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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer: Gently Turning Towards

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer: Gently Turning Towards

Trish Bartley, John Teasdale (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-119-95405-7 December 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 420 Pages


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Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer presents an eight-week course for MBCT which has been tried and tested over ten years of clinical use, and is targeted specifically for people with cancer.
  • There is growing evidence of mindfulness as a successful and cost-effective intervention for reducing the negative psychological impact of cancer and treatment  
  • Draws upon the author’s experience of working with people with cancer, and her own recent experience of using mindfulness with cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Stories from cancer patients illustrate the learning and key themes of the course
  • Includes new short practices and group processes developed by the author
Contributors ix

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xix

Introduction 1

Personal Story – Trish 4

Part One Mindfulness and The Cancer Journey 11

1. Mindfulness and Cancer 13

2. Cancer – The Psychological Implications 23
Stirling Moorey and Ursula Bates

3. Cancer – The Medical Implications 33
Nicholas S. A. Stuart

4. The First Circle – Cancer and the Circle of Suffering 43

Personal Story – Beryl 48

Part Two The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer Programme 53

5. Starting Out 55

Personal Story – Sally 67

6. The Eight Week Course 72

• Week One 73

• Week Two 91

• Week Three 111

• Week Four 130

• Week Five 150

• Week Six 170

• All Day 186

• Week Seven 194

• Week Eight 215

• The Follow Up Class 230

7. The Second Circle: Mindful Awareness and the Circle of Practice 243

Personal Story – Derek 250

8. The Practices 254

The Core Practices 255

The Short Practices 269

Personal Story – Bridget 284

9. Mindfulness In Palliative Care 289
Ursula Bates

10. After The Eight Week Course 303

11. The Third Circle – Being and the Circle of Presence 310

Part Three The Practitioner Teacher 319

12. Introducing The Teacher 321

13. Embodying The Practice 328

14. Facilitating The Learning 340

15. The Three Circle Model: A Formulation of MBCT for Cancer (MBCT-Ca) 354
Trish Bartley and Ursula Bates

Personal Story – Geraint 364

Epilogue 370

Resources and Links 376

Bibliography 378

Sources and Permissions 388

Index 390

“The author's wish to share her expertise is commendable. Written from a wealth of experience and conviction, the book is a valuable tool for anyone involved in dealing with the psychological aspects of cancer care.”  (Doody’s, 4 January 2013)