participants can learn the basic skills necessary to start to apply MBCT for OCD in individual setting.

Learning Objectives of the Workshop

  • Reaching a clear understanding on how OCD works and the cognitive processes and biases that activate and maintain OCD problems.
  • Explaining the central role of mindfulness meditation in facilitating the processes of decentering, disidentification and mindful exposure, which are pivotal in dealing with obsessive problems.
  • Highlighting the role of acceptance and self-compassion in changing OCD pathological biases and mechanisms.
  • Understanding the rationale as well as the cultural and scientific basis of MBCT for OCD
  • Illustrating the basic tenets and key features of MBCT for OCD as well as the session format and structure of MBCT for OCD
  • Understanding the curriculum and core therapeutic tasks for each of the eleven group sessions of MBCT for OCD program.
  • Understanding the basic relational and therapeutic instructor’s skills and attitudes to lead MBCT for OCD sessions.
  • Helping participants to develop and/or deepen their own mindfulness meditation practice, emphasizing both formal meditative practices and mindfulness as a mode of being in daily life.
  • Providing the basic and introductory skills and perspectives necessary to start to utilize MBCT for OCD in individual setting.

Teaching techniques will include experiential exercises with participants, didactic presentation, video examples of MBCT for OCD in group or individual settings, and hand-outs.

2) 5-day MBCT for OCD Professional Training

This professional development experience allows participants to learn about the MBCT for OCD model and become qualified to implement it with OCD patients in both group and individual settings. This is an in-depth training over five days exploring each of the stages of the 11-session course. There is a strong emphasis on participants getting hands on experience giving presentations and leading guided practices and inquiry for the 11-session course with feedback from the workshop leader. This training goes through the 11-session course in a step by step manner ensuring that participants understand the rationales behind the practices, the way they fit together as a whole, and have experience in actually delivering them.

During this course, participants receive the curriculum and detailed lesson plans of the MBCT for OCD program. The program integrates tools of cognitive therapy with the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation.

This intensive training cultivates an intimate, personal and highly interactive training environment and emphasizes the importance of the clinician’s own meditation practice and self-inquiry. Through role-play, simulated classroom and patient-practitioner encounters, it explores the application of mindfulness practices in working with OCD patients.

The curriculum reviews the fundamentals of the MBCT for OCD program and integrates didactic, experiential and small group learning. It includes daily static and active meditations, and periods of silence.

This intensive workshop (it can be also organized in a retreat format) will be limited to a close number of participants in order to cultivate an intimate, personal and highly interactive training environment. This training emphasizes the importance of the clinician’s own meditation practice and self-inquiry. Through role-play, simulated classroom, videos of MBCT for OCD sessions and patient-practitioner encounters, it explores the actual application of mindfulness practices in working with OCD clients. The curriculum integrates didactic, experiential and small group learning and includes daily meditations, yoga/mindful movement, and periods of silence.

The curriculum explores our ability to clearly experience, in the midst of our everyday lives, the interplay of thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations – and how awareness of these domains accurately informs or distorts our capacity to understand ourselves and work with others.

The content and curriculum of each MBCT for OCD class session is explored in detail, also showing videos of real MBCT for OCD groups, and descriptions of session themes, curricula, and samples of client handouts are provided. (In the retreat format it is required that participants be housed and fed on-site.)

Through this professional training participants become qualified to implement it with OCD patients in both a group and individual settings. 

Workshop Objectives

  • Understanding the cognitive processes and biases that activate and maintain OCD problems.
  • Teach the curriculum and core therapeutic tasks for each of the eleven group sessions of MBCT for OCD.
  • Illuminate the central role of mindfulness meditation practice in facilitating the processes of decentering and defusion and self-regulation of emotions, which are pivotal in dealing with obsessive problems.
  • Highlighting the importance of acceptance and self-compassion in changing OCD pathological biases and mechanisms.
  • Demonstrate and teach experientially the vital importance of the therapist’s ongoing mindfulness meditation practice and sustained mindful awareness within a psychotherapy framework.
  • Help therapists/participants to develop and/or deepen their own mindfulness meditation practice, emphasizing both formal meditative practices and mindfulness as a mode of being in daily life.
  • Introduce and practice the clinical skills and perspectives necessary to facilitate MBCT for OCD groups.
  • Become qualified to apply MBCT for OCD program both in group and individual setting.

3) 5-Day MBCT for OCD Advanced Professional Training

This professional advanced development experience aims to improve and deepen participants’ knowledge and understanding of the MBCT for OCD model and become qualified to implement it with OCD patients in both a group and individual settings.

This training intensive includes both large and small group learning and most of the static and active meditation practices of MBCT for OCD program.

This training shows and deepens the actual application of mindfulness practices in working with individuals affected by OCD. The curriculum reviews the fundamentals of the MBCT for OCD program and integrates didactic and experiential teaching modules. The training program emphasizes the importance of the clinician’s own meditation practice and self-inquiry in order to provide an effective mindfulness-based treatment for OCD.

The theme, rationale, intention and practice skills for each of the eleven MBCT for OCD class session are explored over five days, also showing and discussing several videos of real MBCT for OCD groups, and descriptions of session themes, curricula and samples of client handouts are provided.

There is strong focus on participants getting ‘hands on’ experience giving presentations and leading guided practices and inquiry for each of the stages of the 11-session course with simulated classroom, feedback and personal supervision from the training leader.

The rationale behind this training is to go through the 11-session course in a step by step manner ensuring that participants understand the rationales behind the practices and the way they fit together as a whole, and have experience in actually delivering them.

It is for those who want to improve their ability to conduct the program and be trained in working with severe OCD patients and managing difficult situations. Participants receive supervision and see more videos of real groups.

This in-depth training is preferably for people who already attended the 5-day Professional Training in MBCT for OCD, but it is also open to mental health professionals who attended a 5-day (or more) professional training in MBCT or MBSR. It is also particularly helpful for mental health professionals who have already run MBCT for OCD programs (or possibly MBCT for Depression), in a group or individual setting, and who want to improve their abilities to conduct the program and to be trained in working with severe OCD patients and managing difficult situations and obstacles.

Workshop Objectives

  • Deepen the understanding of the cognitive processes and biases that activate and maintain OCD problems.
  • Strengthen an embodied mindful presence, mindful inquiry, and examines the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills for each of the eleven MBCT for OCD sessions.
  • Improve and deepen the clinical skills and perspectives necessary to facilitate MBCT for OCD groups.
  • Analyze and discuss the difficulties and obstacles instructor can meet during the sessions working with OCD patients
  • Understand how to use MBCT for OCD in inpatient treatment
  • Understand how to provide MBCT for OCD in individual setting
  • Provide guidelines to work with severe clinical cases
  • Discussion of videos from real MBCT for OCD sessions guided by the training leader
  • Provide information and discussion on how to improve the style of instructor in guiding exercises and in the inquiry phase,
  • Discussion and supervision of videos of group sessions from participants (if provided)
  • Share several exercises and practices from the program.
  • Understand and improve the therapeutic relationship skills in working with OCD patients
  • Identify the components and characteristics of the delivery and practice of inquiry
  • Provide personal supervision to participants from the training leader

Teaching techniques will include experiential exercises with participants, didactic presentation, video examples of MBCT for OCD in group or individual settings, and hand-outs.

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