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.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS420. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS420 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online multiple-choice assessment

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.