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“I can truly say I love myself now:” Study results on Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy for treating opioid use disorder

  • 13 Jun 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


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This Spotlight Series event is brought to you in partnership with The Center of Mindful Body Awareness.

This event will address the results from a mixed-method study of Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy for people in medication treatment for opioid use disorder.

    This event will include our special Overtime! 
    Overtime allows attendees to continue to ask questions and invite conversation on the event material, other related inquiries, or cases after the formal event ends. 

    Presented by Cynthia Price

    Director of Center for Mindful Body Awareness

    This event will be recorded and available for members and non-members who register for this event.

    This course will not include CEs.


    This presentation highlights the results from a five-year NIH-funded randomized controlled trial of Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT) as an adjunct to medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD). MABT is designed to sequentially teach interoceptive awareness skills to promote self-awareness, self-care and emotion regulation; this mind-body program involves psycho-education, touch, and mindfulness. The pre-post intervention results showed significant increases in interoceptive awareness, and significant reductions in post-traumatic stress symptoms, pain severity, pain interference, and physical symptom frequency for those that received MABT + MOUD compared to those that received MOUD only. Qualitative results highlight improved emotional awareness, emotion regulation and self-agency. Join us in hearing more about this project and the experiences of people who received MABT as part of their treatment.

    The Main Points of This Workshop:

       Introduce the overall research design and rationale for the study
       Describe the implementation within clinic systems
       Describe the patients served (half had co-occurring chronic pain and many had co-occurring mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and PTSD)
       Describe the MABT approach
       Describe the health outcomes
       Describe the participant perspectives on what learned along with a clinical vignette example
       Discuss the clinical implications and next steps

    Participants will learn:

    1.    to describe key processes involved in teaching interoceptive awareness through the MABT approach
    2.    to identify common co-occurring health conditions among people with opioid use disorder
    3.    to identify key health outcomes in response to MABT among those in MOUD treatment  
    4.    to describe the role of improved somato-emotional awareness for regulation and well-being in response to MABT for those in MOUD  

    Presenter Information

    Cynthia Price:

    Cynthia Price, PhD MA LMT is a Research Professor at the University of Washington and the Director of the non-profit Center for Mindful Body Awareness. Her clinical and research expertise is focused on interoceptive awareness and its role in health and well-being. She developed Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), a mindfulness-based approach designed to facilitate interoceptive awareness and related skills for self-care and emotion regulation. Dr. Price’s research is aimed at the study of MABT within community care, particularly for those in recovery from trauma, chemical dependency, chronic pain or other life stressors. She has co- authored two scales to measure interoceptive awareness: the Scale of Body Connection (SBC) and the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA). Cynthia is committed to increasing access to integrative health care for underserved populations through her research, teaching, and service.

    The Center for Mindful Body Awareness is a non-profit aimed at providing professional trainings in Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), an evidence-based approach to teach body/interoceptive awareness skills for client self-care and emotion regulation. Interoception is the ability to access, attend and process inner body sensory experiences. MABT strategies are particularly helpful for clients with high experiential avoidance. Professional trainings for clinicians are designed as small classes to provide a supportive and individualized learning environment. The Center also works with organizations to train staff, develop programs, and evaluate MABT services READ MORE


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