The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Course

The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression focuses on teaching participants to make a simple yet radical shift in their relationship to thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive relapse.  Depression and anxiety are two of the most prevalent mental disorders in the United States Ding and Miller, 2017). Depression is one of the world’s most urgent health problems, affecting an estimated 350 million people (Ding and Miller, 2017). Moreover, depression is the leading cause of disability, and by the year 2030, depression is projected to be the number one cause of global disease burden (Ding and Miller, 2017). Depression and anxiety are affecting more and more people from various age groups, socio-economic statuses, and professional backgrounds. In order to meet the needs of various patient populations from various stages of the diseases, it is necessary for mental health professionals and those who working in healthcare fields to explore and examine full treatment options beyond traditional pharmacological and cognitive behavior treatments, as they may not be the ideal treatment for all. Among the various alternative treatments, studies on mindfulness-based therapy have yielded promising results and received increasing attention (Ding and Miller, 2017).