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One-day masterclasses and workshops at the OMC by leaders in their field, within mindfulness training, teaching and research.

These one-day workshops offer continuing professional development in teaching MBCT and in specialist areas of applying mindfulness training. They will interest mindfulness teachers as well as those wishing to find out more about recent developments in their field of interest.

To register for a masterclass, please book online here. If you have any questions, please call us on (01865) 613157. If you are an OMC associate or book our masterclasses at a reduced rate, please get in touch with us to book or complete a registration form and return it to us in the post. Our cancellation policy can be found here.

Masterclasses are held at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

For more information on training to be a mindfulness teacher, please see our training page.

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Teaching Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings: Finding Peace in a Frantic World Mindfulness Frantic World Book
26 June 2015 – Chris Cullen – £125

The OMC has been teaching the course from Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic World, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman to students at Oxford and to corporate clients. The course in this book runs over eight weeks and is presented in a self-help format but also works well as a curriculum for taught courses. It is intended primarily for non-clinical populations and is taught in classes of 60-90 minutes. This workshop will explore what needs to be taken into consideration to teach a mindfulness course based on this book to reduce the time commitment for participants and thus make mindfulness more accessible to the general public, student groups and work-place settings.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This workshop is for mindfulness teachers who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions who wish to explore considerations involved with teaching the “Frantic World” course in non-clinical settings.

About Chris Cullen >>

Chris Cullen works as a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist. He has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and is on the teaching team at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He teaches the ‘Frantic World’ course to students at Oxford University, and to MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament.

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Enquiry in MBCTAntonia Sumbundu small
26 April 2016 – Antonia Sumbundu – £125

In MBSR and MBCT, the aims and intentions of practices, and the learning points arising from them, emerge from the enquiry process which follows, rather than being introduced in a didactic way. Enquiry starts with identifying participants’ “noticing” of experience during the practice, which then become clarified through dialogue. The teacher guides the dialogue in ways that places experience within the aims and intentions of each class and within the whole programme. In MBCT, the aims and intentions include an integrative psychological formulation for each specific aspect of the programme. However, one of the common challenges faced by mindfulness teachers is that there seems to be no standard operating procedure for how to guide enquiry – as a result, teachers can feel quite lost in this important area.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This workshop is for people who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions. It will look at: common difficulties in leading enquiry and the reasons behind them; how teachers can best respond to the different reactions, reflections and struggles voiced by participants in a way that helps deepen participants’ awareness of what they notice when they practice mindfulness; and how teachers can maintain a present moment point of reference with whatever is raised and its larger context, while embodying kindness, curiosity, non-judgement and presence. The workshop is an integral module to training to teach MBCT but experienced mindfulness teachers will also find the day useful as part of their CPD.

About Antonia Sumbundu >>

Antonia Sumbundu is a clinical psychologist, who has specialised in CBT and supervision. In 2010, she was awarded a Master of Studies in MBCT by the University of Oxford. Antonia has been interested in the clinical applications of meditation for a long time, and has been teaching and lecturing on MBCT and MBSR both nationally and internationally for a number of years. She has extensive experience of leading meditation retreats and training programs, supervising professionals in mindfulness-based approaches, and leading MBCT classes. She is an Associate Trainer for the Oxford Mindfulness Center and has been involved in several research projects.

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Mindfulness with Children and Young People in Schools and Other SettingsChris Cullen
21 September 2015 – Chris Cullen & Claire Kelly – £125

There is fast-growing interest in the potential of mindfulness training to be of benefit to children and young people in many aspects of their lives, as well as to parents, school teachers and whole-school communities. Since 2008, the Mindfulness in Schools Project [MiSP] has provided imaginative curriculum materials and teacher training for those working with young people in diverse settings, including primary and secondary schools. This day will explore some of the issues that need to be considered when introducing mindfulness to children and young people, and will provide an introduction to the work and curriculum materials that have been developed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project. MiSP is now collaborating with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and others in a significant research project investigating the effects of introducing teenagers to mindfulness in school settings and information about this project and possible ways of getting involved will be available on the day.

Who is this course for?

Those wishing to introduce mindfulness to children and young people in schools and other settings.

