Group Skills for MBCT Teachers Workshop (Oxford, UK)

Workshop details

Course Leaders

To be confirmed

How long is this Workshop?

One day from 9:30am to 5pm

Who is this Workshop for?

Teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT

Where is the Workshop?

POWIC Building, Oxford

How many people on this Workshop?

Up to 40

How much does this Workshop cost?

£135 including lunch and refreshments

Available workshops:

2nd Oct 2020

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Group Skills for MBCT Workshop

2nd October 2020

What is this Workshop about?

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