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MiCBT Institute
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Much has been said about the potential “adverse effects” of mindfulness and the importance of using a trauma-informed mindfulness approach. However, the reasons for unpleasant experiences are often poorly understood and the bulk of the literature does not address the mechanisms underlying these effects. Similarly, there is virtually no explanation of the mechanisms underlying the very pleasurable experiences we typically encounter after several weeks of MiCBT or several days in a retreat context. Clinicians who are not trained in Buddhist psychology (Abhidhamma), or have learned about these mechanisms through a Vipassana or MiCBT retreat, may easily catastrophise undesired effects or get overly optimistic about blissful ones. This tends to reduce the deepening of insight and change in clients. It can also reduce the clinician’s initial enthusiasm for using MiCBT or other mindfulness approaches and the continuity of their own growing insight.

This masterclass will describe the expected experiences that meditators encounter as they progress through the well-established “Stages of Insight” (vipassana ñana), expressed in various ways by most respected teachers for more than 2000 years. You will be able to recognise how you have experienced some of these stages during your practice, and will relate to some of your clients’ positive or negative comments about their own. You can also use this information to improve your delivery of MiCBT.

You will learn:

• The typical stages of insight encountered during mindfulness meditation in the insight (Vipassana) traditions
• How MiCBT assists clients in developing stages of insight
• How to differentiate unpleasant experiences brought about by insight from symptoms of psychopathology
• How to normalise the effects of unpleasant experiences arising from insight across disorders
• How and when to explain stages of insight to clients

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