Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) were originally introduced into healthcare settings for those, often with chronic health conditions, who were not responding adequately to traditional Western medical treatments. This training will focus on implementing MBIs adherently and competently with adult patients with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and disorders, including IBS and IBDs, as well as symptoms common in GI disorders (e.g., nausea, pain, reflux, etc.).
Original evidence-based MBI protocols include Mindfulness-Based- Cognitive Therapy, Stress Reduction, and Relapse Prevention. These are resource-intensive and often present engagement and compliance challenges for many with high levels of pain and distress and limited time and attention. With adaptations, however, patients can show engagement, application of skills in response to difficult experiences, and ultimately treatment response.
In this webinar, common adaptations adherent to evidence-based for people with GI symptoms and distress will be described. In addition, evidence-based MBIs for GI symptoms and disorders and the common elements and mechanisms of MBIs will be reviewed and experiential practice of brief adapted MBIs shown to benefit those with GI symptoms comorbid with anxiety will be offered. Finally, a review of resources for developing competence in teaching MBIs to patients with GI symptoms will be covered.