In this age of online shopping, you’d be hard-pressed to find something you can’t buy online. Want to boost your party guest list? Rent a celebrity. Not sure how to enjoy a beautiful day in the park? Solution: Fly a giant kite from 1902. Feel the need to make your superhero dreams a reality by running at incredible speeds and jumping over cars? With the click of a button, the gas-cylindered, three-foot tall titanium “powerskip” can be yours. Given all that online shopping has to offer, why not therapy too? And not just YouTube videos of dubious experts with even more dubious advice—what if you could access real, personalized, behavior-changing therapy like mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)? How would you even begin to put something like that online?
1. Find the right expert
The online therapeutic landscape is littered with videos, some by legitimate experts and some...not so much. Either way, something is still missing from this experience. It just doesn’t feel right. In fact, it isn’t technically right at all. And that’s where NogginLabscomes in. We’re experts in building simulations, and that’s exactly what is needed to bring something like MBCT online. However, not just any simulation would work. We made a specific behavioral decision to simulate the therapy instead of re-imagining a new way to present the content. This meant mimicking exactly what would happen in a real-life MBCT session—listening to experts teach concepts and techniques, practicing the exercises, debriefing in a group, self-reflecting. It’s a subtle difference, but it’s the key to the whole experience.
2. Be consistent
Not only do we embrace every element of MBCT, both of our courses—Mindful Mood Balance for Professionals and 3-Minute Breathing Space—follow the mantra of adherence. We know that the most effective therapy happens when a therapist adheres to an approach; deviations tend to mean you are no longer doing the same therapy. Adherence is one of the biggest benefits to bringing something like MBCT online.There’s no variation in technique, no forgetting a step, no room for interpretation—you are listening and doing and reflecting in the right order, at the right time. When it’s online, it’s consistent and adherent.
3. Go offline
We just enumerated the advantages of doing MBCT online, and now we’re saying we want learners to go offline? We’ll admit it: Telling you to leave is...unique for a company whose bread and butter is online learning. But it’s proof of our commitment to stay true to the approach and reflective of our confidence in its effectiveness. We know you’ll be back, and not because we made a compelling virtual world or a flashy, cinematic trailer as featured in many of our other performance-based simulations (though believe us, these elements are effective). After participants have done their homework offline and come back online, we don’t move on and leave them hanging. We ask them to reflect on what happened, and they can then ask questions and receive responses from our experts, Zindel Segal and Sona Dimidjian. This is a key feature of MBCT, and it doesn’t exist in any other online MBCT program.
Simulation, debriefing with experts, going offline—these are just some of the big and small ways in which NogginLabs brings our e-learning expertise to bear, achieves perfection, and stays true to the goals of MBCT.