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Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictions (2-video series)

This new 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).
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Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictions (2-video series)
Mindfulness is all the rage among today’s clinicians—but how to use it with clients with longstanding addiction issues? In this 2-video set, mindfulness experts Dr. Sarah Bowen and Devin Ashwood demonstrate several core practices of MBRP, presented in a live outpatient group recovery setting. If you work with clients in recovery—or any clients needing help attuning to their shifting emotional states—this set will give you a strong starter kit of mindfulness-based interventions.

You’ll witness practices including the “body scan,” “urge surfing,” and the “SOBER breathing space,” and you’ll see multiple demonstrations of how to lead group inquiry around each activity. Ashwood provides useful commentary throughout, describing activity goals and noting places where practitioners can make the methods their own.

This inspiring series offers a rich array of skills and practices to help you feel more prepared to conduct your own mindfulness work with clients. You may purchase each volume separately, or save by buying the complete set.
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"These films offer a rare and valuable peek inside of MBRP sessions, providing practical insight into the skills and rationale behind expert facilitation. This is a much-needed and artfully created resource for both clinicians in training, as well as professionals looking to hone their skills."
--Sarah Bowen, PhD; Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington; author, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's Guide

"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. These videos support prospective MBRP teachers to 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 and previous Director of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University; Head of Counselling and Training for CAIS the North Wales Drug and Alcohol Agency

"This video is an excellent supplement to the addiction counselor who is learning MBRP and wanting to enhance group presentation skills."
--Kay Colbert, LCSW, reviewed in The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
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As we in the field are quickly discovering, mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy helps clients build their capacity to safely tolerate emotional (and sometimes, physical) discomfort in order to ultimately move beyond it. In this video series, mindfulness and addiction experts Dr. Sarah Bowen and Devin Ashwood demonstrate a range of key skills in an eight-week group recovery setting. Full of rich practices and useful commentary, this series offers tools to support your work with clients, regardless of their clinical presentation.

Each video starts with an introduction of MBRP, including its clinical origins, phases of treatment, three primary foundations, and guiding tenets. Having developed this approach with a team of researchers under the mentorship of the late G. Alan Marlatt, an expert on harm reduction, Bowen notes the modality’s emphasis on using the practices to help clients become experts on themselves. Ashwood, noting that facilitation is best approached from a place of the clinician’s own experience rather than a script, challenges practitioners to lead from a place of personal resonance, rather than a detached “expert” role.

You’ll then watch Ashwood conduct mindfulness-based group therapy with clients in the early recovery phase of treatment. Group members practice the “body scan,” “walking down the street,” “urge surfing,” the “mountain meditation,” the “SOBER breathing space” (Stop, Observe, Breathe, Expand, and Respond), and the “friendliness meditation” geared toward self-acceptance—activities that Ashwood describes in detail and covers in the commentary provided.

If you’re in search of up-to-date resources on mindfulness, addiction and recovery, or group work, this video series is one you won’t want to miss.

By watching this series, you will:
  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of MBRP, and how they apply to clients in recovery.
  • Learn how to lead the practices of the “body scan,” “urge surfing,” the “SOBER breathing space,” and more.
  • Discover key skills for leading a mindfulness-based group inquiry.
Length of Series: 03:14:22
Number of Discs: 2
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
Devin  AshwoodDevin 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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Learning objectives:

  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of MBRP, and how they apply to clients in recovery.
  • Learn how to lead the practices of the “body scan,” “urge surfing,” "SOBER breathing space,”and other mindfulness exercises.
  • Discover key skills for leading a mindfulness-based group inquiry.