Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features

Author(s): Rebecca Crane

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features (MBCT) provides a concise, straightforward overview of MBCT, fully updated to include recent developments. The training process underpinning MBCT is based on mindfulness meditation practice and invites a new orientation towards internal experience as it arises - one that is characterised by acceptance and compassion.

The approach supports a recognition that even though difficulty is an intrinsic part of life, it is possible to work with it in new ways. The book provides a basis for understanding the key theoretical and practical features of MBCT and retains its accessible and easy-to-use format that made the first edition so popular, with 30 distinctive features that characterise the approach.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features will be essential reading for professionals and trainees in the field. It is an appealing read for both experienced practitioners and newcomers with an interest in MBCT.


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'Rebecca Crane's masterful synthesis of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy's core guiding principles in this revised edition is a welcome contribution. As a skilled instructor and trainer, her rich evocation of the interplay between practice and didactics throughout the program is laden with insight and will be of wide benefit to both novice and experienced practitioners.' - Zindel Segal Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders, University of Toronto - Scarborough, co-developer of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

'MBCT: Distinctive Features, 2nd Edition is essential reading for any clinician wishing to gain understanding and insight about the MBCT program. Clearly and succinctly written, with new chapters and updated material, this book provides a thorough overview of the MBCT program. Importantly, Dr. Crane also addresses the underlining principles involved in teaching and how that relates to the practice of mindfulness. This book is a gem and a valuable resource. I highly recommend it.' - Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW, Senior MBSR/MBCT Advisor, Teacher Trainer and Mentor, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, University of California San Diego

'The author has distilled years of experience in teaching MBCT and her deep understanding of MBCT into simple and accessible language. Held in a clear structure, the book is rich in both theoretical and practical details. A real gem for both beginners interested in MBCT and seasoned MBCT teachers.' - S. Helen Ma, Ph.D., Founding Director, Hong Kong Centre for Mindfulness

'It is a great pleasure and honour for me to recommend this wonderful book about Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to both scientists and practitioners, to those who are more experienced and those new to the field. I have known Rebecca Crane for many years and admire her greatly for her important work on the integrity of mindfulness based interventions and the competency of the teachers offering it. Rebecca herself is one of the most competent mindfulness teachers I know, with her warm and non-judgmental attitude combined with a very practical and thorough approach. It is a privilege to be able to delve into and particularly use this second edition of her handbook during our own teaching. After all, not only our clients but also we as teachers should never stop learning and developing!' - Anne Speckens, Professor of Psychiatry, Radboud Centre for Mindfulness, Department of Psychiatry, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Dr Rebecca Crane is an MBCT teacher and trainer and directs the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, School of Psychology, Bangor University, UK.

Acknowledgements Permission acknowledgements Foreword by Mark Williams Introduction Abbreviations used Part 1: THE DISTINCTIVE THEORETICAL FEATURES OF MBCT 1. An integration of mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioural therapy 2. Underpinned by the cognitive theory of vulnerability to depression 3. Learning skills to reduce the risk of depressive relapse 4. Modes of mind: doing 5. Modes of mind: being 6. Automatic pilot and conscious awareness 7. Thinking and sensing 8. Mental time travel and present moment focus 9. Reacting and responding to experience: avoidance and approach 10. Needing things to be different and allowing things to be as they are 11. Ways of approaching and welcoming what is 12. Seeing thoughts as real and seeing them as mental events 13. Origins of mindfulness 14. Working with general and specific vulnerability 15. The MBCT evidence base Part 2: THE DISTINCTIVE PRACTICAL FEATURES OF MBCT 16. Course content and structure 17. Session themes 18. Assessment and orientation 19. Eating a raisin with awareness 20. Body scan practice 21. Mindful movement practice 22. Sitting meditation practice 23. The Three-Minute Breathing Space 24. The importance of home practice 25. Mindfulness practice in everyday life 26. Pleasant and unpleasant experiences 27. Cognitive behavioural curriculum elements 28. Investigating experience 29. The MBCT group learning environment 30. Teaching through embodiment Further resources Index

General Fields

  • : 9781138643222
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : March 2017
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rebecca Crane
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 616.891425
  • : 208
  • : 3 black & white tables, 3 black & white line drawings