About Chris Cullen and Claire Kelly

Chris Cullen works as a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist. He co-founded the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and teaches mindfulness courses for MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament, for students at Oxford University and for musicians and actors at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Chris trained to teach Insight Meditation with Christina Feldman, and regularly teaches retreats at Gaia House in Devon and elsewhere. He has a Master’s degree from Oxford University in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Claire Kelly has worked in education for 25 years, and until recently was Deputy Head at South Hampstead High School, one of the leading girls’ schools in the UK, where she initiated a mindfulness programme that continues today. Claire Is Operations Director of the Mindfulness in Schools Project and is also a trained teacher of mindfulness for adults (MBSR).

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Neuroscience in Mindfulnessscience
25 September 2015 – Thorsten Barnhofer – £125

MBCT was developed from a new understanding of the cognitive processes underlying relapse to depression, highlighting the role of negative maladaptive patterns of thinking and how such patterns of thinking could be easily reactivated through only subtle changes in mood. Familiarity with this understanding is important as it crucially informs the rationale of the treatment, which not only guides its content and structure, but which also is a central part of the context from which teachers relate during meditations and enquiries.
While the development of MBCT was almost exclusively based on cognitive and behavioural studies, there has recently been a surge in neuroscience research into these subjects, the results of which are beginning to significantly refine our understanding of the processes underlying relapse. Similarly, there is now a considerable body of research demonstrating effects of meditation training on brain functioning and structure.
This workshop will
(i) revisit the cognitive rationale underlying MBCT for relapse prevention,
(ii) provide an easily accessible overview of recent neuroscience research elucidating the processes underlying relapse and the ways in which mindfulness meditation exerts its effects, and
(iii) explore how this knowledge can inform both our teaching of MBCT and our own practice.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This workshop is aimed at practitioners who would like to broaden their understanding of the mechanisms underlying recurrence of depression and the ways in which mindfulness training can help to address these mechanisms, and scientists who are conducting or planning to conduct research in these areas.

About Thorsten Barnhofer >>

Thorsten Barnhofer is a German Research Foundation Heisenberg-Fellow currently based at the Freie Universitaet Berlin where he conducts research into the mechanisms of action of mindfulness-based interventions. Prior to this he worked as a researcher, clinician and meditation teacher in Prof Mark Williams’ team at the University of Oxford investigating the use of MBCT for suicidal and chronic depression. He is an associate teacher at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and teaches MBCT workshops and retreats both in the UK and internationally.

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The Breathworks Approach to Mindfulness for Chronic Pain, Illness & StressBreathworks
27 October 2015 – Vidyamala Burch – £125

In this experiential workshop Vidyamala will introduce the main elements of the Breathworks mindfulness-based approach, drawn from her own experience, and will outline some of the distinctive elements such as the importance of a very systematic approach to mindfulness in daily life, breath-based mindful movement, and a formal ‘kindly awareness’ meditation practice to cultivate equanimity and mindfulness of others and humanity. She’ll outline the core theory of the Breathworks approach: learning to distinguish between primary suffering or experience (the basic unpleasant sensations in the body) and secondary suffering (the myriad ways we react to primary suffering mentally, emotionally and physically). Vidyamala will suggest that the fundamental cause of secondary suffering is resistance to unpleasant experience; and that using mindfulness to soften resistance is one of the key ways to accept primary suffering/experience and reduce and/or overcome secondary suffering. Vidyamala will also introduce the Breathworks 5-step model of mindfulness: Awareness; Turning towards the unpleasant; Seeking out the pleasant; Broadening perspective; and Living with choice.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This Masterclass is an introduction for MBSR and MBCT teachers (or those training in these approaches) wishing to find out about the Breathworks approach. Others interested may also attend. Breathworks also provide three day training for qualified MBSR/MBCT teachers to train to teach the Breathworks approach. Details on their website at www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk

About Vidyamala Burch >>

Vidyamala discovered meditation when she was taught a visualization exercise by a hospital chaplain after injuring her spine. This stimulated a great curiosity about the power of the mind and heart as a tool she could harness. She spent five years living in a Buddhist retreat centre gaining intensive experience of mindfulness and meditation. In 2000 she received a grant from the Millennium Commission to develop mindfulness-based courses for others living with pain and illness. This formed the basis for Breathworks, established as a Community Interest Company in 2004. There are now Breathworks’ trainers in over a dozen countries and Vidyamala has written “Living well with Pain and Illness – the mindful way to free yourself from suffering”, now translated into 9 languages. Vidyamala trains regularly in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

