Foundational Teacher Training

Teacher Training Module 1 & 2 Residential

Somerset, UK

24/04/2021 - 01/05/2021

09:00 - 17:00

From £1350.00

OMC Teacher

Course Description
The intention of this 7-day training is to provide participants with an opportunity to directly experience the 8-session programme of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), learn about the theoretical underpinnings, and practice teaching. Participants should have first met all the prerequisites for training to be a teacher. You will experience the 8-session programme of MBCT, and have the opportunity to practise teaching elements of the programme to one another in pairs, with feedback from the trainers and each other. Participants are expected to have some prior knowledge and experience of mindfulness and of cognitive therapy, and to have a serious interest in bringing MBCT into their lives and work. The training is an introduction to teaching MBCT, covering Modules 1 and 2 of the training pathway. Attendance will not necessarily mean that you can now teach MBCT, but is an integral part of the pathway to developing competency and ethical practice as described by the Good Practice Guidelines for teachers.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
This training is for mindfulness practitioners who have a regular personal mindfulness practice for at least a year, have taken part in a structured face to face or online 8-week/ 5-day MBCT programme, and have knowledge and experience of the population to whom you would like to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Inquiry in MBCT - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

28/09/2020 - 28/09/2020

09:30 - 17:00

From £100.00

Ruth Baer
Christina Surawy

Course Description
Inquiry skills are often perceived as the most difficult teaching skills to learn, yet periods of inquiry in MBCT sessions have great potential for enhancing participants' learning. Inquiry is sometimes described as a crucible where participants' learning history, current concerns, and experiences during mindfulness practices combine with the teacher's embodiment of mindfulness, understanding of MBCT theory, and relational skills to enable learning that is potentially transformational. This foundational masterclass will demystify this process through a variety of teaching methods. Topics include: The purposes and intentions of inquiry How understanding conceptual underpinnings of MBCT facilitates skilful inquiry. These underpinnings include: The four elements of inner experience (thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and urges/ impulses) The vicious flower conceptualization of reactivity The sequence of the eight sessions and the implications of this sequence for how inquiry is managed throughout the course Layers of inquiry, including: Direct experience Reactions to or relationship with direct experience Learning points: Consideration of patterns - common to all or particular to the individual Invitations to notice, explore, experiment What and how of skilful inquiry Exploring what to say and how to say it The importance of the teacher's embodiment of mindfulness, supported by ongoing practice, that facilitates bringing particular attitudes to the inquiry process: Genuine openness and curiosity about participants' experiences Warmth, kindness, and compassion towards participants and themselves Willingness to trust the process and allow learning to emerge without striving or forcing Balancing this with clarity about the intentions of each session and each practice Teaching methods for this day will include presentation, discussion, viewing of video clips, practice of inquiry skills with peers, and contemplation and discussion of what has been learned.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Research and Evaluation - Teacher Workshop - 09.30 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

29/09/2020 - 29/09/2020

09:30 - 17:00

From £100.00

Ruth Baer

Course Description
MBCT is an evidence-based program. Effective teachers need an understanding of the evidence base in order to communicate effectively with potential participants and other interested parties about what the evidence shows and the limitations of current knowledge. Effective teachers also adopt an empirical mind-set. Rather than assuming that their courses must be effective because the literature says MBCT is helpful, they collect data to find out how their participants are responding to the course. The first half of the day provides an informative summary of the evidence base for MBCT and other important topics in the mindfulness field. Topics covered include: Assessment of mindfulness. Why should we attempt to measure mindfulness, what methods are available, how effective are they, and what have we learned about mindfulness and MBPs from this research? Efficacy of MBPs. What does research tell us about the benefits of MBPs? What do they help with, and how much? How do they compare with other evidence-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing? Other questions about efficacy. How much home practice are participants doing, and does it matter? Are self-help and online programs effective? Is MBCT cost-effective? What are the effects on the brain? Can evidence-based MBPs cause harm? Mechanisms of change in MBPs. How do beneficial effects of MBPs come about? What are the important changes? Effects of mindfulness training on kindness and compassion. The second half of the day cultivates teachers' skills for adopting an empirical attitude about the courses they teach. Topics include: Why evaluating the courses we teach is important; How to develop useful questions about the courses we teach; Measures recommended by the OMC for assessing outcomes, mechanisms of change, acceptability, harmful and unpleasant experiences, and home practice; Thinking empirically about the findings obtained; Evaluating our teaching using the MBI-TAC framework.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Introduction to Buddhist Psychology - Teacher Workshop - 09.30 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

