ERIC Number: EJ1017349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
The Essence and Mechanisms of Mindfulness in Therapeutic Context
Charters, Wendy L.
Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, v47 n3 p342-360 2013
Based on classic Buddhist practices that do not assume pathology, mindfulness facilitates a shift in clients' relationship with suffering that mediates beneficial change. Neurological studies have demonstrated that this shift is both psychological and structural. In the 30 years since mindfulness first entered the lexicon of modern psychology, mindfulness-based interventions have emerged that depart from its historical, experiential roots. Such differences have led to uncertainty and confusion about the efficacy and essence of mindfulness, and its conceptualization. Unresolved, this confusion has implications for professional training, research, and therapeutic practice.
Descriptors: Metacognition, Buddhism, Behavior Change, Intervention, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Training, Stress Management, Relaxation Training, Trauma, Cognitive Restructuring, Cognitive Processes, Depression (Psychology), Neurosciences, Research Needs
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