OTHER MINDFULNESS TRAINING
Mindfulness-based Stress-Reduction Courses
MBSR is a stress reduction programme developed by Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, Centre for Mindfulness (CFM) for people with a wide range of physical and mental health problems. It has been extensively studied since the late 1970’s. By 1999 over 10,000 patients had completed the programme. MBSR has become a part of a newly recognised field of integrative medicine within behavioural medicine and general health care.
The ancient practice of mindfulness, adapted from its use as a spiritual practice, is rendered into an accessible form relevant to the difficulties faced by people suffering from a variety of physical and psychological illnesses. The programme thus involves intensive training in mindfulness meditation together with discussion on stress and life skills.
The evidence base on MBSR shows significant positive effect sizes with participants with a wide variety of difficulties.