30/09/2020 - 30/09/2020

09:30 - 17:00

From £100.00

Chris Cullen

Course Description
Mindfulness is clearly acknowledged to have its roots in the foundational Buddhist tradition that stretches back two and a half thousand years. Yet, we may ask, what can this foundational tradition add to our current understanding of MBCT founded, as it is, in contemporary understandings within neuroscience and cognitive psychology? Nevertheless, when we begin to examine this two and a half thousand-year-old tradition it presents us with a highly nuanced psychological understanding of what mindfulness is, how it functions and what it means to be a flourishing human being that is highly congruent with many of the contemporary approaches. The psychological models of Early Buddhism have been a significant influence on the development of contemporary Mindfulness Based approaches such as MBSR and MBCT. They turn out to be remarkably congruent both with the discoveries of Cognitive Neuroscience and psychological research into the mechanisms of depression, anxiety and a wide range of mental health conditions. The experience of training mindfulness teachers at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) over many years has confirmed that it is very helpful for mindfulness teachers and teacher trainees to have some understanding of these Buddhist psychological models in order to support the effectiveness, integrity and depth of their work. Such study comprises an integral component of all the Mindfulness teacher training pathways offered at the OMC and other major European centres. This workshop will provide an introduction to the key relevant components of Buddhist psychology that can inform, enrich and deepen the work of Mindfulness teachers. We will examine the nature of human distress, to which Mindfulness is directed, and the aetiology of this distress together with a close examination of the self as a process rather than as something fixed, and why this important to understanding MBCT in the contemporary world.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Orientation & Assessment, and Ethics - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

01/10/2020 - 01/10/2020

09:30 - 17:00

From £100.00

Ruth Baer

Course Description
Mindfulness is clearly acknowledged to have its roots in the foundational Buddhist tradition that stretches back two and a half thousand years. This is a two-part workshop. The morning session cultivates skills that mindfulness teachers need before a course begins: orienting potential participants to MBCT and gathering essential information about them. The afternoon session covers important ethical issues in the mindfulness field. Orientation: People who are thinking about participating in a mindfulness-based program (MBP) need information about the course. Part of the teacher's job is to provide this information in helpful ways. Many teachers have websites describing the courses they offer. Some provide introductory group sessions or taster sessions. Others conduct individual pre-course interviews, in person or by phone. Each of these requires careful thought about what information should be provided and how it should be conveyed. Skilful orientation can help potential participants understand what to expect from the course and how it might help them. This can build interest, motivation and commitment in some participants while helping others decide that this is not the right course or the right time for them. Assessment: Just as participants need information about the course, teachers need information about potential participants. A mindfulness course may not be suitable for everyone who expresses interest. People with current suicidal thoughts, active misuse of substances, serious post-traumatic stress, recent bereavement, or other stressors might not benefit or might experience harmful effects. Skilful assessment enables teachers to decide who should be accepted onto the course and who should be referred elsewhere or advised to consider the course at another time. It also alerts teachers to aspects of participants' histories and current concerns that may require monitoring as the course progresses. Orientation and assessment are ethical necessities. They support the primary ethical imperative to do no harm as well as related principles such as informed consent, truth in advertising, and practicing within one's scope of competence. Discussion of these points at the end of the morning session leads naturally into the afternoon session on ethics in MBPs. Ethics: This part of the day covers several important issues in the mindfulness field. Professional ethics for mindfulness teachers. Mindfulness teaching is not a regulated profession and does not yet have an established code of professional ethics. The Good Practice Guidelines state that mindfulness teachers should adhere to the ethical framework appropriate to their professional background and working context. However, mindfulness teachers have a variety of professional backgrounds, some of which do not have ethics codes applicable to mindfulness teaching. Familiarity with basic tenets of professional ethics is essential for mindfulness teachers. Harm and adverse events in MBPs. Research shows that harm can occur in some practitioners of meditation. Mindfulness teachers need an understanding of these issues and skills for working with difficulties that arise in their course participants. Ethical issues associated with Buddhist roots of MBPs. MBPs have roots in Buddhist traditions but are adapted for mainstream settings. Controversy sometimes arises about whether MBPs are too close to their Buddhist roots for some contexts or too far away from their Buddhist roots for others. Ethical communication about MBPs. Hype about mindfulness is common in today's world. Mindfulness teachers need skills for speaking accurately about what the evidence shows and does not show and the potential risks and benefits of MBPs.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Groups Skills for MBCT Teachers - Teacher Workshop 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

