In-congress workshop “Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”

15 Mag 2021

In-congress workshop “Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for OCD is an innovative, standardized, and manualized treatment program designed to create significant clinical and life improvement in people who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Based on the research and clinical experience of Dr Fabrizio Didonna and documented in his handbook Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (New York, Guilford Press) the program integrates tools of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with the clinical application of mindfulness and compassion practices.

The heart of MBCT for OCD lies in acquainting patients with the modes of mind and cognitive mechanisms that characterize OCD, while simultaneously inviting them to develop a new relationship to their internal experience. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. These thoughts need not be disputed, fixed, or changed but are held in a decentered, disidentified, and accepting awareness, open to all mental and emotional contents. Over time and through intensive practice both during the sessions and at home, this step-by-step intensive therapeutic program aims to help individuals with OCD to recognize and overcome the specific and/or generic biases and dysfunctional mechanisms that activate and maintain their disorder, to learn new effective strategies to neutralize those mechanisms, and to develop stable and healthy ways to relate to their internal experience.

The aim of this introductory workshop is to understand the rationale, agenda, and contents of the model, specify the basic tenets and key features of MBCT for OCD and share preliminary findings on its effectiveness.


  1. Indicate the rationale and cultural and scientific basis of MBCT for OCD
  2. Understand the central role of mindfulness meditation acceptance, self-compassion and mindful exposure in facilitating the processes of decentering and disidentification, and in changing OCD pathological biases and mechanisms
  3. Specify the basic tenets and key features of MBCT for OCD
  4. Describe the session format and structure of MBCT for OCD
  5. Report the content of video examples of MBCT for OCD in group or individual setting
  6. Describe, based on personal experience, some of the exercises in the MBCT for OCD program
  7. Share preliminary findings on the effectiveness of the MBCT for OCD program