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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Certificate Course Experiential Workshop

Are you like many other frustrated clinicians,wanting to incorporate mindfulness into your therapy practice but struggling to do so? All around you are mindfulness articles and workshops that are ineffective to give you concrete, practical skills to help your clients.

Take action today! An emerging evidence-based approach, called Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has proven effectiveness!

In this new experiential certificate workshop, immerse yourself in the entire MBCT curriculum, an 8 session structured program that combines mindfulness and cognitive therapy techniques. MBCT is evidenced based, and is an advanced clinical version of the popular Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

Expert trainer Dr. Richard Sears will personally guide you step by step through core competencies of MBCT with passion, humor, and wisdom from his 30 years of teaching mindfulness. He will show you proven strategies for a wide range of psychological disorders, including:

  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Addictions
  • Depression
  • And MORE!

Add this treatment approach to your toolbox to use with individual clients or group therapy! No stressing, just follow the 8 sessions laid out in this workshop!!


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Richard Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP
11 Hours 38 Minutes
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Mar 08, 2018
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 11.75 hours CPD.



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Richard Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio, board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), runs a private psychology and consultation practice, and is the Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation. He is also clinical assistant professor at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, clinical/research faculty at the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, volunteer professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at the UC College of Medicine, and a research/psychologist contractor with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

His most recent books include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness Toolbox (PESI, 2017); Mindfulness: Living Through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in this Moment (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014); Perspectives on Spirituality and Religion in Psychotherapy (PR Press, 2014); Building Competence in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (Routledge, 2015); and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for PTSD (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). Dr. Sears is lead author of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice (PR Press, 2011) and Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals (Wiley, 2005).

Dr. Sears is a fifth-degree black belt in Ninjutsu, and once served as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama with his teacher, Stephen K. Hayes. He has studied the Eastern Wisdom traditions for over 30 years, receiving ordination in three traditions, and has been given transmission as a Zen master.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Richard Sears holds faculty appointments at the University of Cincinnati. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial:  Richard Sears is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of the Academy of the American Board of Clinical Psychology.

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  1. Compile the underlying mechanisms that make mindfulness techniques effective for stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, pain, and addiction.
  2. Breakdown the role of thoughts in perpetuating symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression as it relates to ruminating thoughts and behaviors in clients.
  3. Describe the brain changes associated with mindfulness practice to explain to clients the scientific effectiveness of practicing mindfulness.
  4. Connect how mindfulness builds upon and refines the evidence-based principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
  5. Incorporate mindfulness practices into traditional CBT thought records to help alleviate clients of intrusive, obsessive compulsive thoughts.
  6. Utilize specific mindfulness-based techniques to help clients disengage from the narrative of negative thoughts and emotions.
  7. Organize the eight session structure used MBCT program in your own clinical setting.
  8. Differentiate between the group process in MBCT vs. CBT to avoid clients’ cycles of struggling with distressing thoughts and feelings.
  9. Practice guiding a client through a 3-minute mindfulness exercise to improve the consistency of conscious choices rather than automatic reactions when distressed.
  10. Explore the use of decentering skills with a client, in a session, in the reduction of worry and ruminations.
  11. Apply the three steps of the mindful inquiry process, after the mindfulness exercise is over, to help clients more quickly internalize the skills and attitudes that allows them let go of struggle and make conscious choices.
  12. Adapt the MBCT curriculum to different client populations, including children, as it relates to treatment considerations.


  • Competencies of MBCT
    • Foundations of MBCT
      • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
      • Original MBCT trials
      • Evidence base for MBCT
      • Neurological evidence
    • Principles
      • Adaptation and expansion of CBT principles
      • Decenter from strong and persistent negative thoughts
      • Leading mindfulness exercises skillfully
      • Mindful inquiry
  • MBCT Curriculum & Core Therapeutic Tasks
    • Session 1: Awareness and Automatic Pilot
      • Raisin exercise - distinguish thinking and feeling
      • Body scan - foundation to build attention
      • Mindfulness of daily activities
    • Session 2: Living in Our Heads
      • ABC model for linking thoughts and emotions
      • Pleasant events calendar to foster attention to the positive
      • Mindful breathing for stress and focus
    • Session 3: Gather the Scattered Mind
      • Mindful stretching for working with discomfort
      • Mindful walking for dynamic mindfulness
      • Unpleasant events calendar to relate differently to difficulty
      • 3-Minute breathing space
    • Session 4: Recognize Aversion
      • Mindfulness of breath, body, sounds to deepen awareness
      • Working with difficulties without struggle
    • Session 5: Allow/Let Be
      • Exposure to difficult thoughts and feelings to transform them
      • Notice thoughts without getting lost in them
    • Session 6: Thoughts are Not Facts
      • Purposefully exposing to strong thoughts and feelings
      • Techniques for working wisely with difficult thoughts
    • Session 7: How Can I Best Take Care of Myself?
      • Recognize relapse signatures to prevent future problems
      • Develop self-care action plans
    • Session 8: Maintaining and Extending New Learning
      • Personalize mindfulness practices for individual clients
      • Maintain momentum of positive gains
  • Clinical Issues – Advanced Strategies for Working with Challenging Clients
    • Adaptations of MBCT for
      • Depression
      • Stress
      • Anxiety
      • Chronic Pain
      • PTSD
      • Substance Use Disorders
      • Children & Adolescents
    • Evaluations and Dissemination

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 23


Susan C - BROOKLINE, Massachusetts

"Again, I want to say Sears is a great therapist and a brilliant presenter. This is one of the best CE programs I've attended. "

Mikel W - DUBLIN, Ohio


David H - Lubbock, Texas

"Excellent - Very useful"

Tara W - BOISE, Idaho

"This was one of the best presentations/workshops I have attended. I very much enjoyed Dr Sears presentation."

Terry D - HOMER GLEN, Illinois

"Great webinar! Dr. Sears is a great speaker!"

Jennifer S - SEVILLE, Ohio

"This was one of the best trainings I have attended."

Tania G - SILVER SPRING, Maryland

"Wonderful ; funny and useful"

Caroline G - QUINCY, Massachusetts

"Well organized course, helpful in my practice and population."

Kelly F - OWENSBORO, Kentucky

"dr. sears was a really great instructor who conveyed information I can utilize going forward very effectively. "

Pardeep N - SACRAMENTO, California

"really great experience. thanks to Dr. Richards i learned lot. increased my understand, love, compassion, mental health awareness and practice skills."

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