02/10/2020 - 02/10/2020

09:30 - 17:00

From £100.00

OMC Teacher

Course Description
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed to be taught in the context of a group. A group teaching context enables the experiential emergence of the sense of common humanity, the understanding that vulnerability is universal, which in turn enables the growth of community, connection and compassion. The ability to mindfully not only form a group, but also to hold it through various group processes/ patterns and guide it through the ending process is, therefore, a core component of teaching MBCT skillfully and without this foundation the effectiveness of MBCT can be compromised. This workshop offers trainee MBCT teachers, and established teachers, the opportunity to develop their skills in creating a warm, supportive, safe group environment. It will help you to reflect upon how a group develops and ends and develop your skills in managing challenges, processes and patterns/ dynamics within the group. The workshop has an experiential basis allowing the group to learn from their own experience of being a group within the workshop and from the innovative teaching method of forum theatre, through which participants will have the opportunity to have fun together trying out new skills and ideas. The workshop aims to grow teacher's confidence in leaning into group challenges/ processes/ patterns/ dynamics, enabling us to open to these as our own teachers so that we become curious about them rather than closed and/ or fearful. Key Questions/ Learning Outcomes: How can we skillfully work with group processes/ dynamics that emerge during the course including during the enquiry process? What is the difference between how to work with group processes and how to conduct a skillful enquiry / group exercise? How do we hold the group whilst group processes/ challenges/ dynamics are going on? What do we mean by holding the group in mind? What is the difference between no 'one right way' and more/ less skillful ways to work with group processes? How do we as individuals react and respond to different dynamics? Working with groups involves being with uncertainty - what are the firm foundations we can draw upon in this work? How to maintain boundaries & boundary setting.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
This workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Summer School 2020 - Mindfulness for Life - 2-Day Teacher Training - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

27/08/2020 - 28/08/2020

09:00 - 17:00

From £200.00

Alison Yiangou
Willem Kuyken

Course Description
MBCT for Life (MBCT-L) is intended as a universal taught face-to-face programme, applicable to the general population. As a recent adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (Teasdale, Segal, & Williams, 2013), MBCT-L offers mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural techniques in ways that are intended to be accessible to all. It guides participants in how to apply this learning in everyday life both to manage what is painful and difficult but also to cultivate qualities such as compassion and equanimity. It offers a different way of living that supports people to work with challenges, including recurring patterns of thought and behaviour that create suffering, but also to savour life and to flourish. Following the model of MBCT-D, with 2-hour classes and about 40 minutes of 'formal' home practice per day, MBCT-L is an in-depth programme intended to cultivate lasting and sustainable change. MBCT-L is designed for community settings, where people can come to participate in the programme over 8 weekly sessions as well as a full day of mindfulness practice, which normally takes place between sessions 6 & 7. In future we will be developing an accompanying app and website for participants that provide home practices during the course as well as 'deepening' practices for participants to use after the course has been completed. 'Having now taught the MBCT for Life programme on a few occasions in the NHS general practice in which I work, I have really enjoyed teaching it...The emphasis on appreciation and gratitude seems to be quite transformative and life enhancing.' Sheila Gill We developed and have been evaluating the curriculum as part of the Wellcome Trust funded MYRIAD project (Kuyken et al., 2017) and anticipate that a randomised trial evaluating the MBCT for Life curriculum with health service staff compared with wait-list control will publish in late 2018 / early 2019 (Strauss et al., 2018). It is being taught by MBCT teachers in the UK and overseas with some very affirming feedback. For example, "I absolutely love MBCT for Life. It provides such a supportive, reassuring and at the same times liberating framework to teach within." Alistair Kelly, MBCT Teacher. Over the two days of this workshop, we will first of all introduce the theoretical background and rationale for MBCT-L. We will then move on to participants teaching the MBCT-L curriculum in teach backs, with particular attention being given to the practices and exercises that are bespoke to MBCT-L's intentions and broader population. This includes a greater focus on 'befriending,' 'appreciation,' a 'vicious flower' model of what maintains distress and the skills to support greater responsiveness in thought and action. While it shares the basic structure of MBCT-D ('the warp'), its particularity ('the weft') is designed to support the broader general population in working with distress as well as with flourishing (Crane et al., 2017). Participants will have a chance, during 'teach-backs', to observe and practice teaching the elements of the programme that are not found in MBCT for Depression.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
This workshop is for MBCT teachers who are teaching in line with the UK Good Practice Guidelines or trainees who have completed Foundational Training in MBCT and are interested in learning to teach MBCT-L.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Summer School 2020 - Partnership Day - 10.00 - 16.00 (BST)

Online Course

26/08/2020 - 26/08/2020

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Ruth Baer
Sharon Hadley

Course Description
The OMC launched its Teacher Partnership Programme this year as a way to increase accessibility to MBCT courses and to support OMC-trained teachers. The programme is intended to provide our teaching and training partners with greater access to the latest research findings, insights about teaching competencies, and a network of support. It should also help our recent trainees find apprentice teaching opportunities. We are excited about our growing community of teaching and training partners around the world. The Partnership Day at our 2020 Summer School is an opportunity for our network of partners to come together. We will get to know each other, practice together, and learn about key research findings, curriculum updates, and developments in the mindfulness field. We will discuss any questions you may have about the partnership programme, and most important, we will support each other in these extraordinary times.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
This event is for OMC Teaching / Training or Organisational Partners.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Summer School 2020 - Mindfulness:Taking it Further - 2 Day Teacher Training - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

