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The 8 week Feeling Tone Program: Exploring the Second Foundation of Mindfulness: VIRTUAL CE

  • 10/21/2024
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Virtual (all events are Eastern time)


  • Includes 1 CE credit. Non-Psychologist licensed professionals outside of the USA, please check with respective licensing boards for CE eligibility. Out-of-state or out of USA members welcome.
  • Includes 1 CE credit for psychologists licensed in all 50 states. Out-of-state members are welcome to first become a PBTA member in order to receive PBTA member registration access.
  • No CE available for this level of registration


Mindfulness-Based Programs (MBPs) and the evidence-based adaptations on which they are grounded, have been shown to be trans-therapeutic interventions of benefit to those with a range of transdiagnostic emotional disorders. One such adaptation, the 8-week Feeling Tone program, focuses on feeling tone, or vedana, the second foundation of mindfulness. The key elements of the Feeling Tone program are described in this virtual CE training, during which you will be introduced to the Buddhist Psychological Model, a framework for understanding the central role of feeling tone in perpetuating aversion and attachment. An experiential demonstration will provide the opportunity to cultivate the key skills trained in this program. 

Required reading (Access will be given via email to registrants)

Grabovac, A. D., Lau, M. A., & Willett, B. R. (2011). Mechanisms of mindfulness: A Buddhist psychological model. Mindfulness, 2(3), 154–166.

Suggested Reading (click below to download)

Williams, J. M. G., Baer, R., Batchelor, M., Crane, R. S., Cullen, C., De Wilde, K., ... & Taylor, L. (2022). What Next After MBSR/MBCT? An Open Trial of an 8-Week Follow-on Program Exploring Mindfulness of Feeling Tone (vedanā). Mindfulness13(8), 1931-1944.

CE Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

Objectives (updated)

  1. Describe the skills trained in the Feeling Tone program 
  2. Explain the role of feeling tone (vedana) in perpetuating aversion and attachment using the Buddhist Psychological Model framework
  3. Experience a meditation that explores several ways of approaching feeling tone

About Presenters

Mark Lau, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and a registered psychologist in private practice at the Vancouver CBT Centre.  Dr. Lau has over 25 years experience providing Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to individuals and groups; conducting MBCT and CBT research; providing leadership in developing models of mental health care delivery including innovative ways of delivering MBCT & CBT; and, providing leadership in training and education including providing MBCT single and multi-day professional trainings across North America, Europe and Australia for mental health professionals.  Mark is also an MBCT teacher trainer/mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute and is one of a handful of MBCT trainers who provide the 5-day MBCT Professional Training in North America.  He has provided MBCT & Fostering Resilience workshops to psychiatrists, physicians, UBC internal medicine residents, university research administrators and college staff.  Dr. Lau’s research interests include investigating the mechanisms underlying MBCT’s effectiveness, the development and validation of the Toronto Mindfulness Scale, and evaluating effective methods of disseminating MBCT and CBT.  He is a former Associate Editor of the journal Mindfulness.

Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and Co-Director of the North American Chapter of the Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MiCBT) Institute. She has practiced inpatient psychiatry for 20 years at Vancouver Hospital, and her outpatient work focuses on mindfulness-based treatments to treat anxiety, depression and other clinical conditions.

For the last 15 years she has been training physicians and mental health clinicians nationally and internationally in the delivery of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and MiCBT, both of which are evidence-based treatments for mental health conditions. She also co-facilitates 5 day Cultivating Wellbeing retreats for physicians and their spouses. She is a clinician trainer and mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute in California, the Center for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, and the MiCBT Institute in Australia. She is Co-Investigator in CIHR trials comparing MBCT to CBT for sexual disorders, and has co-authored Canadian competency-based guidelines for training psychiatrists in Mindfulness Based treatments.

She serves as Associate Editor with the journal Mindfulness, and is an active member of the International Mindfulness Integrity Network. .

Target Audience

This presentation is intended only for licensed mental health professionals and advanced post-doctoral trainees. The instructional level of this presentation is BEGINNER and no previous formal meditation experience is required.

Continuing Education

  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is also approved by the NY State Education Department to offer psychology continuing education
  • This program provides one (1) hour of CE credits for those who attend the training in it's entirety (not missing more than 10 minutes).
  • PBTA is also an authorized provider of CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. Non-Psychologist Licensees outside of PA & practitioners outside of the USA please confirm eligibility with your specific licensing or credentialing board.
  • Full attendance with video display is required to obtain CE credit for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.

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