MBP Summer Intensive Program

Given the growing interest among psychotherapists of all theoretical orientations, this summer intensive program will explore the integration of mindfulness in psychotherapy. Therapists will learn to assess clients’ appropriateness for Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy (MBP), formulate a treatment plan in collaboration with the client based on MBP, incorporate mindfulness into their existing modality of counselling, and learn practices to incorporate mindfulness into their own daily life to enhance one’s own practice, relationship with patients, and treatment for patients.

The main emphasis of the program entails understanding mindfulness by cultivating a personal mindfulness practice, learning about current mindfulness research, and integrating mindfulness into one’s own everyday practice as a therapist, learning to enhance the therapeutic relationship with the use of mindfulness, and finally, learning about and integrating mindfulness into one-on-one and group counselling practice with a variety of clinical conditions.

In all, the program consists of 30+ hours of faculty/class contact along with case conference and consultation, and three days of retreat based practice. The program heavily relies on reading & practice of mindfulness outside of class time and focuses on incorporating mindfulness in psychotherapy.

Class Structure:

The program will be divided into the following components:

5 Day Intensive Mindfulness Based Symptom Management (MBSM) Training: This part of the training entails introducing the therapist to mindfulness. The 5 Day Intensive MBSM training program is based on the one offered at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, Canada. The program will take participants through the different practices of mindfulness as practiced in several mindfulness based intervention programs. The program is the base on which the psychotherapy component is built. To read more about the program go here.

Weekend Retreat Based Practice: This retreat is day-long and will begin at 11:00am and end at 5:00pm and will be led after the fourth week of class.

Upon completion of the above two components:

5-Week Psychotherapy Intensive, entailing:

  • Readings and discussion on the mindfulness and psychotherapy curriculum
  • Role-plays
  • Case conference
  • Weekend Retreat Based Practice

The curriculum of the 5-week psychotherapy intensive is as follows:

What is Mindfulness and how is it applicable to clinical work?

  • What is Mindfulness
  • The roles of Mindfulness
  • The Mindful Therapist
    • Do therapists benefit from mindfulness training?
    • Bringing mindfulness into the consulting room
    • Cultivating Mindfulness in the Therapeutic Relationship
    • Deepening therapeutic practice
    • Getting out of the way
    • Not knowing
    • Relational mindfulness
    • Practical ethics
  • Mindfulness Informed Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy: Teaching mindfulness in therapy
    • Concentration practices
    • Open Monitoring practices
    • Loving-Kindness and Compassion practices
    • Equanimity practice
  • Mindfulness with Various Clinical Populations and Disorders
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Psychophysiological disorders
    • Trauma
    • Addiction
    • Couples
    • Eating disorders
    • Working with Children
  • Mechanisms of Mindfulness & Neurobiology of Mindfulness

Class materials and readings will be provided. Participants are expected to complete the 5 Day Intensive of the Mindfulness Based Symptom Management Program and continue to practice mindfulness in order to finish the 8-week psychotherapy intensive. This helps gain a deeper understanding of the use and practice of mindfulness.


4th May to 7th September

Timings: 10:30am to 1:00pm

Every Saturday

1st June: Day long retreat

26th July to 27th July: Overnight retreat

24rd August: Pause week


Who should attend?

Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and other Mental Health Professionals as well as students in Psychology. Preference will be given to those who are currently in practice, are keen on seeing clients, and who wish to deepen their understanding of mindfulness and its clinical applications.

Program Fee:

This summer intensive training including materials, refreshments and lunch on retreat days, transport to and fro (a mid-point) on retreat days, case conference, supervision: Rs. 20,000/- only.

Installment plan is available

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A refund of the balance of tuition is not granted once the program begins.

Best suited for:


  • Mental health professionals who are interested in incorporating Mindfulness practices in their work with clients.
  • Mental health professionals, students in psychology, life coaches, anyone in the helping field who would like to deepen their own personal practice of mindfulness and include mindfulness interventions with specific populations such as with people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma and pain management.
  • This is also an important intervention for families.
  • Hence, professionals interested in a short-term training program in incorporating mindfulness in their clinical work can join this program.

**This course involves a strong experiential component in the form of developing and continuing a daily personal mindfulness practice.

***Applicants will be screened for admission by Pause for Perspective


A certificate of Participation will be offered by the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic & Pause for Perspective.

Classes will be held at Pause for Perspective in Begumpet, Hyderabad.

Faculty in the Program

MAIN FACULTY: Aarathi Selvan NCC (USA) MPhil (ClPsy) 


SUPERVISOR/MENTOR & FACULTY (Faculty present via video conference): Lynette Monteiro PhD

Dr. Lynette Monteiro is a psychologist in private practice, Clinical Professor (University of Ottawa), and co-founder of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic (OMC). She is trained in MBSR, MBCT, MiCBT, Buddhist Chaplaincy, and is a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self Compassion. As Training Director for the Professional Training Program at the OMC and a Clinical Supervisor for doctoral candidates of the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Lynette has developed a comprehensive training program for professional training in Mindfulness Interventions. With her partner, Dr. Frank Musten, she developed the Mindfulness program at the OMC to directly address suffering as incongruence between ‘who we are’ and ‘who we wish to be’. Focusing on values which are the base upon which mindfulness rests, a framework of values guides the heart of mindfulness skills for well being.

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