Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is a novel treatment approach developed at the Addictive Behaviours Research Center at the University of Washington.
Similar to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression, the MBRP program integrates mindfulness practices with cognitive-behavioural relapse prevention. MBRP is best suited
to individuals who are in recovery,
and who wish to maintain their gains and develop a lifestyle that supports well-being and ongoing recovery. MBRP can be useful for any form of addictive behaviour.
Home practice is the key to experiencing benefits from this and other mindfulness-based program.
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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a skills-based therapeutic approach that was originally developed as a relapse-prevention program for depression. It is particularly effective for people with a past history of recurrent major depressive disorder, and is also helpful for people experiencing symptoms of residual depression, mild to moderate acute depression, and for management of anxiety, stress and chronic pain. Many who attend MBCT have no diagnosis, and recognize the program as "personal development".
The MBCT program is an 8-week group program, with weekly classes lasting two hours each. However, most of the benefit of MBCT is achieved outside of class, with guided meditations and other home practices intended to support the integration of mindfulness into daily life so that benefits last after the 8-week program.
Occasionally we may offer "Alumni Group"sessions to support continued practice, and these are open to anyone who has completed one of the Mindfulness West therapeutic programs.
Mindful Self-Care for Caregivers is largely based on MBCT. The main difference is that all who attend this program share the experience of being "informal" caregivers for family or friends.
In the Caregivers program the focus is on self-care strategies to support caregivers to look after themselves so that they are better able to provide care for others.
Mindful-Self Care for Caregivers was offered in 2018-19 in partnership with Family Caregivers of BC. Due to resoundingly positive response by participants, Mindfulness West will continue to offer the program when there is need.
This course directly targeted my thoughts and behaviours and showed me the link to my anxiety. Before this I had not found help that was tangible or constructive.