Further Update: Don’t miss out! Final Opportunity to complete your ‘Modular’ Teacher Training Pathway by Marion Furr
As the OMF’s Operations Lead, I want to remind you about the changes to our teacher-training programme that we have been announcing over the past year.
Until 2021, we had been offering two different non-academic ways to train as a teacher: the 12-month “Cohort” route, and the “Modular” route.
The changes I’m about to describe only affect our Modular training. So, if you’re currently part of a 12-month teacher-training Cohort, with all your training dates scheduled in advance, these changes do not apply to you.
If you have completed some (but not all) modules and workshops for the Modular training route, please read this blog carefully.
Over the past year, we have advised we are phasing out the Modular teacher-training route.
The Modular route offered people the opportunity to join teacher-training “modules” and individual supporting workshops sequentially at times that have suited them – potentially stretching out longer than a 12-month period.
Whilst at the time it made complete sense to offer all our teacher training in-person, either in Oxford or internationally, there were many reasons why this was also restrictive as a model. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to move on-line which we have found to work very well and has helped us increase accessibility and remove many of the barriers present with fact-to-face training. Online delivery is now the main route for training to teach 8-week courses with the OMF.
Of course, if you have started on the modular programme, we want to make sure you have the opportunity to finish your teacher training and we have been communicating this over the past 12 months.
If you have already completed modules 1 and 2, to complete your training you are required to participate in a range of workshops (listed below) plus a retreat (sometimes called module 3) and Module 4.
Opportunities to attend the workshops in time to register for the final Module 4 are listed below, together with the links to apply.
We will post details of the Origins of Mindfulness Workshop & Retreat on our website very soon, so please keep checking regularly.
After this final Module 4, the Modular teacher training route will be discontinued completely, and it will not be possible for you complete and apply for a trained teacher certificate via this route.
If you plan to teach mindfulness following your previous modular training with us, and you have not completed all the pathway, we strongly encourage you to register on the workshops, retreat and final training block so that you do not miss out. We expect to have sufficient capacity for all, however please do apply early to help us manage the demand and ensure your place.
If you have any questions, please do feel free to contact me directly via firstname.lastname@example.org
With warm wishes,
Inquiry in MBCT – 28 September 2022.
Group Skills for MBCT – 29 September 2022
Teacher Training Module 4
The final Module 4 takes place in 2023 on February 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 15, 22, 29.
Cognitive & Behavioural Foundations of MBCT 4 February 2023
Ethics, Orientation and Assessment in MBCT – 11 March 2023
Research & Evaluation 25 March 2023
Origins of Mindfulness (previously called Buddhist Psychology) &
5-day Retreat – Dates to be announced soon. Check the website.