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CPD Workshop – Letting the light in: building wellbeing through reconnection with positive emotion

June 17, 2024 @ 9:00 am - June 24, 2024 @ 1:00 pm BST


Letting in the light: using mindfulness practice to reconnect to positive emotion experience and wellbeing.

There are two fundamental emotional systems of mind: a negative valence system (NVS) that drives negative affective experience and regulates withdrawal from threatening or punishing stimuli and a positive valence system (PVS) that drives positive affective experience and regulates approach to rewarding or nourishing stimuli. To be able to make the most of opportunities in life and deal well with the challenges life throws at us, it is helpful for us all to learn how to regulate both of these systems. Many individuals struggling with mental health difficulties, like depression, experience difficulties in both of these tasks.

Historically, the explicit emphasis in the family of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy interventions has been helping individuals to change how they relate and react to negative thoughts and feelings that emerge from the NVS. However, there is increasing recognition that mindfulness can also helpfully change how individuals relate and react to positive thoughts and feelings that emerge from the PVS. This is reflected in the wellbeing and flourishing emphasis of novel curricula like Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L).

This workshop aims to help mindfulness teachers develop their capacity to build positive emotion experience through up-regulation of the PVS during courses. The rationale for focusing on the PVS will be presented, what we know about how mindfulness currently acts on the PVS and how this relates to outcomes will be discussed, and a range of techniques from emerging PVS therapies that can be integrated into mindfulness courses will be introduced.

The workshop will run over two sessions on Mondays 17th and 24th June from 09.00 – 13.00 UK time (9.00am – 1.00pm)

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Event Details

June 17, 2024 @ 9:00 am BST
June 24, 2024 @ 1:00 pm BST
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Specific Audience:
his workshop is a stand-alone event and is not linked to mindfulness teacher training The workshop is for mindfulness teachers who are familar with core MBCT programmes and a have working knowledge of principles of CBT It is particularly relevant to clinicians offering MBCT and Mindfulness for Life (MCBT-L) in group settings or using mindfulness-informed approaches in their work It is also relevant to others offering mindfulness-based interventions in non-clinical settings, as the focus will be on identifying and overcoming barriers to pleasure that many individuals encounter
Event Mindfulness Approach:
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
This event will be taught by:
Barney Dunn, Megan Colletta

Partner Profile

Oxford Mindfulness Foundation

Oxford Mindfulness Foundation

Registered Jun 2020
Training Partner


The Oxford Mindfulness Foundation is internationally recognised for mindfulness teaching and training. We collaborate with a number of international organisations to achieve our vision of a world in which there is universal access to mindfulness and a greater understanding and acceptability of the impact of mindful behaviour.




Oxford, United Kingdom