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Novena: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - Sept 1-Oct 20 (Sat)

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Novena: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - Sept 1-Oct 20 (Sat)

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.

Dates: 8 Sessions (Sat)
Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20
Time: 2:30pm-5pm

Full day retreat: Oct 7 (Sun) from 9.30am to 5pm

(^SkillsFuture Credit can be applied and *Seniors enjoy a National Silver Academy subsidy)

Trainer: Dr Irene Tirtajana

Dr Irene Tirtajana commenced work at JurongHealth 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.

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

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.
- You should expect to receive your refund by the 3rd week from the course start date.

^ SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) Use:

- Log in to the SkillsFuture website http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit to submit your claim using your Singpass, and upload the Eventbrite Order Confirmation PDF as supporting document. You may submit your claim up to 60 days before start of course till day of course commencement.

- A step-by-step guide for your SFC claim: http://www.skillsfuture.sg/-/media/Initiatives/Files/SFC_UserGuide.pdf

- You are responsible for making your claim submission within the eligible time frame stipulated by SkillsFuture.

- For more help on making SFC claim:
• Please call the SkillsFuture Hotline: +65 6785 5785
• Or get help in person at the following Career Connect Centres:
@ Paya Lebar: 11 Eunos Road 8, #02-02 Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore 408601
@ Tampines: 1 Tampines Walk, #01-21 Tampines Hub Public Service Centre, Singapore 528523
@ Woodlands: 900 South Woodlands Drive, #04-07 Woodlands Civic Centre, Singapore 730900

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
- The NSA subsidy is for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 50 and above.
- Each senior is eligible to receive subsidies for no more than three short courses per institution per calendar year.
- Arrive 30 minutes before class starts to complete the application process.
- Submit a front and back photocopy of your NRIC.
- Sign the form for consent of use of personal data by C3A and relevant partners.
- 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:
- Brahm Centre allows for make-up classes - an admin fee of $10 applies
- Switching course dates: $30 plus any fee difference

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