29/08/2020 - 30/08/2020

09:00 - 17:00

From £200.00

Willem Kuyken
Alison Yiangou

Course Description
"It changed me in just about every way possible; but what do I do next to next?" The quote is not untypical of what people say following an 8-week Mindfulness-based Programme (Allen, Bromley, Kuyken, & Sonnenberg, 2009; Hopkins & Kuyken, 2012). What does happen next? What sustains people beyond the 8-week programmes? How can we help people maintain their mindfulness practice? How can we support people to live with greater wisdom, balance and responsiveness in the myriad different moments of their real lives? Many people graduating an 8-week programme would like to continue the transformational journey they have started and would like some additional guidance and support in this journey. The workshop introduces a new curriculum that is intended for graduates of 8-week programmes to: Reinforce and deepen their mindfulness practice. Deepen and broaden the learning of the key themes from the 8-week curriculum Extend the learning to include The explicit cultivation of the attitudes of mindfulness, in both formal and informal practice The development of the positive valence system to support well-being and flourishing. Support participants in applying all that is learned in their lives, in ways that are consonant with their values. Provide a shared community of practice. Develop participants' capacity and confidence to deepen and extend learning independently. The curriculum uses the theoretical maps outlined in Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology (Feldman & Kuyken, 2019)). It starts from the premise that the themes within mindfulness-based programmes can be explored for a lifetime. The overarching route map for transformative change that we use is of: Stabilizing and anchoring attention; Opening to new ways of being and knowing and; Learning to respond (rather than react). The route map is infused with the attitudes of mindfulness, with a particular emphasis on appreciation, befriending, compassion and equanimity. The curriculum comprises twelve themes. Each is a theme that can be explored in its own right. However, like stepping stones, they can be sequenced to create a structured program comprising 12 steps. However, like stepping stones they can also be inter-locked to create different ways of exploring the themes, perhaps with several themes together being the basis for a residential retreat. This flexibility is designed in to enable MBP teachers to have the flexibility to offer the curriculum in different formats (weekly, monthly, or in residential retreats). Examples of the 12 stepping stones are: 'Attention!'; 'Inhabiting our bodies;' 'Appreciating the life you have;' 'How can I best take care of myself and others?'; 'Cool head, warm heart: The art of balance and equanimity' and; 'Being the change you'd like to see in the world.' Learning and teaching methods The workshop will include teaching, teach-backs in pairs and small groups; opportunities for question and answer, small group work and mindfulness practice. Learning outcomes Over two days we will overview the curriculum and resource MBCT to teach the curriculum to graduates of 8-week programmes. This will include: The overall aims and structure of the curriculum; Teaching and opportunities to practice new curriculum elements and; How best to support people as they undertake the curriculum. A Teacher Pack will be offered, as well as suggestions on how to evaluate teaching the curriculum. However, we do yet have a fully developed Participant Pack as this will be a book with a provisional publication date in 2021.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is primarily for experienced MBI teachers who have normally taught at least 4 x 8-week courses. In addition, teachers are encouraged to thoroughly familiarise them with the underpinning theory and route map as outlined in Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology. Feldman and Kuyken 2019.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Summer School 2020 - Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

24/08/2020 - 25/08/2020

09:00 - 17:00

From £200.00

Chris Cullen
Kitty Wheater

Course Description
The book Mindfulness: a Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Professor Mark Williams and Dan Penman outlines an eight-week 'self-help' adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy that is also highly suitable for teaching in non-clinical settings such as workplaces, with student groups and in public classes. Many mindfulness teachers are finding this to be a well-tuned and useful course for such contexts as it can be delivered in 60-90 minute classes and asks less of participants in terms of 'formal' home practice than MBCT / MBSR. This two-day workshop will explore in detail what needs to be taken into consideration when delivering this course in non-clinical settings. Training will be provided in the distinctive pedagogies of this course and full curriculum materials and handouts for teaching the course will be provided to participants; they are not available by other means.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
This masterclass is for trained mindfulness teachers.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Summer School 2020 - Introducing Buddhist Psychology & Practice for Mindfulness teachers and practitioners - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

