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Singing the Blues: Honoring Emotional Experience through Mindfulness-based Treatment of Depression presented by Noga Zerubavel, Ph.D || Slides || printable handouts: 3 slides with notes || 6 slides per page

Noga Zerubavel photo 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015, 12-2 pmat the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  

When: Monday, October 26, 2015, 12-2 pm, with a catered meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

CEUs2 hours

Fees: $35/workshop (includes lunch). Free of Charge to UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office). Free of charge for current UNC SSW students, staff, and faculty. Additional $6 charge for psychologists for Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration: online pre-registration  (You may pre-register up until the day prior to the program.)

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).

Handouts: All handouts for the event will be posted on the top of this event’s page.

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Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe rationale for how mindfulness practice can benefit the treatment of depression.
  2. Understand how mindfulness techniques can foster awareness, and how this awareness serves as a basis for changes informed by a client’s wisdom.
  3. Discuss basic theoretical concepts of a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral framework such as stepping out of auto-pilot, cultivating acceptance, and facilitating cognitive defusion.


Chiesa, A., & Serretti, A. (2011). Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for psychiatric disorders: A systematic review and metaanalysis. Psychiatry Research, 187, 441453.

Keng, S. L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011). Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: A review of empirical studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 1041-56.

Piet, J., & Hougaard, E. (2011). The effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for prevention of relapse in recurrent major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(6), 1032-1040.


Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and refund policies:  No refunds. You may transfer your place to a colleague. Please contact Deborah Barrett, Ph.D., LCSW at or (919) 843-5818 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

How to access UNC wireless: info on connecting to wireless at UNC

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and  may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  2 Contact Hours.  

The program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is offered for hours of category A continuing education credit.

Attendance Policy: – To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session. 

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at or 919-843-5818