MBCT For Health Care Professionals
Depression and anxiety are common among health care professionals, but rarely talked about openly. The subtle - and sometimes even explicit - messages that mental health issues are a sign of weakness, coupled with a harsh inner critic always pushing for perfection means many health professionals do not seek treatment. This stigma, as well as the acute and now chronic strain of the pandemic have placed an incredible burden on front line health care workers. Whether you were managing depression and anxiety before the pandemic or are experiencing one or both for the first time, you will find that you are not alone.
Health care professionals include doctors, nurses, paramedics, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, behavioral health professionals, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and health care executives. The list goes on, and If you work in health care you know the stress of the work environment and the impacts it can have on your physical and emotional wellbeing, on your communication with patients and colleagues, and on your relationships with loved ones and friends.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidenced-based therapy that is effective for:
- Reducing recurrent episodes of depression
- Treating active depression
- Improving the management of anxiety
Coming together with other caregivers experiencing the same challenges, you will learn skills to help you work with thoughts and feelings differently using mindfulness practices. Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. By allowing us to be fully present, mindfulness helps us become aware of habitual and automatic emotional reactions and let go of them. As an active participant in this safe and supportive community, you will systematically train to empower yourself by developing a radically different way of working with difficult emotions and negative thoughts, and build resiliency in the face of difficult and stressful situations. Learn more about the theory and science behind the practice, about stimulus and response, and takeaways for mitigating the negative consequences of stress.
This course is not an educational offering to learn about MBCT, nor is it a part of the professional pathway to becoming an MBCT teacher. Rather, it is a personal investment in your own healing and self-care, both in body and in mind.
This class is limited to 24 participants.