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Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

A Professional Training

June 29, 2014 – July 04, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla
SM14-2605-898Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla,

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Addictions—whether to alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, or other behaviors—often stem from a desire to escape our current experience. By bringing awareness to this tendency and by relating to our experiences, whether pleasant or unpleasant, with curiosity and kindness, we can learn to observe our mind, heart, and body, even when we feel uncomfortable or reactive. This allows us to pause, step out of our habitual tendencies, and choose a more skillful response.

This professional training offers an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP). MBRP integrates mindfulness meditation with cognitive-behavioral strategies to help clients relate more compassionately and skillfully to physical, cognitive, or emotional experiences. The training highlights our own mindfulness practice and skills and includes periods of meditation and integration of mindfulness practices into our own lives.

MBRP was originally developed for people who have undergone treatment for substance use, to help maintain treatment gains and to decrease the probability and severity of relapse. However, the skills and qualities cultivated in this training apply to a wide range of addictive and reactive behaviors.

This training is for individuals working in a mental-health field, clinicians in training, or those in related professions. An established mindfulness and meditation practice is preferred.

Upon completion, participants will be better able to:

  • Define Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) and list three practices used in the program
  • Discuss the theoretical foundations underlying MBRP
  • Summarize the core intentions of the MBRP program
  • Describe at least two specific ways in which cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness practices are integrated for prevention of relapse
  • Contrast acceptance-based approaches with “will power” or control-based strategies
  • Practice at least three basic MBRP techniques and describe how they can be useful for their patients and themselves
  • Describe the implications and importance of the provider’s personal meditation practice in delivering mindfulness-based treatments


Continuing Education
  • NBCC - Certified Counselors
  • ACCME - Physicians
  • NAADAC - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • BRN/ANCC - Nurses
  • APA - Psychologists
  • SW/MFT - Social Workers and Counselors
More Information

CE and CME are available and included in the tuition. 

Faculty requires that you read, “Integrating Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Traditions for the Long-Term Treatment of Addictive Behaviors” by Sarah Bowen, Katie Witkiewitz, Neha Chawla, & Joel Grow in preparation for the course. 

Additionally, the faculty recommends that you read Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors by Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla & G. Alan Marlatt in preparation for the course. 

They also suggest that you visit their website,, for further information/context.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.Welcome & Orientation
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Sarah Bowen

Sarah Bowen, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Washington and lead author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors, facilitates Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention groups and trainings worldwide.


Neha Chawla

Neha Chawla, PhD, is a cocreator of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) and coauthor of the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors. She provides training in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.