The Oxford Mindfulness Centre aims to tackle the shortage of trained teachers by fostering a community of practitioners with the expertise to deliver high quality MBCT which complies with the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations’ Good Practice Guidelines.
There is currently no professional or statutory registration required to teach mindfulness-based interventions such as MBSR and MBCT. The Oxford Mindfulness Centre refers to the minimum requirements for teaching MBCT to people suffering from mood disorders, for example, depression and anxiety, as described in Mindfulness – Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression 2nd Edition (Segal et al., 2013). Our intention is to provide clarity about what is required in order to be able to teach this approach, given that MBCT is the main focus at the OMC. These guidelines, along with the Good Practice Guidelines here, ensure that potential teachers of MBCT identify their training needs in order to reach a level of competency which enables them to deliver this programme in an effective and ethical way.
How do I train to become a Mindfulness Teacher?
Courses offered by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre:
- 2-year Master of Studies in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Degree course (through the University of Oxford Continuing Education Department)
- Foundations Course in Teaching MBCT and MBCP (Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting)
In order to apply for either one of these two teacher training routes, it is essential to first have completed an 8-week course in MBCT or MBSR in order to develop your own personal meditation practice. We offer 8 week MBCT courses.
If you are unable to attend any of our 8-week MBCT courses, you may wish to find a suitable course by going to www.bemindfulonline.com. Bangor University, Exeter University and Aberdeen University also offer training to teach Mindfulness Based Interventions.
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
Supervision and continuing personal and professional learning are an essential part of ongoing development as a mindfulness teacher. We offer a number of Masterclasses and Retreats and individual or group Supervision.
If you have queries about training to teach, please see our FAQs page.