Description: Mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based practice that combines cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes. At the heart of this work is becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders and developing a new relationship to them. This work is based on the ability of mindfulness to cultivate self-awareness, attentional control, and emotion regulation, as well as qualities of acceptance, compassion, and cognitive flexibility.
In this workshop, Noga Zerubavel will provide guidance on how to integrate a mindfulness approach to depression into one’s current psychotherapeutic practice. Participants will gain skills in helping clients to use mindfulness to identify habitual patterns, evaluate whether these patterns are adaptive or maladaptive, and recognize choice points in their daily lives for decisions that can be informed by self-awareness and wisdom. Dr. Zerubavel will also review evidence for a mindfulness-based CBT treatment of depression, and situate this approach within related traditions.
Trainer: Noga Zerubavel, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Zerubavel and Dr. Clive Robins recently established the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program at Duke University Medical Center. She has been practicing meditation for twenty years and completed professional training for MBCT with Dr. Zindel Segal, a developer of MBCT. Dr. Zerubavel specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral approaches to psychotherapy in individual and group formats, including MBCT and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). She has conducted numerous professional trainings on mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy to various audiences of mental health professionals. She has also developed a mindfulness training curriculum for an inpatient dual diagnosis program at a state hospital and educates and supervises psychiatry residents and psychology graduate students in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. She specializes in the treatment of trauma-related disorders (e.g., PTSD, dissociative disorders, and borderline personality disorder).
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