Mindfulness and Mindfulness-based Approaches - From Reactivity to Responding

This workshop is for people who wish to learn more about mindfulness and mindfulness-based approached. Mindfulness practice is a vehicle to train awareness, cultivate compassion and create the possibility of responsiveness in thinking, speech and behaviour.

Mindfulness has a long lineage dating at least 2600 years. Making use of this rich lineage Jon Kabat-Zinn began teaching mindfulness systematically to people with chronic health problems in medical and psychiatric settings in the 1970’s (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). More recently mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression has been developed as an innovative approach that combines mindfulness and cognitive-behavioural approaches (Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2002). Evidence suggests that among people with recurrent depression mindfulness-based cognitive therapy significantly reduces relapse rates over one year (e.g., Teasdale et al., 2000) and it has been incorporated into the UK NICE guidelines as a recommended approach to recurrent depression.

Mindfulness-based approaches are being developed for people with long-term physical health conditions, for children and teachers in schools, for young people in higher education, for parents, in occupational settings and as a way to help people in their everyday lives respond to stress, enjoy greater wellbeing and lead fulfilling lives. Whilst the evidence base for depression is strongest, preliminary research for other mindfulness-based applications is emerging. The next decade will see step-wise changes in our understanding of wellbeing and ways to cultivate wellbeing from observational and experimental research, neuroscience and the development and evaluation of new intervention approaches.

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


To support the learning objectives above there will be a chance for mindfulness practice, experiential exercises and illustrative video extracts of mindfulness classes. There will be teaching and discussion around mindfulness-based approaches’ orientation and component elements. The main routes to deepening a personal mindfulness practice and taking forwards an interest in mindfulness professionally will be described and explored.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • The core mindfulness practices
  • What participants learn in mindfulness-based approached
  • How mindfulness-based approaches supports this learning, through its overall orientation and its component elements
  • Routes to taking an interest in mindfulness further personally and professionally

Key resources

  • Crane, R. (2009). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. London: Routledge.
  • Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990). Full Catastrophe Living: How to Cope with Stress, Pain and Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation. New York: Delacorte.
  • Segal, Z. V., Williams, J. M. G., & Teasdale, J. D. (2002). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression: A new approach to preventing relapse. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Williams, J. M. G., Teasdale, J. D., Segal, Z. V., & Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007). The mindful way through depression: Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness. New York: Guildford Press.

Facilitator: Willem Kuyken

Willem  is is a research clinical psychologist specialising in recurrent depression. His work with people with mood disorders spans twenty years, he has been teaching MBCT since 2001 and has published on mindfulness mechanisms, clinical trials and implementation. His work is underpinned by an 18 year personal mindfulness practice.

Booking information


Non-Society members: £95 (£79.17 + VAT)
Society members: £63 (£52.50 + VAT)

How to book

Registration closing date: Friday 25th January 2013.


The Rougemont Hotel (Thistle)
Queen Street

Fri, 01/02/2013 -
09:30 to 16:30
Contact Information: 
BPS South West Branch