Thanks for taking a few moments to visit the MindfulNoggin Blog, a space for sharing ideas, reactions, and insights on how best to support the integrity of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and other mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). Our guiding philosophy is that good training and dedicated personal practice are necessary to deliver the highest quality MBCT. What’s less obvious are which types of training, how much practice, and which competence thresholds best support MBCT and the larger field of mindfulness-based interventions. These are the questions that keep us up at night and that we plan to explore on this blog. In fact, it was these very questions that led us to develop the MindfulNoggin training programs.
At the end of in-person intensive MBCT trainings, we noticed that participants wanted to know how to carry all that they learned back into their daily lives or work settings. This was usually voiced towards the end of the end of the trainings as "What comes next?" or "How can I support my learning?" No doubt some of these questions arise from a very natural apprehension about returning to solo practice after days of instructed group learning and returning to the hustle and bustle of daily life after engaging deeply in the practices of MBCT in a retreat setting. At the same time, they expressed a desire for further guidance and community to support the integration of the new skills and practices acquired. It was clear to us that a critical training gap was present, but we weren’t sure how to address it.
The issue resurfaced in an interesting way, during our collaboration to develop an online version of MBCT. We evaluated this digital version of MBCT, called Mindful Mood Balance, in a quasi-experimental open trial with 100 recovered depressed patients at Kaiser-Permanente Colorado and got promising results. As we developed Mindful Mood Balance, we began to realize that this very program also provided a way to respond to the “what comes next” questions frequently raised at in person MBCT and MBI trainings.
Although Mindful Mood Balance was built to teach patients some of the core skills of MBCT, we realized that it also provided a vehicle for clinicians to engage in one of the core training experiences required to do MBCT: the experience of participating in an MBCT group. Doing so allows clinicians to get the “feel” of the MBCT curriculum as it unfolds over time and to benefit from the structure of an 8-week program in supporting their own practice of the core elements of MBCT.
With this framework in mind, we built MMBPro as a program that is designed specifically for professional clinicians to learn through their own direct experience the MBCT curriculum. Although MMBPro is not intended to replace in-person training, it does provide an important option in the array of treatment/training resources, with distinct advantages of being able to learn from one’s home and on one’s own schedule, the full arc of the MBCT curriculum and its core practices.
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- Zindel Segal, Ph.D., Sona Dimidjiam, Ph.D., and Brian Knudson