Three days (2 + 1)


About this course

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is one of the NICE recommended treatments for depression in adults and now has an emerging evidence base for the treatment of anxiety and depression, in adapted form, with children and adolescents (Burke-2009, Greenberg-2012).

Mindfulness/Mindfulness based interventions, such as the Dot B programme, are also used in universal settings with non-clinical populations, such as in schools, to enhance wellbeing and cope with stressful situations such as exams.

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Sussex CAMHS has been delivering MBCT adapted for a clinical population, particularly of adolescents, since 2011 and have accumulated both quantitative and qualitative data to demonstrate both its overall effectiveness. In addition, the service has developed skills and expertise in what adaptions make MBCT most accessible to adolescent clinical populations.

This workshop will use a variety of methods, including teaching, video, experiential practice, role play and discussion, with the aim of sharing this knowledge and experience with course participants, focusing on how to make mindfulness theory and practice accessible to children and young people.

Who is this course suitable for:

This course is particularly aimed at practitioners working with adolescent clinical populations. However, many of the adaptions are also applicable to younger clinical populations, and to young people in non-clinical settings, such as schools.

This course is not suitable for complete beginners to mindfulness. Those teaching the course will assume that those attending have some prior knowledge of mindfulness theory and experience of their own mindfulness practice.  This will enable the course to focus more on adapting the application of mindfulness theory and practice to work with children and adolescents, rather than teaching the basics of mindfulness with adults.

Aims of the course: 

  • Review the adult MBCT model, including some experiential learning and practice
  • Encourage course participants to reflect on the use and principles of Mindfulness Based Interventions and on their own mindfulness practice
  • Enable course participants to understand how the MBCT model has been adapted for adolescents-what works and why-via experiential learning.
  • Use a variety of methods, including teaching, video, experiential practice, role play and discussion, to enable participants to develop creative ways of adapting mindfulness based interventions for use in their own work with children and young people

The course will not equip participants to run formal MBCT groups (c.f. national MBCT Best Practice Guidelines). Rather, it will provide participants with principles and practices they can use as part of their existing work with young people.