I'm very excited to introduce you to MindfulNoggin, our collaboration with leading experts in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to disseminate online MBCT training to therapists and other healthcare practitioners. MBCT is changing the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. We offer two asynchronous training courses: Mindful Mood Balance for Professionals, and the 3-Minute Breathing Space.
No, you're not on the wrong blog, and we haven't radically changed our business model. We are still leading developers of custom online courseware, and we still don't offer off-the-shelf training solutions. We've never envisioned ourselves as a product company, and we don't see that changing.
However, we've always been drawn to the tough cases, the content that people say can't be taught online. We have a long history of building courseware in the mental health space, and as a result of that work have built strong relationships with practitioners on the forefront of mental health research.
Our expert collaborators for MindfulNoggin are Dr. Zindel Segal, Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto-Scarborough and a co-developer of MBCT; and Dr. Sona Dimidjian, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and leading expert in cognitive and behavioral approaches to depression and the clinical application of contemplative practices. Together, we set out to solve one of the most pressing issues in MBCT: availability of training.
Traditionally, therapists have gone to in-person training sessions and retreats to learn and practice the core competencies of MBCT. And here is where those of you in corporate training will see the dots connect: in-person trainings are only as effective as they are available. Between travel constraints and lack of enough openings for everyone who wants to learn these practices, we saw a need for wider dissemination. Our courses don't replace the classroom training, but they do augment those schedules to help deliver MBCT to the widest possible audience. Further, they offer the other benefits of asynchronous online training that we all know and love:
- Consistency in messaging and delivery (no variation from instructor to instructor) from the field's top experts
- Flexiblity for busy therapists to complete training on their own time, as their schedules permit
- Engaging instructional design where people learn by doing
- Access to an online community of other learners and experts for real-time interactions
Along with offering the two courses to healthcare professionals for continuing education credits, we are blogging about issues in mindfulness, MBCT, dissemination, and online training. I invite you to check out MindfulNoggin and follow us on our journey.