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CPD Workshop: Introduction to MBCT for OCD

2 x 3 hour workshop sessions Workshop

with Dr Fabrizio Didonna
Location Online
Date 20/03/2024 - 27/03/2024
Time 18:00 - 21:00 GMT


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an innovative, standardized, and manualized treatment program designed to create significant clinical and life improvement in people who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Based on the research and clinical experience of Dr Fabrizio Didonna and documented in his handbook Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for OCD (New York, Guilford Press, 2020), the program integrates the most effective tools of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with the clinical application of mindfulness and self-compassion practices.

This therapeutic model is the culmination of twenty-five years of the founder’s work with hundreds of people affected by OCD, and more than two decades of practicing and teaching meditation, especially MBCT.

The Workshop

Led by  senior clinical psychologist, mindfulness teacher and retreat leader Fabrizio Didonna, Psy. D., this workshop analyzes the particular features of OCD patients’ relationship with their private experience, using a mindfulness-based perspective, and help to understand how this rapport might play an important activating and maintaining role in obsessive problems. Through mindfulness exercises and videos of MBCT for OCD sessions, the workshop explores the actual application of mindfulness and compassion practices in working with OCD patients. Furthermore, it explains the rationale, the agenda and contents of the therapeutic model and some practices of the program will be shared with participants.

The curriculum integrates didactic and experiential learning and includes some static meditations as well as active meditations.

The workshop will comprise two x 3 hour sessions on 20/03/24 and 27/03.24 from 18:00 – 21:00 UK Time

Other Training

Fabrizio Didonna will also be teaching a 6 day MBCT for OCD Branch Training workshop on 3/10/24 – 7/11/24 from 09:00 – 17:00: read more here

Suggested Reading

Didonna, F. (in press). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. New York:Guilford Press

Didonna, F. (2009). Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness. New York: Springer Publisher

Segal, Z., Williams, J.M., and Teasdale, J. (2012 2nd edition). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse. New York: Guilford Press

Zhang T, Lu L, Didonna F, Wang Z, Zhang H and Fan Q (2021). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Unmedicated Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial With 6-Month Follow-Up. Frontiers of Psychiatry 12:661807. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.661807


The OMF provides Confirmation of Attendance letters to all participants who attend and take part in all aspects of 100% of the training event, including break out rooms, with their camera on.

What will I do on this course?

This workshop includes teacher-led information sharing, group discussions and the opportunity to explore practices and exercises in smaller groups.
  • You will learn about the theoretical background and rationale for MBCT for OCD, the structure and sequence of the curriculum, and share some unique practices and exercises from this therapeutic program to have a direct experience of their possible effects on our mind and body.
  • Teaching techniques will include experiential exercises with participants, didactic presentation, video examples and samples of client handouts

Learning Outcomes

Key learning includes:
  • Reaching a clear understanding on how OCD works and the cognitive processes and biases that activate and maintain OCD problems.
  • Understanding, also through some mindfulness practices from the program, the central role of mindfulness meditation in facilitating the processes of decentering, disidentification and mindful exposure, which are pivotal in dealing with obsessive problems.
  • Highlighting the role of acceptance and self-compassion in changing OCD pathological biases and mechanisms.
  • Understanding the rationale as well as the cultural and scientific basis of MBCT for OCD
  • Illustrating the basic tenets and key features of the MBCT for OCD teacher training programme.
  • Sharing some outcome studies on the effectiveness of MBCT for OCD.

About the Teacher

Dr Fabrizio Didonna

I am a clinical psychologist, a senior mindfulness teacher, trainer, supervisor and author - and have been involved in mindfulness since the end of 90s and the beginning of MBCT. I am an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at the School of Medicine, University of Padova, Professor in the Institute for Lifelong Learning of the University of Barcelona and Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. I am also a Founder Director of the International MBCT for OCD Center, in Vicenza, Italy, and the developer of the therapeutic model, and author of the related manual, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Guilford Press, 2020, translated in Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French and Russian), the first manualized and validated mindfulness-based treatment model for OCD. I am also a Founder and Honorary President of the Italian Institute for Mindfulness (IS.I.MIND). I was for 25 years a Director of an inpatient Unit for Mood and Anxiety Disorders and a Unit for OCD at the Villa Margherita Private Hospital in Vicenza, Italy, where I implemented the MBCT model for hundreds of severe and hospitalized patients. I have trained in MBCT more than 2,000 patients in inpatient and outpatient settings. I also had the privilege to present scientific papers, lectures and workshops at a number of international conferences and universities worldwide, including Harvard and Oxford, and I published numerous articles, several chapters and three books. I am the Editor of the Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness (2009, Springer), the first manual on the clinical applications of mindfulness meditation (translated in five languages). I very much enjoy supervising mindfulness teachers from different parts of the world and giving workshops and training retreats, in particular in the field of mindfulness and compassion in psychotherapy and MBCT for OCD internationally, including United States, United Kingdom, China, Mexico, Spain, Panama, Israel, Finland and Poland.

CPD Workshop: Introduction to MBCT for OCD

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Applications closing: 18/03/2024
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