27/08/2020 - 28/08/2020

09:00 - 17:00

From £200.00

Chris Cullen

Course Description
Mindfulness is widely acknowledged to have its roots in foundational Buddhist traditions of understanding and practice that stretch back two and a half thousand years. These articulate and reflect remarkably precise and nuanced models of human experience that illuminate the ways in which distress and dissatisfaction can helpfully be understood and alleviated through clearer seeing and practical commitment to cultivating the conditions for flourishing in our personal and collective lives. As mindfulness has increasingly been examined and researched through the lenses of cognitive psychology, neuroscience and social sciences, remarkable degrees of congruence and consistency have been discovered between our latest understandings of human experience and the ancient teachings found in the early Buddhist tradition. In this two-day workshop, we will explore these foundational teachings and the core psychological understandings and orientations within which they contextualise the practice of 'wise mindfulness'. We will investigate the deep congruences between these understandings and the insights and principles underlying and informing contemporary mindfulness-based approaches, especially Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and we will consider what the practical implications of this might be for how we can practise mindfulness today. Please note that as an introduction to Buddhist psychology and practice, this workshop will integrate presentation and discussion with short periods of guided mindfulness practice in which we explore the implications and potential of the material that we are studying together.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
This workshop is for mindfulness teachers and those training to teach mindfulness.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Mindful Movement Workshop for Teachers

Oxford, UK

23/10/2020 - 23/10/2020

09:00 - 15:30

From £100.00

Christina Surawy
Dh Taravajra

Course Description
This workshop will prepare mindfulness teachers to lead mindful movement and breath awareness in MBCT and MBSR programmes. This is an experiential and interactive workshop for practitioners and facilitators of mindfulness and mindful movement. Enquiry and open receptivity are at the heart of this exploratory day. We will examine: How we as practitioners continue to develop compassionate embodied practice and awareness of the dialogue between mind and body through movement and breath; How we as facilitators cultivate and nurture a permissive and responsive atmosphere of movement enquiry that promotes self agency and connection. An underpinning of relevant neurobiology will be included to support our understanding of the interconnection of movement, breath and the nervous system to help shed light on how and why this practice works. In addition to developing a theoretical appreciation of how to guide participants safely towards movement and breath awareness; this workshop will allow for spacious personal enquiry and opportunity for personal and collective reflection on the skills required for teaching and modelling movement practice through embodied presence. You are eligible for this training day if: You are actively working on the OMC's MBCT teacher training pathway and have completed any of the modules, for example: an MBCT course as a participant, a silent retreat, or training days devoted to practice teaching in pairs or groups; Or if you are a mindfulness teacher who is already teaching mindfulness-based interventions and you wish to increase your knowledge of these topics.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - MBCT for OCD - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

24/10/2020 - 25/10/2020

09:30 - 17:00

From £250.00

Fabrizio Didonna

Course Description
This workshop will prepare mindfulness teachers to lead mindful movement and breath awareness in MBCT and MBSR programmes. The program includes: 1. OCD phenomenology, clinical features, and aetiology; 2. Rationale and cultural and scientific basis of MBCT for OCD; 3. Basic tenets and key features of MBCT for OCD; 4. Session format and structure of MBCT for OCD; 5. Video examples of MBCT for OCD in group or individual settings; and 6. Exercises with participants. The curriculum integrates didactic, experiential and small group learning and includes static meditations as well as dynamic meditations (e.g. yoga/mindful movements, mindful walking, etc.). The content and curriculum of each MBCT for OCD class session is explored, using videos of real MBCT for OCD groups, and descriptions of session themes, curricula, and samples of client handouts and practice transcripts.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is open to those who work (or wish to work) with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and in particular mental health professionals, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, clinical social workers, and licensed mental health counsellors including trained MBCT teachers.
Foundational Teacher Training

Foundational Teacher Training Programme - Monthly Format

London, UK

16/10/2020 - 17/07/2021
2 days per month - Friday and Saturday

09:00 - 17:00

From £5250.00

OMC Teacher

Course Description
Is the course for me? The aim of the course is to develop the personal practice, knowledge, and skills necessary to begin to teach MBCT. The course is suitable for those who have completed the prerequisites of the Training Pathway and who are able and willing to work towards the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations Good Practice Guidelines. The training is suitable for both clinicians and for those aiming to teach in a non-clinical setting. What will I learn? The training course is a unique and high-quality program that brings together the OMC's expertise in research, training, and innovation. It integrates deepening of personal mindfulness practice with the development of teaching skills and training in theory research, and professional competencies. The course consists of 2 half days, 16 whole days, and a 4-night residential mindfulness retreat (dates TBC) held across an academic year, typically from September through June or October through July. Elements of the course include: An experiential MBCT course: Experienced trainers will guide you through the 8 sessions of an MBCT course to develop a shared understanding of mindfulness meditation as taught in MBCT and to deepen and strengthen personal practice; Teaching practice with peers - first in pairs, then in groups; Expert-led teaching days and workshops on core topics such as inquiry, group skills, Buddhist psychology, the evidence base, and ethics; A 4-night residential mindfulness retreat intended to deepen experiential understanding of mindfulness through guided intensive practice and support regular meetings with a mentor; A formative assessment of competency using the Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) to provide individual feedback on teaching strengths and areas for skill development. To complete the Teacher Training you will need to: Attend a minimum of 80% of the course and all of the Teacher Training Workshops; Commit to continuing a daily formal and informal mindfulness meditation practice; Complete a daily reflective journal of your experiences of personal mindfulness practice.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
This training is for mindfulness practitioners who have a regular personal mindfulness practice for at least a year, have taken part in a structured face to face or online 8-week/ 5-day MBCT programme, and have knowledge and experience of the population to whom you would like to teach MBCT.
Teacher Training

