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Online – Letting in the Light: Using Mindfulness Practice to Reconnect to Positive Emotion, Experience and Wellbeing

December 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT


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).

The workshop is led by Barney Dunn (a clinical psychologist who leads a programme of work understanding and treating PVS disturbances in clinical groups and has developed ADepT) and Megan Colletta (a IAPT high intensity therapist and mindfulness practitioner with experience of ADepT). Both work at the AccEPT clinic at the University of Exeter, which regularly delivers MCBT for depression and MBCT for Life to clinical and non-clinical populations.

This workshop assumes you have a working knowledge of mindfulness and some experience of using it in clinical or non-clinical settings.

It is particularly relevant for clinicians offering MBCT and Mindfulness for Life (MCBT-L) in group settings or using mindfulness informed approaches in their work.

It is also relevant for 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 Details

December 9, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT
Event Category:
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Specific Audience:
This workshop will assume familiarity with core MBCT programmes and a working knowledge of principles of CBT. People particularly likely to benefit will be clinicians who are regularly delivering mindfulness groups or integrating it into their individual therapy practice and who wish to learn how to build positivity in individuals suffering from low wellbeing or anhedonia (a loss of interest or pleasure). This workshop is a stand alone event and not linked to teacher training
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