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Teaching Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings: Finding Peace in a Frantic World Mindfulness Frantic World Book
2 November 2015 – Chris Cullen – £125

The OMC has been teaching the course from Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic World, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman to students at Oxford and to corporate clients. The course in this book runs over eight weeks and is presented in a self-help format but also works well as a curriculum for taught courses. It is intended primarily for non-clinical populations and is taught in classes of 60-90 minutes. This workshop will explore what needs to be taken into consideration to teach a mindfulness course based on this book to reduce the time commitment for participants and thus make mindfulness more accessible to the general public, student groups and work-place settings.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This workshop is for mindfulness teachers who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions who wish to explore considerations involved with teaching the “Frantic World” course in non-clinical settings.

About Chris Cullen >>

Chris Cullen works as a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist. He has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and is on the teaching team at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He teaches the ‘Frantic World’ course to students at Oxford University, and to MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament.

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ChristinaWhat is the ‘C’ in MBCT? Cognitive & Clinical Underpinnings of MBCT
10 November 2015 – Melanie Fennell & Christina Surawy – £125

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) represents an integration between two very different traditions: the eastern tradition of insight meditation, founded in Buddhism, and the more recent western tradition of cognitive and clinical science. In order to become MBCT teachers, we need to appreciate and respect the contribution of both traditions.
This workshop invites participants to explore the “C” side of MBCT. What exactly is cognitive therapy? What are its intentions? And the cognitive model of human functioning on which it is based? What is the nature of the alliance a cognitive therapist cultivates with patients? In what ways is cognitive therapy different from mindfulness-based approaches? And what do they have in common?
The workshop will be both interactive and experiential, and offer opportunities for participants to “taste” elements of cognitive therapy for themselves, and for discussion and debate.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

The workshop  is an integral part of the training pathway to teach MBCT, but will also be valuable for those teachers or potential teachers who have less experience of CBT, and want to understand more about how it underpins and is woven into the MBCT programme.

About Melanie Fennell & Christina Surawy >>

Melanie Fennell was a pioneer of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK. She developed the highly successful Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and Oxford Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies, and teaches on the MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.  She has a particular interest in cognitive therapy for depression and low self-esteem.  She is a research clinician with Mark Williams, developing MBCT for suicidal patients. She has extensive experience of teaching and training MBCT.

Dr Christina Surawy is one of the Directors of the Masters of Studies in MBCT currently offered by Oxford University, and is involved in both teaching and training MBCT as part of her work at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  Christina has taught MBCT on the trial exploring its benefits for Health Anxiety and has been involved in developing the approach to sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  Recently she has been involved in teaching and training MBCT for people with long term physical health conditions in the NHS. She has been providing supervision both in MBCT and CBT for a number of years and trained originally as a clinical psychologist.

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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parentingsleeping baby
16 November 2015 -Maret Dymond – £125

This masterclass provides an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP), an antenatal mindfulness-based intervention that has been developed for expectant parents. Developed by nurse-midwife Nancy Bardacke in California, MBCP is a formal adaptation of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program and integrates mind-body mindfulness meditation practices with childbirth and parenting education.
Treating pregnant women and their partners as equal participants, the programme: promotes family health and parenting skills and supportive relationships; addresses fear, pain, stress and depression; provides information about preparation for labour, breastfeeding and warning signs for postnatal depression; and equips expectant parents with specific skills to negotiate the transition to parenthood (see the Oxford Mindfulness Centre MBCP webpages and Nancy Bardacke’s website for more information about MBCP).
The day will provide participants with an experiential introduction to some of the core mindfulness practices taught within MBCP, a theoretical introduction to the use of mindfulness practice for pain and fear during labour and childbirth and the relevance of mindfulness practice to early parenting.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This workshop will appeal to a wide range of perinatal professionals, including midwives, obstetricians, childbirth educators, doulas, perinatal yoga teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists etc.
This might include perinatal professionals new to the practice of mindfulness, those with a long-standing personal meditation practice now interested in applying this within their work and experienced mindfulness teachers who are interested in how mindfulness skills can benefit expectant parents during the transformational journey through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.

