Attending the MBCT Orientation session September 16th at 10:00 to 11:30 am (ET), followed by a very brief individual interview meeting are the only prerequisites for this course. As per NY licensing requirements, participants in this group must also be residents of New York.
The Actors Fund is offering a free 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course for those in the performing arts and entertainment, ages 50+, living in New York State. This 8-week group offers participants an opportunity to develop skills for reducing the feeling of stress and anxiety in life, and to meet the challenges of these times (often filled with uncertainty) with greater calm, clarity and joy. This will include teaching participants mindfulness meditation techniques, as well as integrating cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) insights.
Group participants will develop skills in mindful awareness - calming the body, quieting the mind and bringing balance to difficult emotions. By first noticing distressing moods and negative thoughts, and then pausing, rather than reacting automatically, they can create moments of choice in their lives. Research indicates that the benefits of practicing mindfulness include a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms, reduced rumination, less emotional reactivity, increased focus, and more cognitive flexibility.
The MBCT group program involves weekly attendance for the two-hour on-line session, as well as assigned daily mindfulness practices of up to an hour per day.
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