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The Webinar will start on 12 July 2024

Level 1 training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

will be presented by Fabrizio Didonna
This Webinar will be broadcast live via Zoom Meetings
The event will start on 12 July 2024
12 July 2024 Form 10am to 6pm
14 July 2024 09:00 to 17:00
13 July 2024 09:30 to 17:30

How to participate in this Live Webinar?

This event will take place online and will be accessible via the Zoom Meetings platform. You will find the link to the live stream a few days before the start on your pinboard.
After the Webinar you will have access to the registration on your account.

Discover the training objectives of this Live Webinar:

After attending this course, participants will be able to

  • Gain a clear understanding of how obsessive compulsive disorder works and the cognitive processes and mechanisms that activate and maintain obsessive symptoms.
  • Understand, including through the use of some of the Therapy from the MBCT programme for OCD, the central role of meditation mindful in facilitating the processes of decentralisation, disidentification and conscious exposure that are fundamental to dealing with obsessive problems.
  • Learning the role of acceptance and self-compassion in functionally modifying the cognitive automatisms and pathological mechanisms of OCD.
  • To know the theoretical foundations and the cultural and scientific basis of the Cognitive Therapy programme based on the Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Learning the basic principles and key features of the Cognitive Therapy model based on the Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as well as the format of the sessions and the structure of the treatment programme.
  • Understand the programme and the main therapeutic activities of each of the eleven group sessions in the MBCT protocol for OCD.
  • Learning the skills and relational and therapeutic style of the instructor, which are necessary elements for conducting the programme sessions.
  • Developing and/or deepening one's practice of Therapyemphasising the importance of both formal meditative practices and mindfulness as an attitude to be adopted in daily life, fundamental prerequisites for overcoming one's own bias cognitive and one's own dysfunctional beliefs.
  • Learning the basic skills and guidelines needed to start using the MBCT programme for OCD in individual psychotherapeutic treatment.

Teaching methods will include experiential exercises, didactic presentations, videos taken from real Cognitive Therapy sessions based on the Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and handouts.

Webinar Description

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (MBCT, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) is an innovative, standardised, manualised treatment programme developed with the aim of creating a significant clinical and quality-of-life improvement in people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Based on the scientific studies and clinical experience of Dr Fabrizio Didonna and documented in his handbook 'Cognitive Therapy Based on the Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder' (New York, Guilford Press, 2020), the programme integrates the most effective tools of cognitive behavioural therapy with the principles and practice of Therapy and self-compassion.

This therapeutic model is the result of more than twenty years of the founder's experience with hundreds of OCD sufferers and almost twenty years of practising and teaching meditation mindfulparticularly with respect to the Cognitive Therapy model based on the Therapy.

Obsessive compulsive disorder can be conceptualised as a severe state of lack of awareness or 'mindlessness'. The key aspect of the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy programme for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is to make patients aware of the modalities that characterise OCD, while helping them to develop a new relationship with their inner states.

Patients thus learn to see thoughts and emotions as mere mental events, harmless and transient, regardless of their content and emotional charge. This intensive therapeutic programme aims to help OCD sufferers, step by step, to recognise the specific and/or generic distorted and dysfunctional mechanisms that activate and maintain their disorder, to learn new effective strategies to neutralise these mechanisms, and to develop stable and healthy ways of relating to their inner experience.

The course

Conducted by Fabrizio Didonna, clinical psychologist, Mindfulness teacher and meditation retreat leader, this course analyses - using a perspective based on the Therapy - the specific characteristics of the relationship that OCD patients have with their personal experience, thus helping therapists to understand the important role that this relationship could play in terms of activating and maintaining obsessive problems. Through the use of Therapy and videos from MBCT sessions for OCD, this course illustrates how to concretely apply the practice of Therapy and compassion at work with OCD patients.

Furthermore, the course describes the theoretical foundations, objectives and contents of this therapeutic model, as well as some of the programme's practices, which will be shared with participants. Finally, the course integrates didactic, experiential sessions and exercises to be carried out in small groups, as well as both static and active meditations.

Who is this Webinar aimed at?

The course is open to all those who already work (or would like to work) with people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder: mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellor) and university students with a background in psychology or psychiatry.


The Webinar Programme
12 July 2024 Form 10am to 6pm
13 July 2024 09:30 to 17:30
14 July 2024 09:00 to 17:00
Fabrizio Didonna
Prof. Fabrizio Didonna is an internationally renowned Clinical Psychologist, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Padua, Italy, Professor at the Institute for Lifelong Learning, University of Barcelona, Spain and Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also Director of the MBCT International Centre for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, in Vicenza, Italy. He is the developer of the therapeutic model and author of the related manual, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Guilford Press, 2020, translated into Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French and Russian), the first manualised and validated mindfulness-based treatment model for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Didonna is founder and honorary president of the Italian Institute of Mindfulness. He has presented research, lectures and workshops at international conferences and universities around the world.

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