About Maret Dymond >>

Maret Dymond trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Southampton and has also undertaken an undergraduate degree in psychology and postgraduate research doctorate (PhD) in perinatal psychology at the University of Reading.
Maret has a long standing interest in attachment theory, the prevention of postpartum depression and support for new parents. She began exploring the practice of mindfulness during her own professional training and then later more deeply upon completing therapeutic training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This led her to undertake teacher training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Depression (MBCT) and then later in Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) with Nancy Bardacke.

Maret is leading a project from within the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to introduce MBCP in the UK and Europe.

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An Introduction to Buddhist PsychologyJP Buddhism
24 November 2015 – John Peacock – £125

For over 2500 years Buddhist practice has utilised mindfulness as means for helping individuals to engage fully with life. Rather than attempting to protect ourselves from loss and pain, and withdrawing and evading painful experience through distraction the Buddhist tradition has promoted the development of a psychology based on mindful engagement. This day will explore key areas of Buddhist psychology and their relevance to the practice of mindfulness in more secularised contexts.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This masterclass presents an opportunity for mindfulness teachers and others to find out about the ideas that come from early Buddhist thinking, which inform mindfulness practice in the Buddhist tradition.

About John Peacock >>

John Peacock is both an academic and Buddhist Practitioner. He has taught meditation for thirty years and for ten years taught Buddhist studies at the University of Bristol. At present he teaches on the Masters in MBCT at Oxford and is an Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

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Compassion
27 November 2015 – Willem Kuyken and Christina Feldman – £125

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The masterclass will involve teaching, practice, small group dialogue, Q&A, and video/audio illustrations covering four main questions: What is compassion? How can we contextualize compassion? Can compassion be trained? What is embodiment?

By the end of the masterclass, delegates will have:
• A deeper understanding of compassion and its place in mindfulness-based cognitive therapies.
• Had opportunities through practice to explore some of the practices intended to cultivate compassion.
• Considered how best to integrate what they have learned into their practice and work.

Who is this masterclass for?

This workshop is suitable for all those with an interest in the place of compassion in mindfulness-based approaches

About Willem Kuyken and Christina Feldman

Willem Kuyken is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His research and teaching focus primarily on mindfulness-based approaches, compassion and individualizing evidence-based therapies through collaborative case conceptualization.

Christina Feldman is an IMS guiding teacher and co-founder of Gaia House in England. She has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 1976 and has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. Her books include Compassion, Silence and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity

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MBCT supervision – what it is and how to do itchair
10 & 11 December 2015 – Melanie Fennell, Antonia Sumbundu, Christina Surawy, Tim Sweeney – £250

At the core of MBCT supervision is the intention to facilitate the development and maintenance of MBCT teacher competence. The emphasis in this two day workshop is on understanding how the theoretical underpinnings of MBCT – both from the cognitive and the mindfulness perspective – provide a conceptual framework which informs and guides MBCT delivery throughout the program, and how supervision can support the development of the reflective, relational and procedural skills needed to teach this programme. Like teaching, supervising MBCT is rooted in our personal mindfulness practice and we will explore the implications of this for MBCT supervision. We shall consider how best to prepare for supervision (both as supervisee and supervisor) and how to continue to get the most out of it as an on-going process. There will be plenty of opportunities for reflection and discussion, and to experience different learning methods, along with opportunity to practice supervising one another.

Who is this masterclass for?

Experienced teachers/trainers of MBCT who fulfil the GPG’s for teachers and trainers of Mindfulness Based Approaches and who are already supervising or wish to start supervision with practitioners running MBCT courses.

About the teachers

Melanie Fennell was a pioneer of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK. She developed the highly successful Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and Oxford Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies, and teaches on the MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.  She has a particular interest in cognitive therapy for depression and low self-esteem.  She is a research clinician with Mark Williams, developing MBCT for suicidal patients. She has extensive experience of teaching and training MBCT.

Dr Christina Surawy is one of the Directors of the Masters of Studies in MBCT currently offered by Oxford University, and is involved in both teaching and training MBCT as part of her work at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  Christina has taught MBCT on the trial exploring its benefits for Health Anxiety and has been involved in developing the approach to sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  Recently she has been involved in teaching and training MBCT for people with long term physical health conditions in the NHS. She has been providing supervision both in MBCT and CBT for a number of years and trained originally as a clinical psychologist.