Online - Module 4 - In collaboration with our Asia and Oceania team - 07:30 - 13:00 (BST)

Online Course

06/07/2020 - 11/07/2020
07.30 to 13.00 UK time over 6 consecutive days

07:30 - 13:00

From £650.00

Christina Surawy
Ee Lin Ong

Course Description
This online Module 4 involves further teaching on the theory underpinning MBCT, and its adaptations; and learning to teach all the MBCT course elements to small groups with more advanced teach-backs and; beginning to understand the structure and developmental progression of MBCT over 8 weeks and beyond. Learning is informed by greater embodiment developed in Module 3.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
Module 4 is the last component of Foundational Training to Teach MBCT in the block format. Completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3 is required in advance of attending Module 4. In addition participants are required to have completed the OMC Foundational Workshops - Inquiry, Group Skills and Buddhist Psychology before joining the Module 4. Attendance at further workshops of Research and Evaluation, Orientation and Ethics is required to complete the full OMC training pathway.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Inquiry in MBCT - Teacher Workshop - in collaboration with our Asia and Oceania team - 08.30 - 13.00 (BST)

Online Course

27/07/2020 - 28/07/2020

08:30 - 13:00

From £100.00

Christina Surawy
Ee Lin Ong

Course Description
Inquiry skills are often perceived as the most difficult teaching skills to learn, yet periods of inquiry in MBCT sessions have great potential for enhancing participants' learning. Inquiry is sometimes described as a crucible where participants' learning history, current concerns, and experiences during mindfulness practices combine with the teacher's embodiment of mindfulness, understanding of MBCT theory, and relational skills to enable learning that is potentially transformational.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Cognitive and Behavioural Foundations - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

27/09/2020 - 27/09/2020

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Ruth Baer

Course Description
This workshop is intended for MBCT teachers, or teachers in training, who do not have a professional background in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), or would like to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the cognitive-behavioural elements of MBCT. The workshop will focus on the CBT concepts and methods that are most directly relevant for teaching the cognitive-behavioural exercises in MBCT, with emphasis on the Thoughts and Feelings exercise (Walking Down the Street) and the Vicious Flower. Topics for presentation and discussion include the relationship between CBT and meditation practice in MBCT and the scientific background and CBT methods most relevant to skilful teaching of MBCT. Participants will apply this information by teaching the Thoughts and Feelings exercise and the Vicious Flower to each other in groups, in a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere focused on skill development. Opportunities for Q& A and discussion of other cognitive-behavioural elements of CBT will also be provided. If you would like a deeper understanding of the foundations and intentions of the cognitive-behavioural elements of MBCT and an opportunity to refine your skills for leading these exercises so that the learning points are as clear as possible, you are welcome to attend this workshop.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Teaching Mindfulness-based Interventions in the Time of Corona - An Exploration and Dialogue with Willem Kuyken - 16.00 - 19.30 (BST)

Online Course

08/06/2020 - 08/06/2020
Monday 4pm - 7pm (BST

16:00 - 19:00

From £30.00

Willem Kuyken

Course Description
The COVID 19 pandemic is perhaps the most significant global challenge of this generation. Besides the horrifying spectre of all the people infected by the virus, it has affected us all, profoundly. It holds up a mirror to our vulnerability. It has disoriented us. What we took to be firm ground has turned out to be shifting sand. Our lives have been disrupted. New issues, which perhaps we'd neglected, demand our attention. It has no respect for borders, showing how inter-connected we are as a species. At the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre we have long spoken about the potential of mindfulness to make sense of and navigate through our lives - serving as a compass and route map. Never in the time since secular mindfulness has become mainstream has the world needed that compass and route map more than now. This workshop will be an exploration and dialogue on two themes: 1. What do the people we serve need just now, to support them in navigating through these challenging times? 2. How can we adapt our mindfulness teaching to meet this need, to meet people where they are, and support them in navigating these unprecedented times. The workshop will start with some background and a refresher on the warp and weft of MBIs. In small groups and then as a large group we will explore the two themes. We will draw together our shared learning about how we can adapt our curricula and teaching to meet participants where they are, support their learning and help them navigate through this pandemic. Facilitator Willem Kuyken is the inaugural Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Sciences and Principal Investigator for the research programme within the Department of Psychiatry. His work focuses on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, Willem's research examines how mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
To join this session teachers should either be listed on Access MBCT, the UK BAMBA list of teachers or be in training at the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre or with one of ACCESS MBCT recognized Training Centres.
Teacher Training

