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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for OCD: A Treatment Manual

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for OCD: A Treatment Manual

by Fabrizio Didonna PsyD, Mark Williams DPhil

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This book presents the first treatment program that adapts the proven practices of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to meet the unique needs of people struggling with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD). Leading authority Fabrizio Didonna shows how techniques such as "mindful exposure" are uniquely suited to help OCD sufferers overcome intrusive thoughts and compulsive rituals while developing a new relationship to their internal experience. In a convenient large-size format, the book includes detailed instructions for implementing each of the 11 group sessions, complete with reproducible scripts for the guided mindfulness practices and 79 client handouts. Purchasers can download and print the reproducible materials at the companion website, which also provides audio recordings of the guided practices. A separate website for clients features the audio files and scripts only.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462540549
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 09/30/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 431
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Fabrizio Didonna, PsyD, is Professor in the Institute for Lifelong Learning of the University of Barcelona, Spain, and Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. A clinical psychologist, he is a teacher and trainer at several postgraduate schools of cognitive-behavioral therapy in Italy. Dr. Didonna is founder and President of the Italian Institute for Mindfulness and Scientific Director of the Institute-sponsored Master's Program in Mindfulness-Based Therapy. He is Coordinator of the Unit for Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the Villa Margherita private hospital in Vicenza, Italy, and Director of the MBCT for OCD Center in Vincenza. A long-time practitioner and teacher of meditation, he is an experienced instructor of mindfulness-based groups and has trained more than 2,000 participants in inpatient and outpatient settings. He was one of the first therapists to do mindfulness training with inpatients with severe disorders. Dr. Didonna has presented scientific papers, gives workshops and lectures internationally, and has published numerous articles, chapters, and books, including the Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness.

Table of Contents

I. Theory and Conceptualization
1. What Is OCD?
2. A Mindfulness-Based Approach to OCD
3. The MBCT for OCD Program: Rationale, Structure, and Basic Principles
4. Preparing to Conduct MBCT for OCD and Participant Assessment
II. The MBCT for OCD Program
5. Session 1: Understanding What Mindfulness Is
6. Session 2: Understanding OCD and How Mindfulness Helps
7. Session 3: Helping Family Members and Partners Support Patients with OCD
8. Session 4: Understanding One’s Mistrust and Developing Real Trust
9. Session 5: Using the Senses to Develop Trust
10. Session 6: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Thoughts
11. Session 7: Developing Acceptance as a Core Step to Change
12. Session 8: Mindful Doing and Mindful Exposure
13. Session 9: Developing Self-Compassion and Self-Forgiveness
14. Session 10: Learning to Take Risks
15. Session 11: Facing Life with Trust and Dealing with Obstacles Effectively
Appendix. Training and Supervision in MBCT for OCD

Audio Downloads:
1. Introduction (3:57)
2. Body Scan: Mindfulness of the Body (Sessions 1 and 2) (20:59)
3. Mindfulness of the Breath (Session 1) (11:12)
4. Sitting Meditation: Mindfulness of the Breath and Body (Session 2) (18:21)
5. Breathing Space (Sessions 4–6) (6:18)
6. Sitting Meditation: Mindfulness of the Breath, Body, Sounds, Emotions, and Thoughts (Sessions 4 and 5) (10:19)
7. Mindful Walking (Session 4) (19:41)
8. Mindful Movements and Stretching (Sessions 5 and 11) (24:48)
9. Observing Mind Meditation (Sessions 6–11) (21:51)
10. R.E.A.L. Acceptance Practice (Session 7) (21:46)
11. Mindful Exposure (Sessions 8–11) (16:35)
12. Mindful Walking with Verbal Stabilizers (Session 8) (5:49)
13. Self-Compassion Practice (Sessions 9–11) (32:25)
14. Self-Forgiveness Practice (Sessions 9–11) (13:15)
15. Bus Driver Exercise (Session 11) (15:54)


Mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, counselors, and psychiatric nurses. May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.

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