Antonia Sumbundu is a clinical psychologist, who has specialised in CBT and supervision. In 2010, she was awarded a Master of Studies in MBCT by the University of Oxford. Antonia has been interested in the clinical applications of meditation for a long time, and has been teaching and lecturing on MBCT and MBSR both nationally and internationally for a number of years. She has extensive experience of leading meditation retreats and training programs, supervising professionals in mindfulness-based approaches, and leading MBCT classes. She is an Associate Trainer for the Oxford Mindfulness Center and has been involved in several research projects.

Tim Sweeney is a mental health nurse, accredited CBT therapist and an experienced MBCT teacher and trainer. He leads the MBCT service in Nottinghamshire NHS Trust which has 50 staff running MBCT groups across primary and secondary care for a diverse range of problems including depression, anxiety, cancer, chronic pain, psychosis and many more. He has extensive experience of MBCT teaching, training and supervision both in the UK and internationally.

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Mindfulness and HappinessRuth Baer - 2013 - Photograph by: Dana Rogers
29 January 2016 – Ruth Baer – £125

According to Sharon Salzberg, the noted mindfulness teacher, real happiness depends on what we do with our attention. In this workshop, we’ll explore several perspectives on the nature of happiness and how mindfulness can help us find more of it. We’ll consider the benefits of positive emotions, the importance of meaning and purpose, and the cultivation of inner strength for difficult times. We’ll practice and discuss a variety of exercises from several mindfulness-based interventions. We’ll also consider theoretical foundations and review some interesting studies from the mindfulness and positive psychology literatures.

Who is this masterclass for?

This class is intended for mindfulness practitioners and teachers of any of the empirically supported mindfulness-based interventions who are interested in happiness and well-being.

About Ruth Baer

Ruth is a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky and is spending the academic year (2015-2016) on sabbatical at the OMC. She conducts research on mindfulness and works with several mindfulness-based interventions, including dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She is the developer of two self-report instruments for measuring mindfulness as a psychological variable and has edited three books for professionals on mindfulness-based treatments and mechanisms of change. She has also written a self-help book for the general public, Practicing Happiness: How Mindfulness Can Free You from Psychological Traps and Help You Build the Life You Want.

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Alison Evans HEADThe Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria 1292 PenCLAHRC
5 February 2016 – Willem Kuyken and Alison Evans – £125

Ensuring intervention integrity in the context of the rapidly expanding interest in mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) is challenging. There are three dimensions to the concept of intervention integrity: first, adherence (level of inclusion of required curriculum), second, differentiation (level of inclusion of curriculum that is not part of the approach), and third, competence (level of teaching skill in delivering the approach). Understanding and assessing intervention integrity is an essential precondition for:

– the analysis of the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic interventions
– assessing the skills of trainees within training programs
– evaluating the effectiveness of training processes
– ensuring successful practical implementation of empirically supported approaches
– investigating the role of treatment integrity in participants’ experience and outcome.

The Bangor, Exeter and Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) is a system for assessing teaching integrity that has been developed with the particular, unique characteristics of MBIs in mind. It is intended to fulfil the needs outlined above.

This workshop for mindfulness-based teachers aims to train participants in the use of the MBI:TAC. The workshop will include presentations on the background and context for the development of the tool, on its structure and on how to use it to assess competency. Participants will view audio visual clips of mindfulness-based teaching followed by opportunities to use the MBI:TAC and to explore the process in small and large group contexts. The primary focus will be a personal and collective exploration of integrity in mindfulness-based teaching and the use of the MBI:TAC as a ‘lens’ through which to engage in this exploration.

The workshop will:
– Support an exploration of participant’s personal teaching practice in a context of key domains of MBCT/MBSR teaching.
– Develop understanding of the design and structure of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria
– Be of particular relevance to those who are involved in supervising and training others
– Involve ‘in vivo’ investigation of teaching practice through the use of DVD recordings

Key references/pre-workshop reading
Crane, R.S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R. P.1, Williams, J.M.G., Bartley, T., Evans, A.,Silverton, S., Soulsby, J.G., Surawy, C. (2013) Development and validation of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC), Assessment, doi: 10.1177/1073191113490790

Crane R.S., Kuyken, W., Williams, J. M. G., Hastings, R., Cooper, L., Fennell, M.J.V. (2012), Competence in teaching mindfulness-based courses: concepts, development, and assessment, Mindfulness, 3, 76-84. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-011-0073-2

Crane, R.S., Soulsby, J.G., Kuyken, W., Williams, J.M.G., Eames, C., (2012) The Bangor, Exeter & Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) for assessing the competence and adherence of mindfulness-based class-based teaching (http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk/pdf/MBI-TACJune2012.pdf)

Who is this masterclass for?

