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. (For details about the manual, please see https://www.guilford.com/books/Mindfulness-Based-Cognitive-Therapy-for-OCD/Fabrizio-Didonna/9781462539277/summary).
This step-by-step intensive therapeutic program aims to help individuals with OCD to recognize and overcome the specific and/or generic cognitive biases and dysfunctional mechanisms that activate and maintain their disorder, to learn new effective strategies to neutralize those mechanisms, and to develop stable and healthy ways to relate to their internal experience.
The aim of this lecture is to illustrate the rationale, agenda, and contents of the model, specify the basic tenets and key features of MBCT for OCD and share preliminary findings on its effectiveness.
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.