Vic Pub Discussion: Critiquing Mindfulness
- Nicholas Van Dam
Critiquing Mindfulness – Empirical status of mindfulness-based therapies and related issues.
Come along and start the year of the AACBT Vic Branch with a thoughtful critique and observations of ACT, DBT and more.
This presentation will draw on a recent review by Nicholas and a number of eminent contemplative practice researchers characterizing the limitations of the research base and what they felt they could conclusively say about such approaches for helping those with and without mental illness. It will also discuss a lack of interchangeability between the many therapeutic approaches that are often given the umbrella label of mindfulness-based treatments.
Mindfulness- and meditation-based therapies, as well as therapies based on mindfulness-related ideas (e.g., Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) have achieved an astounding level of popularity among both clients and therapists.
Despite their popularity, meta-analyses of efficacy among these treatments are, at best, inconclusive. Moreover, there are some serious adverse events associated with meditative practices, and mindfulness-based therapies may actually be contraindicated for certain individuals.
Come and join the discussion at the first Pub Discussion for 2018!
A pub discussion is a relaxed opportunity to observe a presentation on an interesting topic related to cognitive behavioural therapy. There are opportunities for the willing to engage in a discussion relating to the topic towards the end of the presentation.