Online 8+All-Day courses

These are the courses currently available to you.

There are two types of online mindfulness courses offered by ELK-Health.

The first is a backup for people going to our group Face-to-face sessions. These are so that you can go over again what you experienced in the group session, or for when you miss a physical session. They are available on a rolling system as you advance through the Face-to-face programme.

The second is a stand-alone online course which happens at set times.  Each session is repeated at least once.

Please note that times given here are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) – which is the same as Universal Time (UT). The UK and Ireland are currently one hour ahead of this due to Summer Daylight Savings.

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We regret that, currently, there are only Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses available online, although a Pain or Anxiety (MPC in PoA) course, and an Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course are being prepared. We recommend the online Health course from Breathworks. Please note that these courses are not free, are not operated by ELK-Health and, therefore, and do not carry our guarantee of a qualified talking therapist supervising each session. For many people, even if you do not quite fit the exact criteria, our MBCT course will be a useful support and guide for you.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT):
Sundays  09.30 – 11.30 GMT Starting 03/04/16
Sunday 03/04/16 09.30-11.30 GMT Session 1: Awareness and Automatic Pilot.
Sunday 10/04/16 09.30-11.30 GMT Session 2: Living in our Heads.
Sunday 17/04/16 09.30-11.30 GMT Session 3: Gathering the Scattered Mind.
Sunday 24/04/16 09.30-11.30 GMT Session 4: Recognising Aversion.
Sunday 01/05/16 09.30-11.30 GMT Session 5: Allowing / Letting Be.
Sunday 08/05/16 09.30-11.30 GMT Session 6: Thoughts are not Facts.
Sunday 15/05/16 09.00-15.00 GMT All-Day Practice together
Sunday 22/05/16 09.30-11.30 GMT Session 7: How can I best Take Care of Myself?
Sunday 29/05/16 09.30-11.30 GMT Session 8: Maintaining and Extending New Learning.

Mondays  18.00 – 20.00 GMT Starting 04/04/16
Monday 04/04/16 18.00-20.00 GMT Session 1: Awareness and Automatic Pilot.
Monday 11/04/16 18.00-20.00 GMT Session 2: Living in our Heads.
Monday 18/04/16 18.00-20.00 GMT Session 3: Gathering the Scattered Mind.
Monday 25/04/16 18.00-20.00 GMT Session 4: Recognising Aversion.
Monday 02/05/16 18.00-20.00 GMT Session 5: Allowing / Letting Be.
Monday 09/05/16 18.00-20.00 GMT Session 6: Thoughts are not Facts.
Monday 16/05/16 18.00-20.00 GMT All-Day Practice together
Monday 23/05/16 18.00-20.00 GMT Session 7: How can I best Take Care of Myself?
Monday 30/05/16 18.00-20.00 GMT Session 8: Maintaining and Extending New Learning.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a highly successful 2002 derivative from the original programme of the Modern Mindfulness Movement, which is called Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR was created in the early 1980s at the University of Massachusetts Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It combines many of the aspects of MBSR with a smaller amount of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

MBCT was created by three specialists, Zindel V Segal, J Mark G Williams and John D Teasdale, who were looking for a way to address recurring depression without the use of pharmaceuticals. Some of the basis for MBCT comes from John D Teasdale’s work in the early 1990s, with Philip Barnard, on a multi-layer way of looking at cognitive function called Interactive Cognitive Sub-systems. This hypothesised a Buddhist way of considering that everyone has a number of modes of thinking, the most important of which are “Being” and “Doing”. If one is in the wrong mode, or unaware of what mode one is in, then depression can become overwhelming, so the task was, firstly, to help people know what mode they were in, at any given moment when they stopped to enquire this simple fact about themselves and, secondly, to learn the skill needed to be able to move from one mode to another.

Professor Mark Wiliams, who was then at Bangor University, but went on to lead the University of Oxford’s Mindfulness Centre at Warnefield Hospital before his retirement in 2015, tells a wonderful story about how he, as a clinical psychologist who happened to also be a lay Anglican preacher, was full of uncertainty before their fact-gathering trip to Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn’s facility in Massachusetts. Their journey, though, convinced all of them, and the MBCT programme was born. The enormous advantage that Messrs Segal, Williams and Teasdale had was that research facilities were readily available to them almost instantly, due to their work. Within a very short time, their project, MBCT, was listed as an accredited procedure by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

As has become the norm with this and other more recently created courses, for example our course for Pain and Anxiety (MPC for PoA) the MBCT follows the pattern, created for the MBSR, by consisting of 8 sessions of just over 2 hours (usually over 8 weeks, and never less than 6) plus a 6 hour “All-Day” where everyone in the group has a special day learning a little more about being kind to themselves.

It is important to note that the mindfulness courses that you hear most about – because they have accreditation with the British NHS and many health providers around the world – are all in this “8+All-Day” format. We do not believe that the way to learn mindfulness is via the one or two day courses commonly offered – though short tasters of an hour or so, to enable you to give mindfulness a try so you can see whether an 8+All-Day is for you, are well worth a visit.

Current understanding of this course shows that you are likely to benefit from it:

if you have more stress than you like in your life
if you have a feeling of anxiety about the future often
if you have moods that seem to be overwhelming and unpredictable sometimes
if you have recurring bouts of depression – evidence suggests that the more you have had, the more likely it is that MBCT will stop the depressive bouts
if you have difficulties with getting the sleep you need
if you have been dealing with a long-term difficulty at home or work

It may also be useful for:

people hearing voices
people who are sometimes overwhelmed by feelings of anger against themselves or others

The Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy programme is based on ancient Buddhist practice but is, in no way, religious in content. This course is one of several described as secular, clinical mindfulness and is suitable for people of any religion, or those who choose to have no religion.

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Deposit: Because each course is supervised by a qualified talking therapist or counsellor, spaces are limited. It is also important that you complete the programme (if you miss the showing of a session, you can pick up another showing a few days later). The deposit is UK£20 / €25  / US$30 and it is returned to you at the last session. [Dropdown with options: I am able to pay this deposit now  / I am unable to do this – please contact me]