A Mindful Approach to Depression and Anxiety (MBCT) – Victoria Fontana – Wednesdays 6:00-8:30pm (ET) – June 26 to August 28, 2024

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 22, 2024

Orientation and 8 weeks with all-day session
LOCATION: Live Online via Zoom
WEDNESDAYS from 6:00-8:30 pm (EASTERN TIME) convert to my timezone
ORIENTATION: June 26, CLASSES: July 10 to August 28, 2024

Dates, Times, and Pricing Details

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LOCATION: Live Online via Zoom
ORIENTATION: June 26 from 6:00-8:30 pm (EASTERN TIME)
PROGRAM DATES: Classes July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, and 28
PROGRAM TIME: 6:00-8:30pm (EASTERN TIME) convert to my timezone
ALL DAY SESSION: Saturday, August 3 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (EASTERN TIME)
Please note, there is no program session July 3

Program pricing is set to allow for generosity while meeting individuals needs. Program prices include Pay-It-Forward, Standard, and Scholarship rates. We encourage you to pay as much as  you can afford and we appreciate your care and thoughtfulness when deciding. See our refund policy.

More About Pricing

Pay-It-Forward: This is an opportunity to support those less fortunate, making programs accessible to those that cannot pay the standard rate. Paying at this level is an act of generosity.

Standard Rate: The standard rate covers the costs of these programs, making it possible for MHI to continue to offer them.

Scholarship Rate: This rate is available for those who cannot afford to pay the standard rate. We ask you to use this rate only if paying the higher rate creates a hardship for yourself and/or your family.

28.0 hours of CE credit is available for attendees who are present for the entire program.

What can I learn in A Mindful Approach to Depression and Anxiety (MBCT) Program?

A Mindful Approach to Depression and Anxiety (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, MBCT) provides a powerful framework to cultivate self-awareness, emotional resilience, and cognitive flexibility through the practice of formal meditations and informal mindfulness practices. Additionally, MBCT is not aimed at directly treating or eradicating depression and anxiety symptoms (and should not be used as a replacement for therapy), but rather the heart of this course lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize and contribute to mood states while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship with them.

I find that the sharp ‘edges’ of life have been smoothed a bit and reaction has turned into compassion. This has opened me to receiving or noticing good things when they happen. I am able to anchor myself more often to be more aware, attentive and focused. I came away from this course better than I when I began it. Thank you!

AH, MBCT Student, Spring 2023
How Long is the Program and Weekly Overview

MBCT is an evidence-based approach developed in 2002 by researchers Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale. Grounded in the principles of mindfulness, it draws inspiration from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program while also incorporating components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help participants break free from patterns that contribute to repeated and prolonged episodes of depression and anxiety.

Experiences of recurrent depression and anxiety can leave one feeling exhausted, uncertain about how to move forward or get unstuck, and like life has lost its color. Cultivating mindfulness offers possibilities and potential for living life in new ways, for learning new skills, and wholly new ways of working with and befriending the mind. 

The program consists of 31 hours of direct instruction, including:

  • Orientation (1.5-2.5 hrs) scheduled one or two weeks before the first class
  • 8 weekly classes, 2.5 hours each
  • An all-day class on a Saturday or Sunday
  • Daily home practice assignments (~45-60 minutes each day)
Weekly Overview of APA Credits
DateClassCE Credits
OrientationWelcome, program aims, and introduction to mindfulness 0 hours
Week 1Present moment awareness, mindfulness practices, and history and research of MBCT2.5 hours
Week 2Perception and knowing are different2.5 hours
Week 3Pleasure and power in being present2.5 hours
Week 4Stress reactivity2.5 hours
Week 5Stress, mindful awareness, and skillful responses2.5 hours
Week 6Interpersonal communication, exploring and managing difficult relationships2.5 hours
All DayIntensive mindfulness practice to effectively establish skills for use beyond program completion8 hours
Week 7Integrating mindfulness into daily life, how to use present moment awareness to take care of oneself2.5 hours
Week 8Program review, making the practice your own for on-going growth2.5 hours

Important Note: Participants are expected and required to attend 100% of CE programming. MHI and its staff strictly monitor attendance and do not award variable credit for partial attendance.

Past Participant Testimonials

Very helpful in overcoming my anxiety, and making it manageable. I catch the thoughts now before it gets out of hand. And if they do overflow, I am aware of it and know it’s temporary.
Program Participant, Summer 2023
The MBCT course that I took helped me tremendously in understanding the modes of my mind. It held me on the rims of a downward spiral, to look into and understand the emotions and thoughts without getting caught in them, thus preventing from spiralling down the rabbit hole. Surfing along the edges with kindness and compassion. Allowed me to be much kinder towards myself and say “it’s okay”. Thank you!
Program Participant, Summer 2023
Who is this for?

This course is designed for adults 18 and older who are interested in exploring mindfulness techniques to manage depression and anxiety symptoms and who want a structured, practical, and highly accessible introduction to mindfulness. It is appropriate for people new to mindfulness, anyone who has tried mindfulness apps or perhaps read a book and wants the structure of a course led by an experienced teacher, and even seasoned practitioners.

Why is this course valuable for clinical psychologists?

This course is designed for adults aged 18 who are interested in exploring mindfulness techniques. It offers a structured, practical, and easily accessible introduction suitable for newcomers, those who’ve explored mindfulness apps or books, and even seasoned practitioners.

