Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictions: Volume II
by Devin Ashwood
This video set will give you an excellent foundation for mindfulness-based therapy—particularly with clients in recovery. Here, mindfulness experts Dr. Sarah Bowen and Devin Ashwood offer a rich overview and a live group process demonstration using tools from Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP).
In Volume 2, Dr. Sarah Bowen begins with an overview of her research and the three primary foundations of MBRP. Based on the idea that people tend to relapse when they’re feeling something they don’t want to feel, the method offers a well-rounded set of skills designed to support clients’ ability to identify, observe, and diffuse challenging internal states. From there, you’ll watch Ashwood facilitate key sections of an eight-week MBRP course. You’ll witness the practices of “urge surfing,” the “mountain meditation,” and the “SOBER breathing space,” among others, and you’ll see multiple demonstrations of how to lead group inquiry around each activity. Ashwood also provides useful commentary throughout, describing his goals and noting places where practitioners can make the methods their own.

What therapists are saying…

"In this video you will be in the hands of two of the leading trainers and researchers in mindfulness-based relapse prevention in the world - Devin Ashwood and Sarah Bowen. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are gifted communicators. The balance of teaching, case examples and reflection is highly effective in conveying MBRP's background, theory and practice, whilst holding the heart of mindfulness-based programs. The video places the MBRP teachers' experience front and central, supporting learning as part of a training pathway. We know from at least three high quality randomized trials that MBRP is effective; what these videos do is support prospective MBRP teachers develop the competencies to ensure MBRP's potential is realized through competent teaching that enables people overcome their struggles with addiction."

-- Willem Kuyken, Professor and Director, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre
"These training videos provide an excellent introduction into how to bring a mindfulness based approach to working with relapse prevention for Addiction, both individually and within a group setting. They are skillfully presented by a trainer who has extensive knowledge of both the psychological and behavioral aspects of Substance Abuse and teaching Mindfulness based approaches. Through teaching mindfulness practices linked to common processes of relapse, the trainer demonstrates how to invite new perspectives and attitudes towards addictive behaviors that motivates change and develops mindfulness tools with which to respond and to maintain that change."

-- Jody Mardula, Senior Mindfulness Trainer; previous Director of the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice, Bangor University; Head of Counseling & Training for CAIS the North Wales Drug & Alcohol Agency for 19 years

Length of video: 02:05:13

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream

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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-470-3

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-470-3

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-471-1

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-471-0

Devin Ashwood has worked in a range of substance misuse settings and is currently program leader and lecturer in addictions counseling for the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and the University of Bath. His specialties include mindfulness, interpersonal group therapy and cognitive therapy. He has been working in private practice as a therapist and supervisor for over ten years and has been delivering and teaching interpersonal group therapy since 2006. Devin’s work with the Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) authors Sarah Bowen and Neha Chawla has helped develop and deliver a version of MBRP compatible with rolling treatment programs as well as an advanced training pathway for mindfulness teachers. He has been practicing mindfulness since 1999 and has studied with, and conducted research at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice on the University of Bangor’s master’s program. Devin leads a number of meditation groups and retreats throughout the year including offering his time as a Buddhist Chaplain to the prison service.
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