Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Certificate Course by Richard Sears
Mindfulness will offer your client a better quality of life…if you can effectively integrate it into your practice.
But like many clinicians, you might be frustrated with mindfulness because you don’t have concrete, practical ways to incorporate it for specific situations and symptoms such as PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, addictions, and depression.
This is the course that will finally teach you exactly how to combine mindfulness and cognitive therapy techniques, to transform your practice—and your life.
Join expert trainer Dr. Richard Sears for a unique online certificate course to master the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) approach for specific situations and symptoms, such as PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, addictions, depression, and MORE!
You’ll learn the core competencies of the MBCT approach, including the step-by-step 8-session structured program to use with both individual clients or group therapy.
End this course with your Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and the complete framework for integrating advanced, clinical mindfulness strategies in your very next session.
This practical and thorough online certificate training provides a session-by-session guide to incorporating MBCT therapy in your clinical practice. With its sound examples and evidence-based strategies for specific conditions, this course will prepare you to effectively use MBCT with clients struggling with stress, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, addiction and more…
Through four comprehensive and experiential video modules, you’ll immerse yourself in the entire 8-session, structured MBCT curriculum. Expert trainer Dr. Richard Sears will guide you through the core competencies of MBCT, using passion, humor, and wisdom from his 30 years of teaching mindfulness. He will show you proven strategies and techniques to help a wide range of psychological disorders, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and more.
In Module one, you’ll gain a foundational understanding of MBCT — including its core principles and evidence-based methodology — so you can discover its full potential for healing. In this module, you’ll learn…
- Foundations of MBCT: Going beyond Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Neurological evidence for MBCT
- Principles of MBCT, including adaptation and expansion of CBT principles and mindful inquiry
In Module 2, you’ll begin the step-by-step process of implementing the MBCT approach in your clinical work. Dr. Sears will guide you through the first two sessions of the MBCT curriculum where you’ll experience practical exercises and techniques that you can immediately implement with your clients. In this session, you’ll explore…
- 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
This module is packed full of experiential exercises and demonstrations to help you quickly and effectively implement the power of MBCT into your practice. In this module, Dr. Sears will lead you through the next two sessions of the MBCT curriculum to learn techniques that you can use with your clients in your office or empower them to practice on their own.
- 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
In this last module, Dr. Sears will guide you through the final sessions of the MBCT curriculum, fully preparing you with proven strategies to overcome PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, addictions, and more. He’ll also arm you with advanced strategies for working with even your most challenging clients. In this session, you’ll get access to…
- 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
Learn more about what’s covered in the course. Click here for course objectives and outline.
By: Richard Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been an effective intervention for decades, but few clinicians have discovered the powerful treatment results of combining CBT with Mindfulness.
Clinical psychologist and mindfulness expert Dr. Richard Sears has created a practical, engaging skills manual that clearly defines the principles of CBT and then demonstrates steps for integrating mindfulness practices into therapy — all drawing from the latest research. Straight-forward explanations and dozens of worksheets provide fresh insights and new tools to move therapy forward when treating stress, anxiety, panic, depression, pain, trauma, addictions, and other issues.
Who is this training for?
This certificate training has been specially created for professionals looking to incorporate MBCT in their clinical work, including counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, case managers, addiction counselors, occupational therapists, nurses, and more. The education provided in this intensive online training is designed to breathe new life into your clinical treatment plans for clients who are struggling with PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, addictions, depression and more.
This interactive online certificate training also offers you a community of peers and mentors all focused on helping clients succeed.
Continuing Education Credits Available!
Click here for total course CE Credit and details specific to your profession.
Want to know more about the course outline?
Click here for course objectives and outline.
Additional questions about this certificate training?
Please contact PESI toll-free at 800-844-8260.
Certificate of Completion
In recognition of completing this intensive training, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Your certificate not only showcases your personal and professional accomplishment, but it also distinguishes you from your peers and shows your clients, your colleagues, and employer your continued dedication to improving therapeutic outcomes.
“Richard Sears has the expertise to immerse you in these concepts and skills to improve your clinical work as well as your own self-care.” – Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., Co-developer of MBCT
“Richard Sears shares his wisdom and experience by providing a complete [overview] of an 8-week course of MBCT. Whether you’re an experienced provider or a novice, you’ll love seeing how Dr. Sears does this. When it resembles how you do it, you’ll feel validated. When it’s different, you’ll appreciate the fresh ideas” – Ruth Baer, Ph.D., author of The Practicing Happiness Workbook and Mindfulness-based Treatment Approaches
Richard Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D., 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 a clinical assistant professor at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, clinical/research faculty at the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, volunteer associate 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 Mindfulness: Living Through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in this Moment (Wiley-Blackwell); Perspectives on Spirituality and Religion in Psychotherapy (PR Press); Building Competence in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (Routledge); and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for PTSD (Wiley-Blackwell). Dr. Sears is the lead author of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice (PR Press) and Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals (Wiley).
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 authority to teach Zen koans (inka).
Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Richard Sears is core faculty for Union Institute and University. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Non-financial: Richard Sears is a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology; American Academy of Clinical Psychology; and the American Psychological Association.