Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) Training

Wed 3 July - 9am - 5pm, Thurs 4 July - 9am - 5pm, Fri 5 July - 9am - 5pm
Breathing Space London

The training is for experienced meditation practitioners, people with an understanding of mindfulness, and health care providers working in the field of addiction.

MBAR is a member of The British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches BAMBA

This course is also for those people with lived experience of addiction and recovery and who want to have a deeper understanding of their or their friends and families condition. It is a standalone course, or part of the training if you want to become an MBAR Facilitator.

Why do the training?

The training has several outcomes.

• This is perfect for people who just want a deeper understanding of addictive and compulsive behaviours and how to work with them more effectively

• This is the perfect course if you are wanting some professional development and want to reflect on your work practise

• This course enables and empowers individuals to begin using the tools and skills in their personal and or professional life with groups or individuals.

• An opportunity to deliver some of the exercises, interactive games and meditations in your work place

• You must do this training if you want to become a facilitator of this 8 week program

Outcomes of the Training

· Understand the MBAR course and be able to co-facilitate a course in your institution as part of your work practice or at your local Buddhist centre.

· Understand the nature of addiction and compulsive behaviours and how it relates to your own life.

· Understanding of meditation and mindfulness in relation to addiction.

· Identify your existing skills in working effectively with mindfulness for addictions and compulsive behaviours and increase your confidence in applying them.

About the Training

MBAR is a mindfulness-based approach to preventing relapse and promoting recovery from addiction. Originally called mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP), the course was developed by Dr. Paramabandhu Groves (in collaboration with Valerie Mason-John). Dr Groves has led it at Breathing Space and in the NHS since 2005. Valerie Mason-John has also delivered the course in the UK, Europe, Mexico, Canada and USA. The course can be delivered 2 hours a week for 6 to 8 consecutive weeks.

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 in meditation. MBAR models such as the vicious cycle, fact and interpretation, triggers and high risk situations will be introduced. There will also be personal reflection and rehearsal of parts of the course.

If you have a question or would like more information about the training please email eightstepsrecovery@gmail.com

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Award winning author of eleven books, Dr. V Mason-John (hon.doc) M.A has been named one of the leading Afrikan Descent voices in the field of mindfulness approaches for addiction. They are a founding facilitator of Dr. Gabor Mate's compassionate Inquiry, and work intensively in the field of trauma, addictive and compulsive habits. Their new book:  First Aid Kit For the Mind: Breaking the Cycle of Habitual Behaviours will be published in May 2024.

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