Online - Module 4 - One Day a Week Format - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

07/10/2020 - 18/11/2020
Weekly on a Wednesday for 7 weeks - OCT 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov 4, 11 ,18

09:00 - 17:00

From £650.00

Marion Furr
Maret Dymond

Course Description
This non-residential Module 4 involves further teaching on the theory underpinning MBCT, and its adaptations; and learning to teach all the MBCT course elements to small groups with more advanced teach-backs and; beginning to understand the structure and developmental progression of MBCT over 8 weeks and beyond. Learning is informed by greater embodiment developed in previous retreat(s) participants attended (Module 3).
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
Module 4 is the last component of Foundational Training to Teach MBCT in the block format. Completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3 is required in advance of attending Module 4. In addition participants are required to have completed the OMC Foundational Workshops - Inquiry, Group Skills and Buddhist Psychology before joining the Module 4.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Teaching Mindfulness Online - Masterclass for Mindfulness Teachers - 11.00 - 13.00 (BST)

Online Course

10/06/2020 - 24/06/2020
10th, 17th & 24th June 2020

11:00 - 13:00

From £130.00

Ted Meissner

Course Description
To help the continued growth in the delivery of high-quality mindfulness programming in its online live portfolio, a masterclass will be offered to interested teachers. This course provides the hands-on experience to complement existing materials, and is intended to help teacher competency and confidence in delivering mindfulness online live using digital technology. Note that this course is designed for experienced mindfulness teachers only, as teaching mindfulness itself is outside the scope of this training. Teachers of all mindfulness interventions will be eligible to apply if they have completed a 12 month supervised training pathway. Learning Objectives At the conclusion of the three modules, participants will: Understand the technical requirements and have experience using Zoom as a delivery tool. Be able to prepare their teaching space for mindfulness programming with video and audio. Have a foundational understanding and practice fostering connection with participants online. This program will be taught live online using Zoom. Participants are encouraged to review two hand-outs: Online Participant Cheat Sheet; Online Teacher Cheat Sheet. Participants should also watch the following videos prior to the first online live session: Introduction to Zoom for Mindfulness Programs; Audio and Video Considerations for Mindfulness Program; Connecting Virtually for Mindfulness Programs. The above guidance reading and videos will be emailed out to participants a month prior to the training. For a further reading about the value of video conferencing for mindfulness programming, see "Video Conferencing for Mindfulness Programs: Benefits, Experiences, and Recommendations," International Journal of Whole Person Care, Vol. 4, #2, June 2017.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
This masterclass is for experienced mindfulness teachers.
Foundational Teacher Training

Online - Foundational Teacher Training Programme - Weekly teaching block format

Online Course

04/09/2020 - 13/08/2021
Fridays - 09.00 - 17.00 BST with one block teaching for retreat element

09:00 - 17:00

From £3500.00

OMC Teacher

Course Description
The aim of this online course is to provide a solid platform for developing your teaching. The course is suitable for those who have completed the prerequisites for the course and are able and willing to work towards the UK Network of Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations Good Practice Guidelines for UK Mindfulness-Based Teachers. The training is suitable for both clinicians and for those aiming to teach in a non clinical setting. See the application form for the full list of the 23 teaching days
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
This training is for mindfulness practitioners who have a regular personal mindfulness practice for at least a year, have taken part in a structured face to face or online 8-week/ 5-day MBCT programme, and have knowledge and experience of the population to whom you would like to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Research and Evaluation - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

