BMS420 Mindfulness and Acceptance in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (8)


Mindfulness approaches, arising from Eastern practices, have been recognised as a third-wave of psychotherapy in Western societies because of its ability to improve psychological functioning and to reduce emotional issue across a wide range of illness. Mindfulness-based therapies consist of a wide range of techniques suitable to the needs of individuals, similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This subject explores the core elements of mindfulness a variety of mindfulness techniques and the relationship between mindfulness and de-automatisation.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineBathurst Campus
Session 2
OnlineBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to reflect on the alignment between Mindfulness-based therapies and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Be able to describe, critique and reflect on the core elements of mindfulness approach
  • Be able to assess the relationship between mindfulness and de-automatisation
  • Be able to review and reflect on some of the body of evidence reporting a relationship between mindfulness approaches and behavioural and emotional disorders


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • A brief history of cognitive therapy
  • The role of cognition-behaviour-emotion
  • Four elements of mindfulness
  • Mindfulness and De-automatisation
  • Meditation approach on aggression, inappropriate sexual behaviour, obesity and smoking
  • A critical review of some of the clinical psychology literature on mindfulness


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 19 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.