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 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 abuse, 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 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