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Mark Williams in Conversation with Rebecca Crane
July 27, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST
We warmly invite you to join us to celebrate 20 years of mindfulness at Bangor University through a series of monthly online events, talks and shared reflections, hosted by the Mindfulness Network.
The Mindfulness Centre at Bangor University was founded 20 years ago by Mark Williams, following his leadership there in developing MBCT. Over the last two decades, the centre has been at the forefront in the emergence of the field of mindfulness-based teaching, training, and research. This series of events celebrates the centre’s pioneering work. It also provides an opportunity to launch the new ‘Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers’ book – which is an edited gathering of 20 years’ work by the Bangor University training team. The book brings together in one volume a wealth of resources to accompany the mindfulness-based teacher on their training journey. It will be also be a much-needed reference for established teachers.
Each event will offer an opportunity to update current practice in a range of areas, and to gain a perspective on the evolving development process we are all part of. It will also enable us to come together as a community to support and nourish each other in our life and work.
During this talk Mark will be invited to reflect back on his life’s work in the field of Clinical Psychology. What were the threads that led to his focus on depression and suicidality? How did this evolve towards the development of MBCT? How did the field and his colleagues respond to the introduction of mindfulness as a potential methodology for depression prevention? How was it for him personally to take his work in the direction of mindfulness? Over 20 years on from the publication of the first trial of MBCT, the field of mindfulness-based research and practice has expanded exponentially – as he looks back at these developments, what does he see as the strengths and weaknesses of this body of work? Looking forward to the next phase of development, what are the potential opportunities and threats?
The workshop will take place online using Zoom.