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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy - 8 Sessions from May 27

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Brahm Centre@MacPherson

55 Pipit Road


Singapore, Singapore 370055


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Break the cycle of anxiety, stress and unhappiness with MBCT

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them. MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.

What are some of the benefits of this course?

  • Reduces depression
  • Enhances ability to cope effectively with stress
  • Improves well-being and sleep quality

In this course, we will investigate the following themes:

Session 1: Awareness and Automatic Pilot

Session 2: Living in Our Heads

Session 3: Gathering the Scattered Mind

Session 4: Recognising Aversion

Session 5: Allowing/Letting Be

Session 6: Thoughts Are Not Facts

Session 7: How Can I Best Take Care of Myself

Session 8: Maintaining and Extending New Learning

What will this course include?

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices (choice of sitting on a chair/cushion/yoga mat)
  • Highly participatory, group dialogue and discussions aimed at understanding our own mind patterns and habits
  • Daily mindfulness assignments
  • Downloadable daily practice audio files
  • Handouts will be given each session

You will be meditating while sitting on a chair.

Suitable for adults and teenagers 16 and above.

Date: May 27 - Jul 15 (Wed) 8 Sessions

Time: 7pm-9.30pm

Venue: Brahm Centre@MacPherson

Full day retreat: 5 Jul 2020 (Sun) from 9.30am to 5pm

Trainer: Dr Irene Tirtajana

Dr Irene Tirtajana commenced work at Jurong Health Campus in 2012 and currently practises as a Consultant in the Department of Psychiatry of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. In her clinical role, Dr Tirtajana provides care to medically ill patients with psychiatric conditions as well as general psychiatry patients. Her special interests lie in mindfulness-based interventions and the psychological correlates of chronic diseases.

Dr Tirtajana obtained both her basic medical degree and Master of Medicine in Psychiatry from the National University of Singapore. She obtained her specialist accreditation in 2014. She has worked at various hospitals in Singapore and managed patients from a broad range of psychiatric sub-specialties during her training.

Beyond her clinical role, Dr Tirtajana is a member of NTFGH’s Clinical Ethics Committee. She also serves on the Transplant Ethics Committee of the National Organ Transplant Unit.

Dr Tirtajana is a Clinical Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Apart from teaching medical students, she has given talks and presentations on a range of mental health topics to fellow doctors, Allied Health Professionals and members of the public.

Registration Process:

If you wish to use your SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) towards this course, please first register and pay a deposit online on Brahm Centre’s Eventbrite page. You will receive an Eventbrite Order Confirmation PDF, which you can then use to upload on the SFC website to make your claim submission. Your course deposit will be returned to your credit card (online payment) or by cheque (cash/nets payment) when Brahm Centre receives the funds from SFC, subject to the amount successfully claimed.

Research Opportunity

All participants in the MFC course are invited to take part in a collaborative research study between Brahm Centre and Duke-NUS Medical School. We will send you an e-mail within a week with more details of this study, which is questionnaire-based. It will take about 1 hour in your own time and you will be compensated $15.

^ SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) Use:

For more help on making SFC claim:

  1. Please call the SkillsFuture Hotline: +65 6785 5785
  2. Or get help in person at the following Career Connect Centres:

Career Connect Centres Operating Hours:

Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

* National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy

  1. The NSA subsidy is for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 50 and above.
  2. Arrive 30 minutes before class starts to complete the application process.
  3. Sighting of NRIC is required on the first day of class for verification
  4. Participants who do not fulfill the above criteria will not be eligible for NSA funding and will be required to pay the course fee in full; no refunds will be provided.

Please Note:

  1. All course registrations are NON-refundable.
  2. Transfer of selected mindfulness courses is subject to a $30 transfer fee and a $10 admin fee for a mindfulness make-up class.
  3. There are NO transfers or make-up classes available for all other courses.

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