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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Masterclass Workshop with Zindel Segal, PhD


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a group intervention based on an integration of CBT for depression and mindfulness meditation practices. It is designed to provide relief from “dysphoria-activated depressogenic thinking” that may provoke a relapse in formerly depressed patients.

MBCT allows patients, therapists and learners to develop the capacity for self-observation by using a sustained meditative practice and through a “decentered” perspective of thoughts and feelings in which their experiences are viewed as passing events of the mind. Patients may increase self-awareness for early detection of relapse-related patterns of negative thinking, emotions, and body sensations. In the later stages, treatment formulation for specific relapse/recurrence prevention strategies are also considered and included.

In this masterclass, therapists and learners will be introduced to essential MBCT tenets, including experiential learning and development of an open and acceptant response mode in which one intentionally faces behavioural difficulties and possible associated discomfort.

*This Masterclass is in collaboration with The Hospital for Sick Children and A Mindful Society

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the rationale for the integration of psychotherapeutic and contemplative elements in MBCT.
  • Identifying core therapeutic tasks that accompany each of the group sessions by reviewing the 8-week MBCT structure.
  • Practicing three forms of mindfulness training utilized in MBCT.
  • Discussing how a therapist’s personal mindfulness practice can support patient’s “nascent emotion regulation” throughout MBCT.


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Date & Time

September 14, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4

Presenter Bio

Zindel Segal, PhD, is a Professor, Author, and Internationally recognized expert in Mindfulness. 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. His early work helped to characterize psychological markers of relapse vulnerability in affective disorder, especially the link between affective and self-devaluation components of dysphoria. More recently, he and his colleagues have pioneered the combined use of Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Therapy as an effective relapse prevention treatment. Patients who practice Mindfulness develop metacognitive awareness of their emotions which, in turn, reduces their reactivity to negative affect. Dr. Segal’s publications include Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, and The Mindful Way Through Depression, a patient guide that outlines this approach. Dr. Segal’s research focuses on psychotherapy, and more specifically, mood disorders, with an interest in both the clinical and cognitive aspects of such disorders. MBCT teaches patients to become aware of their own beliefs without responding to them affectively. Dr. Segal is also a highly skilled cognitive therapist, and one of the leading investigators of the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying its therapeutic effects.

Continuing Education Credits

American Psychological Association (APA) 6 CE Credits

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) 6 CE Credits

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) 6 CE Credits

Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) 7 CE Credits

Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) 6 CE Credits

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) *please click here for more.

*A Mindful Society events are accessible for both non-professionals and professionals. For more please information click here to view our Continuing Education and Professional Development Programs page.


Details at a Glance

Date & Time

September 14, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4


For all general questions or inquiries, please contact us via email at info@amindfulsociety.org

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Cancellation Policy

Workshop tickets cancelled before August 15th, 2018 will receive a refund less 50% of your registration price.

After August 15th, 2018, all tickets are non-refundable. In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled, we will refund all tickets. We will not, however, be able to refund flight, hotel, or other purchases people may make.

All listed speakers are confirmed – however, sometimes life events such as sickness or death in the family prevent them from making it at the last minute.

Purchase of a workshop ticket indicates that you have read and agree to comply with this cancellation policy. This policy is subject to change; all registered attendees will be notified of any changes.

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