- MBCT/MBSR/Breathworks course teachers, supervisors and trainers.
– UK Network of Mindfulness-based trainers and supervisors.

About Willem Kuyken and Alison Evans

Willem Kuyken is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His work is focused on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, his research examines how mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan. He is also interested in the interface of ancient wisdom traditions and contemporary science, in particular the role of compassion. He co-authored Compassion in the Landscape of Suffering, with Christina Feldman.  Together with Rebecca Crane and others across the Bangor, Exeter and Oxford mindfulness centres he developed the MBI-TAC and has used it extensively in training, supervision and trials.

Alison Evans is Senior Lecturer and MBCT Therapist / Trainer at the University of Exeter. She became involved in Mindfulness- based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) when she was selected to be a therapist on the trial – Relapse prevention through MBCT versus medication in real world healthcare settings. Throughout this time Alison was trained and supervised by some of the developers of MBCT. She has worked at the University of Exeter in various roles related to Mindfulness-based interventions since 2008 including: Lead therapist for the PREVENT trial; Lead therapist within the AccEPT clinic, teaching MBCT groups and developing the provision of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) groups; Programme lead for the Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies from its beginning in 2008 which was broadened in 2011 to include a Masters in Mindfulness-based Approaches. All of this work has integrally involved using the MBI-TAC.

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Trish BartleyGroups in Mindfulness-Based Teaching
18 March 2016 – Trish Bartley – £125

Many of us have come into this work with a background in one to one work. The skills we have acquired will have many direct benefits for our mindfulness teaching. However, we may find that we continue to teach ‘one-to-one’, albeit in a group. We will explore how to bring this ‘group’ dimension into all aspects of our mindfulness teaching – including guiding practices; leading inquiries; and facilitating exercises and group discussions. In doing this, we will learn how to be present to three dimensions in the group: that of myself as teacher; that of individual participant; and that of the group as a whole.
We will learn ways of supporting the healthy development of the group, through the different phases of: coming together and becoming a group; building a mindful community that develops learning and practice; and supporting the ending of the group – so that participants learn to integrate mindfulness independently in their lives.
We will also touch on some of the common challenges in leading groups – such as managing a dominating participant; or a persistent late comer; or someone who is openly sceptical; or a participant who says very little. We will also consider the different approaches involved with teaching very different sized groups.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This workshop is for people who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions. We will explore ways of leading mindfulness-based groups that enables the rich learning potential within the group to be realised by our course participants.

About Trish Bartley >>

Trish Bartley has worked with groups for over 35 years. She is a teacher at the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice at Bangor University and teaches on the masters and CPPD programme. She has taught MBCT to patients in a regional oncology unit for over 11 years and recently brought out a book, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer. She regularly works in South Africa bringing mindfulness to rural communities affected by HIV & Aids and runs mindfulness retreats and workshops internationally.

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Enquiry in MBCTAntonia Sumbundu small
26 April 2016 – Antonia Sumbundu – £125

In MBSR and MBCT, the aims and intentions of practices, and the learning points arising from them, emerge from the enquiry process which follows, rather than being introduced in a didactic way. Enquiry starts with identifying participants’ “noticing” of experience during the practice, which then become clarified through dialogue. The teacher guides the dialogue in ways that places experience within the aims and intentions of each class and within the whole programme. In MBCT, the aims and intentions include an integrative psychological formulation for each specific aspect of the programme. However, one of the common challenges faced by mindfulness teachers is that there seems to be no standard operating procedure for how to guide enquiry – as a result, teachers can feel quite lost in this important area.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This workshop is for people who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions. It will look at: common difficulties in leading enquiry and the reasons behind them; how teachers can best respond to the different reactions, reflections and struggles voiced by participants in a way that helps deepen participants’ awareness of what they notice when they practice mindfulness; and how teachers can maintain a present moment point of reference with whatever is raised and its larger context, while embodying kindness, curiosity, non-judgement and presence. The workshop is an integral module to training to teach MBCT but experienced mindfulness teachers will also find the day useful as part of their CPD.

