Mindfulness-based Interventions: the Current State of the Art



Thorsten Barnhofer is a researcher, clinician and mindfulness teacher. His research investigates the use of mindfulness training to counter vulnerability for depression and other mental disorders across the lifespan. He holds a chair in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey.


Training Information 

About the Workshop

Mindfulness-based interventions were originally introduced as a means of helping people to reduce stress. Over the almost 30 years since then, it has become increasingly obvious how stress can translate into lasting changes in psychological and biological characteristics that confer an increased vulnerability for physical and mental disorders. Depression and related mental disorders are now seen as potentially progressive conditions, starting early in life and often taking a recurrent course that increases risk for chronic physical as well as neurodegenerative disorders. Mindfulness-based interventions are now being investigated as a means of reversing vulnerabilities over this entire spectrum of disorders.

The current workshop will offer an overview of the current state of the art of research on mindfulness for stress reduction and the prevention of mental disorders. We will explore the current scientific understanding of how different mechanisms of action can be harnessed through different practices, what the changes are that can be achieved with mindfulness-based interventions, where the limits of the current interventions are, and how the second generation of MBIs that is currently being developed might overcome them.

Who is the training for?

This workshop is aimed at practitioners and scientists who would like to like to broaden their understanding of the current state of the art of research into mindfulness-based interventions.

Date and venue

Monday 15th October 2018.

University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Washington Singer building, Perry Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG.

Room 028


The cost of the event is £75.

To book a place, please go to our online store.

For any enquiries, plesae email mindfulness@exeter.ac.uk