MINDFULNESS-BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY FOR DOCTORS
Cost: Special Offer £150 (GP Health may fund the GP Places)
CPD credits = 16
Being happy at all times is unrealistic - we all experience sadness, pain, loss, anger and stress. Doctors are human too. It's a fact that can be overlooked when we are subject to high standards and intense demands. Those who forget that doctors think, feel and react like other human beings are often doctors themselves. Experiences can be shut out or laughed off with a little humour and a reflection that it's all in a day's work. For some doctors, this can be an effective strategy. Others suffer, which can be compounded by beliefs that they've just got to get on with it.
Mindfulness can be a powerful practical tool; evidence demonstrates that it can improve emotional well-being, enhance empathy and attention. As we develop skills in connecting with the present, we generate a better capacity to step back in moments of stress; to pause and evaluate. There is evidence that our limbic system - designed to react quickly when we are threatened, actually becomes less reactive through regular mindfulness practice.
Through the use of mindfulness skills, it is possible to get less caught up in an endless task list and become better connected to the meaning of our work. These skills may generate more curiosity about why we experience a challenging patient in a particular way and may also enhance our capacity to notice and respond to signals that we need to take a break. Whilst it cannot make life any simpler, mindfulness can help us approach life more skilfully.
Mindfulness is one of many practices of mental training arising from Eastern contemplative traditions, specifically Buddhism. The practice has been adapted in the West, secularised and formalised into various group-based approaches including Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
MBCT uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) methods in collaboration with mindfulness practices. It was originally created as a relapse prevention treatment for depression and has been in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines since 2004. The focus on depression and cognitive processes is what distinguishes MBCT from other mindfulness-based therapies. MBCT, however, is also highly relevant to the who have not had psychological problems but wish to live more purposefully, with greater clarity and well-being.
The process is via the self-referral application form. Please contact me via if you would like to discuss this course prior to completing the form.
Dr Lucy Harrison