About Antonia Sumbundu >>

Antonia Sumbundu is a clinical psychologist, who has specialised in CBT and supervision. In 2010, she was awarded a Master of Studies in MBCT by the University of Oxford. Antonia has been interested in the clinical applications of meditation for a long time, and has been teaching and lecturing on MBCT and MBSR both nationally and internationally for a number of years. She has extensive experience of leading meditation retreats and training programs, supervising professionals in mindfulness-based approaches, and leading MBCT classes. She is an Associate Trainer for the Oxford Mindfulness Center and has been involved in several research projects.

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Teaching Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings: Finding Peace in a Frantic World Mindfulness Frantic World Book
9 June 2016 – Chris Cullen – £125

The OMC has been teaching the course from Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic World, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman to students at Oxford and to corporate clients. The course in this book runs over eight weeks and is presented in a self-help format but also works well as a curriculum for taught courses. It is intended primarily for non-clinical populations and is taught in classes of 60-90 minutes. This workshop will explore what needs to be taken into consideration to teach a mindfulness course based on this book to reduce the time commitment for participants and thus make mindfulness more accessible to the general public, student groups and work-place settings.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This workshop is for mindfulness teachers who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions who wish to explore considerations involved with teaching the “Frantic World” course in non-clinical settings.

About Chris Cullen >>

Chris Cullen works as a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist. He has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and is on the teaching team at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He teaches the ‘Frantic World’ course to students at Oxford University, and to MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament.

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Neuroscience in Mindfulnessscience
30 September 2016 – Thorsten Barnhofer – £125

MBCT was developed from a new understanding of the cognitive processes underlying relapse to depression, highlighting the role of negative maladaptive patterns of thinking and how such patterns of thinking could be easily reactivated through only subtle changes in mood. Familiarity with this understanding is important as it crucially informs the rationale of the treatment, which not only guides its content and structure, but which also is a central part of the context from which teachers relate during meditations and enquiries.
While the development of MBCT was almost exclusively based on cognitive and behavioural studies, there has recently been a surge in neuroscience research into these subjects, the results of which are beginning to significantly refine our understanding of the processes underlying relapse. Similarly, there is now a considerable body of research demonstrating effects of meditation training on brain functioning and structure.
This workshop will
(i) revisit the cognitive rationale underlying MBCT for relapse prevention,
(ii) provide an easily accessible overview of recent neuroscience research elucidating the processes underlying relapse and the ways in which mindfulness meditation exerts its effects, and
(iii) explore how this knowledge can inform both our teaching of MBCT and our own practice.

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This workshop is aimed at practitioners who would like to broaden their understanding of the mechanisms underlying recurrence of depression and the ways in which mindfulness training can help to address these mechanisms, and scientists who are conducting or planning to conduct research in these areas.

About Thorsten Barnhofer >>

Thorsten Barnhofer is a German Research Foundation Heisenberg-Fellow currently based at the Freie Universitaet Berlin where he conducts research into the mechanisms of action of mindfulness-based interventions. Prior to this he worked as a researcher, clinician and meditation teacher in Prof Mark Williams’ team at the University of Oxford investigating the use of MBCT for suicidal and chronic depression. He is an associate teacher at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and teaches MBCT workshops and retreats both in the UK and internationally.

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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parentingsleeping baby
14 November 2016 -Maret Dymond – £125

This masterclass provides an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP), an antenatal mindfulness-based intervention that has been developed for expectant parents. Developed by nurse-midwife Nancy Bardacke in California, MBCP is a formal adaptation of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program and integrates mind-body mindfulness meditation practices with childbirth and parenting education.
Treating pregnant women and their partners as equal participants, the programme: promotes family health and parenting skills and supportive relationships; addresses fear, pain, stress and depression; provides information about preparation for labour, breastfeeding and warning signs for postnatal depression; and equips expectant parents with specific skills to negotiate the transition to parenthood (see the Oxford Mindfulness Centre MBCP webpages and Nancy Bardacke’s website for more information about MBCP).
The day will provide participants with an experiential introduction to some of the core mindfulness practices taught within MBCP, a theoretical introduction to the use of mindfulness practice for pain and fear during labour and childbirth and the relevance of mindfulness practice to early parenting.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

