MBCT Basics

MindSpace is hosting Dr. Zindel Segal and Dr. Patricia Rockman for a 2-day training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on May 4-5, 2017. This training is the inaugural event of a collaboration with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies to bring MBCT and MBSR teacher certification programs to Montreal.


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MBCT combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This innovative 2-day workshop is designed to teach health-care providers how to adapt this treatment for personal and clinical use. Participants will explore the habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood, and develop new ways of relating to them. The training will also introduce the theoretical assumptions underlying the MBCT model and the applications for MBCT in clinical settings.




  • Experience the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while also exploring its clinical applications
  • Learn mindfulness-based interventions applicable for negative moods, stress, and anxiety
  • Increase personal resilience by integrating mindfulness-based cognitive strategies into personal and professional life
  • Learn introductory MBCT practices for addressing depression and anxiety


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* Members of the Quebec Order of Psychologists will be eligible for 14 hours of continuing education credits. This course has been accredited for 13.5 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.


Who Should Attend

Clinicians working with mental health such as

  • psychologists
  • physicians
  • social workers
  • occupational therapists
  • registered psychotherapists
  • nurses and nurse practitioners
  • naturopathic physicians

interested in learning MBCT for personal and professional resilience will benefit from this workshop, as will other kinds of health professionals who wish to learn the clinical applications of this modality. This training is the first module of the Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.


More on MBCT

Developed by Segal, Williams, and Teasdale, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is traditionally offered as an 8-week workshop for people who struggle with repeated mood and anxiety problems. MBCT is an adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and offers a unique opportunity to restore well-being and prevent future episodes of anxiety and depression. It integrates traditional cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) strategies with mindfulness meditation to help people develop a new and more skillful relationship to the thoughts and feelings that trigger anxiety and depression.

In contrast to MBSR–a general program designed to reduce stress via mindfulness practice–MBCT specifically targets relapse prevention for mood and anxiety disorders. Through a variety of mindfulness meditations, informal mindfulness practices, and cognitive-behavioural strategies, the MBCT program helps individuals approach moment-to-moment experience skilfully, take pleasure in small everyday joys, and cope more effectively with challenges. MBCT participants learn to decrease rumination and to catch early symptoms of mood and anxiety episodes before they set in.

Research has shown that MBCT reduces rates of relapse by 50% among individuals who suffer from recurrent depression. If you work with individuals suffering from anxiety or depression, or if you’re a healthcare professional struggling to maintain balance in your busy practice, this workshop is for you!


More on Dr. Segal and Dr. Rockman

Dr. Zindel Segal is a distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto and a senior scientist in the Campbell Family Research Institute at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He has studied and published widely on psychological treatments for depression for more than 25 years, especially the nature of psychological prophylaxis for this recurrent and disabling disorder. Dr. Segal pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation for promoting wellness in mood disorders. Dr. Segal’s publications include Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, and The Mindful Way Through Depression.

Dr. Patricia Rockman is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross-appointed to psychiatry. She is a medical psychotherapist and leads Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) groups. She has been educating healthcare providers in stress reduction, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based practices for over 20 years. She is a founder and the Director of Education and Clinical Services at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and the developer of the MBCT Core Facilitation Certificate Program.


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