It is common for symptoms of anxiety and depression to occur together. Anxiety refers to excessive tension, nervousness, and worry about everyday things, that typically lasts for months or even years; while depression refers to prolonged periods of sadness, loss of interest, poor concentration, and feelings of worthlessness.
This program incorporates principles of both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Training, and was developed to help people who are troubled by both sets of symptoms. It is based on our Mixed Depression and Anxiety Course – the course that primary care clinicians generally find most useful for their patients.
Mindfulness is a specialised skill in mental awareness, attention, and acceptance that is associated with numerous health benefits. Mindfulness training allows practitioners to develop a deeper understanding of the mind, and a more accepting and compassionate relationship to their internal and external experiences. It involves guided exercises to help individuals become aware of automatic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, and how to respond in more effective ways. Both CBT and Mindfulness have been found to be helpful in treating anxiety and depression.
Who will find this course useful?
- People who have had attacks of anxiety and periods of depression at various times.
- People who frequently experience both sets of symptoms, whether or not they are currently suffering.
- People who are interested in learning about mindfulness and meditation.
The Mindfulness-Based CBT course is a comprehensive program, which consists of six online lessons to be completed over a 14 week period. We recommend approximately 2-3 hours per week reading the lessons and exploring course materials. We’ve found that people who get the most out of our programs spend about 3-4 hours per week completing the homework tasks and practise new skills on a daily basis. The number of exercises in the homework varies from week to week.
How much will it cost?
The course is A$59 for three months’ access.
What type of support will I receive?
This course is only available for enrolment under clinician guidance, and we recommend finding a clinician who is familiar with mindfulness practices. Before starting the course, we recommend that you discuss with your clinician how you can make contact, if you have questions or concerns as you proceed though the lessons.
How is the course structured?
Our online questionnaires help to establish how you are feeling. Results from the questionnaires are then relayed back to your clinician after each lesson. If you are undertaking a self-guided course, you will be notified by THIS WAY UP if your scores are above the acceptable range.
Our lessons are in a comic based format, where you can follow the journey of a character as they learn practical skills to combat anxiety and depression. They also learn how to maintain these skills, manage and reduce difficulties, and prevent symptoms from returning.
Download our summaries and activities to reinforce what you learnt in each lesson.
Listen to the audio files to guide you through the mindfulness exercises
Download additional activities and information that you can complete between lessons.
Schedule your next lesson using our online calendar and we’ll send you reminders for your next lesson.
I am so grateful to have been able to take part in this course and I can’t thank you enough for the support, knowledge and reassurance it has provided me with.”