03/11/2020 - 03/11/2020

09:30 - 17:00

From £100.00

Ruth Baer

Course Description
MBCT is an evidence-based program. Effective teachers need an understanding of the evidence base in order to communicate effectively with potential participants and other interested parties about what the evidence shows and the limitations of current knowledge. Effective teachers also adopt an empirical mind-set. Rather than assuming that their courses must be effective because the literature says MBCT is helpful, they collect data to find out how their participants are responding to the course. The first half of the day provides an informative summary of the evidence base for MBCT and other important topics in the mindfulness field. Topics covered include: Assessment of mindfulness. Why should we attempt to measure mindfulness, what methods are available, how effective are they, and what have we learned about mindfulness and MBPs from this research? Efficacy of MBPs. What does research tell us about the benefits of MBPs? What do they help with, and how much? How do they compare with other evidence-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing? Other questions about efficacy. How much home practice are participants doing, and does it matter? Are self-help and online programs effective? Is MBCT cost-effective? What are the effects on the brain? Can evidence-based MBPs cause harm? Mechanisms of change in MBPs. How do beneficial effects of MBPs come about? What are the important changes? Effects of mindfulness training on kindness and compassion. The second half of the day cultivates teachers' skills for adopting an empirical attitude about the courses they teach. Topics include: Why evaluating the courses we teach is important; How to develop useful questions about the courses we teach; Measures recommended by the OMC for assessing outcomes, mechanisms of change, acceptability, harmful and unpleasant experiences, and home practice; Thinking empirically about the findings obtained; Evaluating our teaching using the MBI-TAC framework.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Orientation & Assessment, and Ethics - Teacher Workshop - 09.30 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

17/11/2020 - 17/11/2020

09:30 - 17:00

From £100.00

Ruth Baer

Course Description
Mindfulness is clearly acknowledged to have its roots in the foundational Buddhist tradition that stretches back two and a half thousand years. This is a two-part workshop. The morning session cultivates skills that mindfulness teachers need before a course begins: orienting potential participants to MBCT and gathering essential information about them. The afternoon session covers important ethical issues in the mindfulness field. Orientation: People who are thinking about participating in a mindfulness-based program (MBP) need information about the course. Part of the teacher's job is to provide this information in helpful ways. Many teachers have websites describing the courses they offer. Some provide introductory group sessions or taster sessions. Others conduct individual pre-course interviews, in person or by phone. Each of these requires careful thought about what information should be provided and how it should be conveyed. Skilful orientation can help potential participants understand what to expect from the course and how it might help them. This can build interest, motivation and commitment in some participants while helping others decide that this is not the right course or the right time for them. Assessment: Just as participants need information about the course, teachers need information about potential participants. A mindfulness course may not be suitable for everyone who expresses interest. People with current suicidal thoughts, active misuse of substances, serious post-traumatic stress, recent bereavement, or other stressors might not benefit or might experience harmful effects. Skilful assessment enables teachers to decide who should be accepted onto the course and who should be referred elsewhere or advised to consider the course at another time. It also alerts teachers to aspects of participants' histories and current concerns that may require monitoring as the course progresses. Orientation and assessment are ethical necessities. They support the primary ethical imperative to do no harm as well as related principles such as informed consent, truth in advertising, and practicing within one's scope of competence. Discussion of these points at the end of the morning session leads naturally into the afternoon session on ethics in MBPs. Ethics: This part of the day covers several important issues in the mindfulness field. Professional ethics for mindfulness teachers. Mindfulness teaching is not a regulated profession and does not yet have an established code of professional ethics. The Good Practice Guidelines state that mindfulness teachers should adhere to the ethical framework appropriate to their professional background and working context. However, mindfulness teachers have a variety of professional backgrounds, some of which do not have ethics codes applicable to mindfulness teaching. Familiarity with basic tenets of professional ethics is essential for mindfulness teachers. Harm and adverse events in MBPs. Research shows that harm can occur in some practitioners of meditation. Mindfulness teachers need an understanding of these issues and skills for working with difficulties that arise in their course participants. Ethical issues associated with Buddhist roots of MBPs. MBPs have roots in Buddhist traditions but are adapted for mainstream settings. Controversy sometimes arises about whether MBPs are too close to their Buddhist roots for some contexts or too far away from their Buddhist roots for others. Ethical communication about MBPs. Hype about mindfulness is common in today's world. Mindfulness teachers need skills for speaking accurately about what the evidence shows and does not show and the potential risks and benefits of MBPs.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Inquiry in MBCT - Spanish Teacher Workshop - in collaboration with our Brazil partners - 13.00 - 21.00 (BST)

Online Course

31/07/2020 - 31/07/2020

13:00 - 21:00

From £120.00

Paul Bernard

Course Description
Inquiry skills are often perceived as the most difficult teaching skills to learn, yet periods of inquiry in MBCT sessions have great potential for enhancing participants' learning. Inquiry is sometimes described as a crucible where participants' learning history, current concerns, and experiences during mindfulness practices combine with the teacher's embodiment of mindfulness, understanding of MBCT theory, and relational skills to enable learning that is potentially transformational. This foundational workshop will demystify this process through a variety of teaching methods.
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?
The workshop is for teachers of Mindfulness and those training to teach Mindfulness. The content will be delivered in English and translated into Spanish therefore participants need to be proficient in either English or Spanish. Application forms can be completed in either language