MBRP: Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention

 

 

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FRAMING

A field benefiting of growing international attention, Mindfulness is today recognized as a practice with multiple evidence-based therapeutical benefits. Relapse Prevention is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioural intervention model for the treatment of substance addiction and other addictions whose principles and methodologies are widely used by the community of this field’s experts.

 

Ser Integral: Portuguese Center for Mindfulness has organized, in partnership with the Faculty of Education and Psychology – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, a top training program in Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) to be offered to the national and international community of professionals in this field. This will be the first training to accreditate professionals in the effective and innovative practice of Mindfulness in the fields of substance addiction and other addictions. The program integrates contributions from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Relapse Prevention, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, and Dr. Zindel Segal’s Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBRP was developed at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center - University of Washington – USA, by Dr. Alan G. Marlatt himself – Relapse Prevention intervention program’s original proponent.

 

 

PROGRAM

Module 1 – Theoretical Training (8 theoretical training sessions over 6 days, in a total of 42 training hours):

  1. Automatic Thoughts and Relapse
  2. Trigger Awareness and Craving
  3. Mindfulness in daily life
  4. Mindfulness in high-risk situations
  5. Acceptance and Competent Action
  6. Seeing thoughts as thoughts
  7. Self-care and balanced life-style
  8. Social Support and Practice Maintenance

 

Module 2 – Individual and Group Supervision (8 hours of group supervision or 4 hours of individual supervision, through videoconference)

 

 

CALENDAR/SCHEDULE

Module 1 – 19th to 24th January 2019
Module 2 – To be scheduled according to participants’ availability and their ability to previously implement the program

 

 

TARGETS

Professionals in the field of addictive behaviors. MBRP program participation implies a consistent daily practice of Mindfulness of the training participants.

 

 

PREREQUISITES

  • 8 week MBSR or MBCT offered by qualified and certified teachers, completed 6-12 months prior the initiation of MBRP
  • 5 days Mindfulness silence retreat participation at an accredited entity, completed 6-12 months prior the initiation of MBRP
  • Daily Mindfulness practice established 6-12 months prior to the initiation of MBRP
  • Experience using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Experience in the field of addictive behaviors

 

*For more information about MBSR/MBCT programs please check:
  For more information about Silence Retreats please check:

 

REGISTRATION

All interested must present a CV and all printed certifications of the prerequisites at the moment of registration, as well as a letter of intent informing about personal and professional trajectory, personal development in the field of Mindfulness, and reference to MBSR or MBCT certification (date of conclusion, teacher name and training centre). An individual interview may be requested.

 

 

PEDAGOGICAL, EVALUATION AND ACCREDITATION MODEL

Participants that have completed Module 1 and have initiated an intervention for the treatment of a group of people presenting addictive behaviours are eligible for Module 2. Prior to Module 2 an interview will be carried out to assess participant’s adequacy to this stage of training. Please take in mind that certification in MBRP will only be possible after completing Module 2.

The conclusion of Module 2 requires evaluation integrating the following elements: a portfolio of recordings and annotations of each of the MBRP’s 8 session program as presented to a group of people with addictive behaviour, followed by a critical essay. These elements are intended to illustrate the participant’s progression in the practice of facilitating MBRP groups.

 

 

The conclusion of Module 1 requires:

  • Attendance at all sessions and completion of all training actions carried during Module 1.
  • Established daily formal practice of Mindfulness Meditation (30-60 min. per day). A written essay will be requested focusing on a self-reflective inquiry of how does the practice relate to daily life and work with patients with addictive behaviours. This component will also be the subject to informal evaluation during sessions’ interactions with training group and teacher.

 

The conclusion of Module 2 requires:

  • Attendance at all supervision sessions.
  • Quality of reflections during supervision sessions.
  • Successful program implementation according to the teacher’s criteria.
  • Established daily formal practice of Mindfulness Meditation (30-60 min. per day). A written essay will be requested focusing on a self-reflective inquiry of how does the practice relate to daily life and work with patients with addictive behaviours. This component will also be the subject to informal evaluation during sessions’ interactions with training group and teacher.

 

The training will benefit from accreditation units (ECTS) in accordance to art.º 5 from decree-law (DL) 42/2005, of the 22nd February, as well as in accordance with the rules of ECTS attribution as defined in the document Despacho da Reitoria da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, reference R/0351/2012, from the 23rd February 2012. According to these regulations, 1 unit can be attributed for each 25-work hour. All kinds of work activities are considered in this calculation, which corresponds to a total of 6 ECTS’s1.

 

 

This MBRP training program will be accredited by the Portuguese Bar of Psychology (OPP). We believe this accreditation will be valued by the OPP’s Specialty School process.

 


1 The training integrates a total of 54 classroom training hours. Individual/autonomous training hours include 30 to 60 minutes of daily Mindfulness practice, 20 hours of MBRP program implementation next to a group of individuals presenting addictive behaviours, 75 estimated hours concerning the preparation of MBRP related materials and 2 to 4 hours concerning the preparation of two essays.


 

 

SCIENTIFICAL COORDINATION

Carla Martins, PhD (Ser Integral: Portuguese Centre for Mindfulness) and Maria Carmo Carvalho, PhD (FEP-UCP)

 

 

TEACHER

Isabel Weiss, PhD (Main Teacher) – MBRP certified teacher and trainer by Doctor Sarah Bowen – Addictive Behaviors Research Center – University of Washington (E.U.A).

 

 

FACILITES AND FUNCTIONNING

FEP-UCP premises at Porto – Foz Campus.

 

 

APPLICATIONS AND OTHER INFORMATIONS

 

For more information concerning applications please contact Cristina Crava | 22 619 62 43 | formacao.avancada@porto.ucp.pt.

 

The training program will be delivered in the English language.


For more information about MBSR/MBCT programs please check: http://serintegral.pt/index.php/en/mindfulness-programs or www.serintegral.pt


For more information about Silence Retreats please check: http://serintegral.pt/index.php/en/retreats 

 

 

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