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Table 1 Overview of MBCT sessions

From: Study protocol of a multicenter randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and treatment as usual in bipolar disorder

Theme of session Mindfulness exercises Didactic teaching Homework assignments
1. Automatic pilot • Raisin exercise
• Body scan
• Three-minute breathing space
• Bipolar disorder
• Rationale for mindfulness
• Body scan
• Mindful eating
• Mindful routine activity
• Three-minute breathing space
2. Dealing with barriers • Awareness of surroundings
• Body scan
• Sitting meditation – focus on breath
• Three-minute breathing space
• Relationship between thoughts and feelings • Body scan
• Three-minute breathing space
• Mindful routine activity
• Pleasant events calendar
3. Mindfulness of the breath • Sitting meditation – focus on breath and body
• Three-minute breathing space
• Floor yoga
• Awareness of pleasant events
• Automatic positive thoughts (mania)
• Recognition and managing core symptoms of mania
• Sitting meditation
• Floor yoga
• Mindful routine activity
• Unpleasant events calendar
• Three-minute breathing space
4. Staying present • Sitting meditation – focus on breath, body, sounds, and thoughts
• Three-minute breathing space
• Mindful walking
• Awareness of unpleasant events
• Automatic negative thoughts
• Recognition and managing core symptoms of depression
• Sitting meditation/ mindful walking/ floor yoga/ body scan
• Three-minute breathing space (regular)
• Three-minute breathing space (coping)
• Stressful events calendar
5. Allowing and letting be • Sitting meditation –focus on breath, body, sounds, and thoughts
• Standing yoga
• Three-minute breathing space
• Acceptance
• Stress
• Helping and non-helping thoughts
• Sitting meditation
• Standing yoga
• Three-minute breathing space (coping)
• Communication events calendar
6. Mindful communication (partner session) • Standing yoga
• Three-minute breathing space
• Mindfulness and bipolar disorder
• Communication – listening and speaking
• Sitting meditation/ mindful walking/ floor yoga/ body scan
• Three-minute breathing space
• Creating crisis intervention action plan
Silent day - 6 hours
7. Taking care of yourself • Sitting meditation – focus on breath, body, sounds, thoughts, emotions, and choiceless awareness • Recognizing symptoms of relapse
• Keeping in balance
• Relapse prevention plan
• Sitting meditation/ mindful walking/ floor yoga/ body scan
• Three-minute breathing space
• Adjusting relapse prevention plan Self-evaluation
8. The rest of your life • Three-minute breathing space
• Body scan
• Three-minute breathing space
• Preventing relapse
• Maintaining practice
• Reflection