WATCH: 'Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Managing Fatigue' Book Launch and Workshop

Tutors: Fiona McKechnie with Rhonda Knight, Sarah Nearney, and Peter Gladwell 

Fiona McKechnie completed mindfulness training with Bangor University in 2016 and our colleagues, Rebecca Crane and Taravajra, have written the foreword to her new book  Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Managing Fatigue is based on an 8-week Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy programme, and addresses the increasing need for adapted mindfulness in the management of ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, Long Covid, and other chronic fatigue conditions.

Using current understanding and theoretical approaches to Long Covid and ME/ CFS, the book allows practitioners to understand how they can adapt their teaching to accommodate patients with specific needs and challenges, including adaptations for brain fog, approaches to rest, movement, daily activity and accompanying difficult thoughts and emotions. Contributions from people who manage ME, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue through mindfulness are included alongside practical guidance and detailed week-by-week session plans whether that’s in-person or online. This workshop will highlight the challenges of living with a fatigue syndrome, with an overview of the adaptations and short mindfulness practices discussed in the book will be offered throughout.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion. 

Mindfulness-based Therapy for Fatigue has been developed within the Bristol NHS ME and Pain Management Service.  It is an adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.  The adaptations have been developed over the past 12 years with participant collaboration and service evaluation. 

Who is the event for?

The event and the book would be of interest to mindfulness teachers who wish to understand more about fatigue syndromes and adaptations of MBCT and MBSR and to therapists who specialise in fatigue wishing to learn more about a mindfulness-based approach to fatigue management.  The book goes into detail about the ways in which self-management strategies outlined in current NICE guidance (2022) can be supported by a mindfulness-based approach.

The event may also be of interest to those living with fatigue and offers an introduction to mindfulness for fatigue.

This event is offered in collaboration with the Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) - an initiative to engage the wider mindfulness community and reach new audiences. Led by a Committee of Volunteers, supported by the Mindfulness Network, we work together to run a programme of donation-based events and inspiring content. The Committee ensures that the MNCF can best serve everyone by providing opportunities to practice and learn together. 

The event is free to watch. As a charity, we want to continue to provide bursaries and events for the mindfulness community. If you would like to make a donation, no matter how small, can do so here:

The Mindfulness Network and its volunteers take every care in their preparation of events to make sure they are appropriate for the audience. Please be aware that you are choosing to participate in our freely offered events at your own risk. We invite you to carefully consider your own personal circumstances and experience when joining these events. The Mindfulness Network Terms and Conditions apply (though payment and cancellation policies are not relevant for freely offered Events) and the Mindfulness Network can not accept any liability for any injury, loss, or damage, suffered during or in relation to the event, however, this may be caused.

  • Read more about the mindfulness for fatigue programme

  • Donation-based workshops hosted by Fiona McKechnie and supported by the Mindfulness Network Community Friends

    Monthly sessions on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 pm (UK Time)

    These workshops will be an opportunity to explore mindfulness and how it can support managing a fatiguing health condition. 

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