Helping clients with difficult situations can be hard.
The 3-Minute Breathing Space can make it easier.


Give your clients some breathing space.

To support your clients in the use of mindfulness practice, you need to cultivate your own personal practice and develop effective ways of guiding your clients' learning. This 4-week online course will equip you with the skills to incorporate a core practice of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy into your clinical work. You'll be guided in learning and teaching the 3-Minute Breathing Space every step along the way by experts Dr. Zindel Segal and Dr. Sona Dimidjian.


Enhance your clinical practice by learning 3-Minute Breathing Space.



Learn the 3-Minute Breathing Space in the context of your life and in work with clients.



Help your clients live with greater freedom even during difficult moments.



Get your questions answered and view demonstrations by experts.



Connect with a community of therapists like you.



This online course will teach you how to:


Build your own personal 3-Minute Breathing Space practice


Confidently lead clients through a 3-Minute Breathing Space practice


Help your clients establish a regular 3-Minute Breathing Space practice and rely on it during difficult moments


Create your own audio recordings to support your clients’ daily practice


Effectively inquire about your clients’ experiences with the 3-Minute Breathing Space


Successfully address your clients’ questions and challenges


Your breath is always available,
no matter where you are.

The 3-Minute Breathing Space is a unique mindfulness practice that encourages open exploration of moment-to-moment experience. A simple—yet powerful—practice, 3-Minute Breathing Space can be used to help clients across many contexts.

3-Minute Breathing Space is an essential tool for delivering effective Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and supporting clients who are seeking ways to work with difficult emotions and live fully in each moment. Our online course will teach you to guide the 3-Minute Breathing Space. You'll learn to use it in your own life first, and then extend it to your clinical practice to help your clients breath a little easier.

See what experts in the field are saying:

Teaches a brief skill but one that has the potential to be life-changing, both for the therapist and his/her clients and trainees.
A wonderful form of transmission. I think it will be a great innovation.
Congratulations on the innovative nature of this work and stretching the envelope of creativity in connecting therapists with one skillful element of MBCT practice.
Groundbreaking in design and invaluable in content. It guides clinicians in their personal use of the 3-Minute Breathing Space, and then offers a comprehensive and accessible training in how to introduce this powerful mindfulness-based strategy to clients.
A richer and more effective approach than simply reading about it in a book . . . for those of us who think we ‘know’ the practice, it is a great benchmark to prevent the ‘drift’ that inevitably happens as we put the practice to daily use.
Exceptionally clear and visually interesting, and I very much appreciated the attention to customizing this for each particular client.

System Requirements

Media Used

  • Flash animation

  • Streaming video

  • Interactive modules

  • Audio recordings


Minimum System Requirements

  • 1GB RAM

  • 512kb connection speed or higher

  • Flash 10.1+ (to download:

  • Soundcard recommended

  • Screen resolution of 1024x768 recommended

  • Please note that this course is not Section 508 compliant


Microsoft Windows Users

  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8

  • Internet Explorer 9 (or higher), modern versions of Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome


Macintosh Users

  • Mac OS X 10.8+

  • Modern versions of Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome

Continuing Education Accreditation Information

The Institute for Better Health (IBH), formerly IAHB, has been approved as a provider of continuing education and continuing medical education by the organizations listed below. IBH as the approved sponsor maintains responsibility for the enduring material educational activity offered and for following the standards and regulations for the organizations listed above (except where otherwise noted).

COUNSELORS & MFTs: IBH is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (License # 168-000119).  IBH has been approved by the State of Texas Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners to provide continuing education activities. Provider # 154. Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior, Inc. (IAHB) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0063. Counselors may earn 6 contact hours. 

This activity consists of 6 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations listed here. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.

EDUCATORS: IBH has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim one Clock Hour for each activity hour attended. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements. 

NURSES:  The for Better Health accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, BRN (Provider CEP#2672), for 6.00 contact hours.

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through a sponsorship of IBH. IBH is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. IBH designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: IBH is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IAHB maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

SOCIAL WORKERS: IBH SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0091. This course is approved for 6.00 contact hours.  As an approved continuing education provider for the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, IBH offers continuing education for Texas licensed social workers in compliance with the rules of the board. License No. 3876; Mail Code 1982, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714, (512) 719-3521. Institute for Better Health (IBH), #1426, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 3/16/2017 – 3/16/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.00 clinical continuing education clock hours..

PLEASE NOTE: Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations.  If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: This advanced workshop includes descriptions, videotapes, audiotapes, and/or reenactments of actual therapy sessions. Some of the case material may contain graphic descriptions of violence, sexual activity, or other content which could be disturbing, especially to participant who themselves have had similar experiences. The workshop is intended for healthy professionals and advanced students, who participate in at their own risk. If you find portions of the program upsetting, or if you need assistance for any other reason, please notify the instructor or program coordinator.


Web-based Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for reducing residual depressive symptoms: An open trial and quasi-experimental comparison to propensity score matched controls.
Dimidjian S, Beck A, Felder JN, Boggs JM, Gallop R, Segal ZV.
Behav Res Ther. 2014 Dec;63:83-9.

Web-based intervention in mindfulness meditation for reducing residual depressive symptoms and relapse prophylaxis: a qualitative study.
Boggs JM, Beck A, Felder JN, Dimidjian S, Metcalf CA, Segal ZV.
J Med Internet Res.

JAMA Psychiatry. 2016 Jun 1;73(6):565-74. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.0076.

Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in Prevention of Depressive Relapse: An Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis From Randomized Trials.

Kuyken W, Warren FC, Taylor RS, Whalley B, Crane C, Bondolfi G, Hayes R, Huijbers M, Ma H, Schweizer S, Segal Z, Speckens A, Teasdale JD, Van Heeringen K, Williams M, Byford S, Byng R, Dalgleish T.