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Keys to Measuring Patient Progress during Mindfulness-integrated CBT

This Novopsych-sponsored webinar will introduce mental health clinicians and mindfulness researchers on two validated measures of mindfulness. By the end of this webinar participants will understand the nature of mindfulness, how to measure progress in mindfulness-integrated CBT, the central mechanisms of its practice, and the expected daily changes in our clients from its effects on brain functionality.

Webinar Summary
Mindfulness training requires paying objective attention, sustained in our experience of the present moment, in a way that is non-reactive and unbiased by personal views and values. The skills tend to transfer naturally from formal meditative practice into daily life, where the benefits permeate our day-to-day experiences. However, most existing questionnaires attempt to measure mindfulness skills themselves, which is prone to biases for people inexperienced in mindfulness practices. For instance, what scores should we expect when asking a person who has very low self-awareness how mindful they are? Another limitation relates to predictive validity in clinical practice. More often than not, items measure attention rather than mindfulness and are peripheral to the meaningful outcomes that clinicians are trying to measure. For example, “I snack without being aware that I’m eating” (from the MAAS) may not be relevant to our clinical work.

Two short self-report questionnaires were developed to overcome these limitations, the Mindfulness-based Self-Efficacy Scale (MSES-R) and the Equanimity Scale 16 (ES-16)

The MSES-R measures the meaningful effects of having integrated mindfulness in daily life by assessing how individuals are able to cope with common life stressors across 6 subscales. The ES-16 measures equanimity, which is an even-minded mental state that prevents reactivity (craving and aversion) and fosters the ability to accept change in one’s experience.

Date and time: Friday 12th August, 1pm AEST
Format: 1 hour Zoom presentation (recording available to registrants) 
Presenter: Dr Bruno Cayoun
Cost: Free

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