Mindfulness-integrated CBT Residential Retreat

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One of the major differences between standard Western therapy approaches and Mindfulness-based therapies that require the practice of mindfulness meditation is the involvement of changes in the brain.


Research has reliably shown that the skilled practice of mindfulness meditation produces neuroplasticity in areas of the brain associated with the ability to increase attention and concentration, decrease distractibility, increase self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-control, increase cognitive flexibility and emotion regulation, and increase the capacity to be compassionate  However, there are limited opportunities for professionals to immerse themselves into an intensive residential course that enables the rapid production of neuroplasticity and deepening of mindfulness skills. This course will provide an ideal opportunity for professionals who have already attended training in MiCBT to deepen their meditation skills. It is also an opportunity to learn variations of mindfulness and CBT integration to address complex cases, with an emphasis on addiction and trauma.

This advanced 5-day retreat will involve learning material through various modalities, including guided practice of mindfulness meditation using advanced body-scanning skills, group discussion of complex cases, with a focus on trauma and addiction, and group training in case conceptualisation and MiCBT treatment planning for clients with symptoms of trauma or addiction.

Pre-requisites

Participants must have completed an MiCBT Foundation or Applied Course.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • Advanced skills in mindfulness practice

  • The deepening of self-awareness and experiential acceptance

  • The application of the neurobehavioural theoretical foundation of mindfulness practice

  • The various roles of neuroplasticity in preventing relapse

  • Latest research findings regarding client adherence

  • Methods to engage the client in the treatment plan efficiently

  • Methods for immediate distress reduction

  • The four stages of MiCBT with patients diagnosed with most DSM-V Axis I and Axis II mental health disorders and some health conditions, such as addictions, chronic pain and trauma.

  • Mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies.

Schedule

Day 1 

12:30pm-1:00pm

1:00-2:00 

2:00-3:00 

3:00-4:00 

4:00-4:30

4:30-6:00 

6:00-7:00

7:00-7:30 

7:30-9:30  

Registration

Lunch (non-silent) 

Introduction to the course 

Sitting meditation (with breaks) 

Afternoon break 

Discussion and applied meditation 

Dinner 

Rest (or exercise on your own) 

Sitting meditation (with breaks)  


Day 2 - Day 5

7:00am-8:00am

8:00-9:00

9:00-10:30 

10:30-11:00

11:00-12:30  

12:30pm-1:30pm

1:30-2:00 

2:00-3:30  

3:30-4:00

4:00-6:00 

6:00-7:00

7:00-7:30 

7:30-9:30 

Sitting meditation (with break)

Breakfast 

Master class and clarification of meditation 

Morning break 

Master class, group work, applied meditation 

Lunch and rest (or exercise on your own)

Sitting meditation 

Master class, group work, applied meditation 

Afternoon break 

Master class, group work, applied meditation 

Dinner 

Rest (or exercise on your own) 

Sitting meditation (with breaks) 


Day 6 

7:00am-8:00am  

8:00-9:00

9:00-10:30 

10:30-11:00

11:00-12:30  

12:30pm-1:30pm

 

Sitting, walking and Loving Kindness meditations 

Breakfast

Master class, group work, applied meditation 

Morning break 

Conclusion, future directions (ethics & practice) 

Lunch (non-silent)

              

This  retreat integrates ethical principles of traditional Buddhist retreats. For example, to enhance your personal gain in this course, silence of speech, body and mind (i.e., “Noble silence”) must be kept at all times between 9:30 pm and 9:00 am, as well as during all rest, meal and break periods (with exception of lunch on first and last day). You are welcome to speak to the teacher about private matters in private during breaks. During communication periods (6 hours/day), participants abstain from using offensive or misleading speech and (Buddhist) “right speech” is cultivated. NOTE: “applied meditation” means uninterrupted practice of experiential awareness and equanimity in all activities (e.g., eating, washing, etc.).


Venue

This peaceful, private, waterfront retreat is surrounded by native garden and natural bushland with breathtaking views of Cygnet Bay, Tasmania. Delicious vegetarian meals and special dietary requirements are fully catered for. Fruit and vegetables in season are picked fresh from the organic garden.

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