This workshop will appeal to a wide range of perinatal professionals, including midwives, obstetricians, childbirth educators, doulas, perinatal yoga teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists etc.
This might include perinatal professionals new to the practice of mindfulness, those with a long-standing personal meditation practice now interested in applying this within their work and experienced mindfulness teachers who are interested in how mindfulness skills can benefit expectant parents during the transformational journey through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.

About Maret Dymond >>

Maret Dymond trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Southampton and has also undertaken an undergraduate degree in psychology and postgraduate research doctorate (PhD) in perinatal psychology at the University of Reading.
Maret has a long standing interest in attachment theory, the prevention of postpartum depression and support for new parents. She began exploring the practice of mindfulness during her own professional training and then later more deeply upon completing therapeutic training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This led her to undertake teacher training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Depression (MBCT) and then later in Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) with Nancy Bardacke.

Maret is leading a project from within the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to introduce MBCP in the UK and Europe.

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ChristinaWhat is the ‘C’ in MBCT? Cognitive & Clinical Underpinnings of MBCT
15 November 2016 – Melanie Fennell & Christina Surawy – £125

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) represents an integration between two very different traditions: the eastern tradition of insight meditation, founded in Buddhism, and the more recent western tradition of cognitive and clinical science. In order to become MBCT teachers, we need to appreciate and respect the contribution of both traditions.
This workshop invites participants to explore the “C” side of MBCT. What exactly is cognitive therapy? What are its intentions? And the cognitive model of human functioning on which it is based? What is the nature of the alliance a cognitive therapist cultivates with patients? In what ways is cognitive therapy different from mindfulness-based approaches? And what do they have in common?
The workshop will be both interactive and experiential, and offer opportunities for participants to “taste” elements of cognitive therapy for themselves, and for discussion and debate.

Who is this masterclass for? >>

The workshop  is an integral part of the training pathway to teach MBCT, but will also be valuable for those teachers or potential teachers who have less experience of CBT, and want to understand more about how it underpins and is woven into the MBCT programme.

About Melanie Fennell & Christina Surawy >>

Melanie Fennell was a pioneer of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK. She developed the highly successful Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and Oxford Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies, and teaches on the MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.  She has a particular interest in cognitive therapy for depression and low self-esteem.  She is a research clinician with Mark Williams, developing MBCT for suicidal patients. She has extensive experience of teaching and training MBCT.

Dr Christina Surawy is one of the Directors of the Masters of Studies in MBCT currently offered by Oxford University, and is involved in both teaching and training MBCT as part of her work at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  Christina has taught MBCT on the trial exploring its benefits for Health Anxiety and has been involved in developing the approach to sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  Recently she has been involved in teaching and training MBCT for people with long term physical health conditions in the NHS. She has been providing supervision both in MBCT and CBT for a number of years and trained originally as a clinical psychologist.

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Schedule for the day

From 9:00 am: Registration with coffee
9.30 am: Workshop begins
4.30 pm: End

There is a cash only canteen/shop in the hospital where you can get sandwiches, salads or hot meals.


Transport and parking on site

Prince of Wales International Centre, Warneford Hospital

We are approximately 3 miles from Oxford railway station with frequent trains from London (Paddington) and many other parts of the UK. Allow 20 minutes by taxi from the station forecourt and 30 minutes by bus (Wood Farm service). Many coaches from London stop 5-10 minutes walk from the OMC. Please see our Contact Us page for more information. This County Council travel information will help you plan your journey.

Please note that parking on the Warneford site is severely restricted and you are strongly advised to use public transport. If you are traveling by car, Oxford is well served by Park and Ride facilities but, due to the high level of usage, drivers cannot rely on finding parking space.


Cancellation Policy

We are able to offer refunds for cancellations within 14 days of the event. After this time, we are happy to transfer you to an alternative class provided you give us 2 working days’ notice. In either case there is an administration fee of £20.

Circumstance may make it necessary for us to cancel events. If we cancel a Masterclass we will refund your fee in full.

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