For psychologists and other professionals, the wide applicability and adaptability of this course demonstrates how mindfulness can be a versatile tool for clinicians working with diverse populations. However, effectively integrating mindfulness into the therapeutic space requires clinicians to prioritize their own personal practice. Studies suggest that mindfulness training significantly strengthens the therapeutic alliance, the cornerstone of effective therapy, in several key ways:

  • Cultivating present-moment awareness
  • Improving self-awareness
  • Enhancing emotional regulation
  • Boosting empathy and compassion
  • Deepening active listening skills
About the Instructor
Victoria Fontana

Certified MBSR instructor
Certified MBCT instructor
Certified Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) instructor
Adjunct professor with the IE University Center for Health, Wellbeing & Happiness

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Learning Objectives and Outcomes
  • Discuss what mindfulness is and is not from a theory- and evidence-based perspective, including the history and foundation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Discuss the purpose of the stress response, including its usefulness
  • Explain how thoughts, core beliefs, and reactivity to stressors can impair emotional and physical wellbeing that may lead to depression and anxiety 
  • Discuss how cognitive distortions or conditioned ways of thinking may foster cycles of depression and anxiety
  • Discuss the difference between an active acceptance of distress and an emotional resignation
  • Employ and practice meditations in ways that bring attention to depression and/or anxiety with curiosity and non-judgement, including how and where the body holds tension, sadness, and worry
  • Employ and practice informal mindfulness practices in ways that support bringing awareness and attention to depression and anxiety symptoms
  • Apply mindfulness to cultivate a greater sense of present-moment awareness, gain a deeper connection with the body, thoughts, and emotions, and promote greater mental flexibility 
  • Apply mindfulness techniques to identify negative thought and behavior patterns that contribute to depression and anxiety  and cultivate skillful responses to them
  • Utilize mindfulness to identify typical bodily sensations that arise when depression or anxiety arise
  • Utilize mindfulness to increase the ability to identify, feel, and tolerate unpleasant, unwanted, and contradictory emotions
  • Describe how mindfulness can alter maladaptive feedback loops to facilitate the self-management of depression and anxiety
  • Explain how mindfulness promotes emotional regulation in the context of depression and anxiety
  • Apply mindfulness techniques to challenge negative thought patterns that contribute to depression and anxiety
  • Explain how formal meditations and informal mindfulness practices can support wellbeing, including when they may be used to support symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Utilize mindfulness to manage the ongoing physical, mental, and emotional symptoms of depression and anxiety symptoms over time
Complete Learning Objectives and Outcomes
  1. Discuss what mindfulness is and is not from a theory- and evidence-based perspective
  2. Discuss the history and foundation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  3. Discuss the purpose of the stress response, including its usefulness
  4. Describe how thoughts and core beliefs can influence depressive symptoms and stress reactivity
  5. Explain how reactivity to stressors can impair emotional and physical wellbeing that may lead to depression and anxiety 
  6. Discuss how cognitive distortions or conditioned ways of thinking may foster cycles of depression and anxiety
  7. Discuss the difference between an active acceptance of distress and an emotional resignation
  8. Employ and practice the body scan meditation in ways that bring attention to depression and/or anxiety 
  9. Employ and practice the focused attention meditation in ways that bring attention to depression and anxiety with curiosity and non-judgment
  10. Employ and practice the mindful movement (yoga) meditation in ways that bring attention to how and where the body holds tension, sadness, and worry
  11. Employ and practice informal mindfulness practices in ways that support bringing awareness and attention to depression and anxiety symptoms
  12. Apply mindfulness to cultivate a greater sense of present-moment awareness 
  13. Apply mindfulness to cultivate a deeper connection with the body
  14. Apply mindfulness to cultivate a deeper connection with emotions
  15. Apply mindfulness techniques to identify negative thought patterns that contribute to depression and anxiety 
  16. Utilize mindfulness to recognize habitual behavior patterns that characterize depression and anxiety
  17. Utilize mindfulness to identify typical bodily sensations that arise when depression or anxiety arise
  18. Utilize mindfulness to increase the ability to identify, feel, and tolerate unpleasant, unwanted, and contradictory emotions
  19. Describe how mindfulness can alter maladaptive feedback loops to facilitate the self-management of depression and anxiety
  20. Explain how mindfulness promotes emotional regulation in the context of depression and anxiety
  21. Apply mindfulness techniques to challenge negative thought patterns that contribute to depression and anxiety
  22. Utilize mindfulness practices to promote greater mental flexibility 
  23. Explain how formal meditations and informal mindfulness practices can support wellbeing
  24. Identify when formal meditations and informal mindfulness practices may be used to support symptoms of depression and anxiety
  25. Utilize mindfulness to cultivate skillful responses to depression and anxiety symptoms
  26. Utilize mindfulness to manage the ongoing physical, mental, and emotional symptoms of depression and anxiety symptoms over time
What is the Science and Research on MBCT?

Research has shown that MBCT can be beneficial for various conditions, particularly in preventing relapse in individuals with recurrent depression and anxiety.

MBCT has been associated with improved emotional regulation, reduced anxiety, enhanced well-being, and better overall mental health, making it a promising intervention for individuals seeking to manage and prevent recurrent depression and other emotional challenges.

While individual experiences may differ, engaging in mindfulness practices offers participants a valuable opportunity to tap into its wide-ranging benefits.

Join us to explore how mindfulness may support you in living life more fully, with greater ease and joy.

Please visit our FAQ webpage for answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Program Content

Certificate of Completion – Victoria Fontana
Available on August 29, 2024 11:00 am
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