Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in treatment of Suicidal Depression

Preconference meeting at the XXVII World Congress of the International Association for Suicide prevention, September 24.-28. 2013 in Oslo

Date: September 24th 2013
Time: 09.30 - 15.30
Registration: Delegates can register for this preconference through the same online facility as for the congress
Price: NOK 1,500. Registration fee covers lunch and coffee/tea during breaks

Clinical depression is common and debilitating, and carries an increased risk of suicide. There is evidence that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which combines psychological education and meditation, prevents new episodes of depression.


• To present a theoretical introduction to Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy(MBCT)
• To present the cognitive science background for its applications to recurrent depression treatment
• To explain,demonstrate and practice treatment techniques used in treatment of patients with recurrent depression and a history of suicidality

Lectures and exercises
The workshop will incorporate a significant experiential component and the workshop participants will be guided through a number of the mindfulness practices taught in MBCT.

• Specification of the model of differential activation for suicidal reactivity including imagery
• Reactivation of suicide-related cognitive deficits
• Experiential exercises

Research results:
Presentation of the outcomes of a recently completed trial, which compared MBCT to both psychological education and usual care for relapse prevention in individuals with recurrent depression.


Dr Catherine Crane from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford.

Dr Bergljot Gjelsvik from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford.
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