Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) is a mindfulness-based secular approach to preventing relapse and promoting recovery from addiction. The training will cover mindfulness and meditative techniques including three minute breathing space, four basic needs of the heart, body scan, and working with difficulties within the context of mindfulness.
Aimed at people working in the field of addiction who either have an experience of meditation or an understanding of mindfulness, this three day course will introduce a range of MBAR models such as the vicious cycle, fact and interpretation, triggers and high risk situations. The training will also include personal reflection and rehearsal time of part of the course.
• A PDF course manual with handouts for participants
• Downloads of the guided meditations
• A copy of the Eight Step Recovery publication
The three day non-residential course will be led by Dr Valerie Mason-John MA (hon doc).
The course will be delivered by Dr Valerie Mason-John, an award winning co-author of Eight Step recovery – Using the Buddha’s Teaching to Overcome Addiction and Detox your Heart – Meditations on Emotional Trauma. She is one of the leading African descent voices on mindfulness and addiction
She is also the Chair of Vancouver Buddhist Centre and has pioneered Recovery Mondays in the city of Vancouver, and across the USA and UK. She regularly leads retreats for the twelve step community and other recovery communities in Canada. She has been in recovery from bulimia / anorexia nervosa for nineteen years and has lived a clean and sober life since 2002. She recovered by using meditation and diligently worked a recovery programme.
“Vimalasara Mason-John is one of the most profound teachers of our time. She leads her studies with love, compassion and lived experience. Her teachings will change the way you see and treat yourself and other living beings.” Dr Neil Stephenson, a medical doctor running an addiction clinic in Norway.
“This fascinating course led by Vimalasara gave us a great insight, on both a practical and theoretical level, of the various ways in which mindfulness techniques can be used to help others recover from addiction – and more importantly stay in recovery. I would highly recommend it to any professional working in the healthcare or substance misuse field.” Liam Watson (MSc, BSc (Hons), PGDip), Director, Drugstraining.com
The training is suitable for health care providers working in the field of addiction in its broadest definition and/or for people who are familiar (or trainers) with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness for Depression approaches. Group skills and teaching skills are preferred but not a requirement.
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