MBSR is the basic training course for anyone who wishes to deal healthier with stress. This program is offered inside and outside the health services. MBCT is commonly offered in mental health care settings as a relapse prevention method for those who had previous episodes of depression.
Meanwhile there are several adaptations of MBSR and MBCT for more specific problems, such as: chronic pain, fatigue, burn-out, cancer, anxiety, current depression, bipolar mood disorders, eating disorders, relapse prevention in addiction problems, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, psychotic vulnerability, personality problems; or for specific phases in the human life cyclus: children, adolescents, parents, couples and the elderly.
Many offer MBSR and MBCT in an integrated programme for mixed groups, not only for logistical reasons but also because the method of mindfulness and self-inquiry is in itself not aimed at a particular complaint, disorder or problem. Rather than the content, we investigate the relationship with our ‘dis-ease’, in whatever form it presents.
It is recommended to follow a course with one of the certified mindfulness teachers, nowadays to be found in many countries with Mindfulness Training Institutes. In the Netherlands and Belgium one is referred to the site of the VMBN, the Dutch and Flemish Society of Mindfulness Teachers.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom
but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.