Course Description

Hours: 12

“Mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) is a program integrating mindfulness meditation practices with traditional relapse prevention (RP).”1 MBRP blends meditation practices with cognitive behavioral relapse prevention skills. It is designed as an aftercare program and is conducted in a group therapy format. This two-day workshop will provide an overview of the eight weekly sessions. The purpose of the MBRP program is to increase awareness of triggers, habitual patterns and “automatic” reactions that can lead to relapse. Participants will be introduced and guided through key practices within the model. *Please note this is an experiential workshop.

*Note: This workshop is designed for helping professionals. The content and discussions may be triggering for those in recovery.
1  Bowen, S., Chawla, N., Grow, J., & Marlatt, G. A. (2021). Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors, Second Edition: A Clinician's Guide. Guilford Publications. 

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:  

  • Define and describe relapse, the relapse process and key concepts (triggers, cravings, high-risk situations).
  • Explain the program model, its background, theory, structure and special considerations.
  • Provide an overview of each session within the eight-session program.
  • Describe key practices (urge surfing and SOBER Breathing).
  • Summarize how to use the group-based content in individual sessions.
  • Highlight important considerations for delivering MBRP on a virtual platform.

Supplementary Resources

  • Bowen, S., Chawla, N., Grow, J., & Marlatt, G. A. (2021). Mindfulness-based relapse prevention for addictive behaviors: A clinician's guide. Guilford Publications. 
  • Chen, P., & Jindani, F. Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Problem Gambling, Second ed.

CACCF: 12 continuing education hours 


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-5128

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
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9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jun 17, 2024 to Jun 18, 2024
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Registration Fee non-credit $370.00
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Instructor: Michelle Nogueira, RSSW, CAC II, CPGC, IGDC

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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