Oxford Mindfulness aims to collaborate not compete in the field of mindfulness. Where others are aligned to our values and partnerships are mutually beneficial, we believe co-working will provide the best service to the field therefore we actively encourage this approach.
At Oxford Mindfulness we have made a commitment to support the field by increasing accessibility to MBCT courses. The Teacher Partnership Programme outlined below is intended to provide a way to support this vision on a wider platform than we have attempted before. We are therefore inviting Oxford Mindfulness trained teachers currently teaching MBCT courses, including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT); Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L); Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World; Mindfulness: Taking it Further and Mindfulness; Childbirth and Parenting etc to deliver their teaching via the Teacher Partnership Programme.
Our overall vision and objective with this Partnership Programme is to increase accessibility in 5 key areas:
Increase access to mindfulness – By listing courses on the Mindful Directory website, the Partnership Programme will provide support and structure to teachers on a global scale, enabling their courses to be visible to a much wider network
Increase access to apprenticeship placements – We will identify and list suitability experienced trainers and apprenticeship placement opportunities for those training to teach with Oxford Mindfulness.
Increase access to research – The courses offered via the Partnership Programme will contribute to wider mindfulness research projects. Course participants will be asked to give consent to be contacted by the research team at Oxford. Participation in research projects will be voluntary.
Increase access to teaching feedback – Feedback gathered from course participants will be structured around the MBI:TAC and other key performance and quality indicators. Via a fully anonymous system, teachers will be able to compare their teaching feedback to others in the Partnership Programme.
Increase access to a network of teacher support – Teachers on the Partnership Programme will be part of the Oxford Mindfulness Community. Annual Partnership gatherings will share key research findings; curriculum development updates; updates on field developments and provide an opportunity to come together and practice
Mindfulness teachers who meet all the below criteria are eligible to apply:
Undertaken MBCT Teacher Training with one of the ACCESSMBCT recognised Training Organisations
Have taught two MBCT courses under supervision
Have received a minimum of 20 supervision sessions for mindfulness teaching
Commit to an ethical code of conduct for mindfulness teaching
Applications need to be endorsed with a written statement from a mindfulness supervisor who confirms the applicant meets the above criteria and is ready to teach.
Being a member of the Oxford Mindfulness Teacher Partnership Programme is not simply a way to recruit participants to courses, it is a commitment to be an active member of a global teaching and research community.
Key principles of membership are described in the table below:
|Collaborate with Oxford Mindfulness to develop teaching skills||Be open to receiving feedback from participants and peers. A new participant feedback measure based on the MBI:TAC will be introduced by Oxford Mindfulness to gain individual feedback to support teaching skills and support wider field evaluation.|
|Embrace membership of a community of teachers||Engage with local teacher groups (where available) and with the wider teaching community.|
|Be part of a global research initiative||Recruit all course participants via the online Oxford Mindfulness system.|
|Be part of a global research initiative||Support the research team to contact participants by communicating the research elements of the Partnership Programme.|
|Remain up to date with latest research findings||Attend a ‘Partnership Development Day’ offered by Oxford Mindfulness at least once every 3 years and read key information distributed to the partnership members in between gatherings.|
|Adapt teaching and curricula in response to research findings and guidance from Oxford Mindfulness||Receive and act on guidance from Oxford Mindfulness offered either the Partnership Development Days or in key information documents.|
|Support field consistency in terms of teacher and participant ratios||Deliver MBCT classes to group sizes consistent with the teacher:participant ratios recommended by Oxford Mindfulness*.|
|Remain active as a teacher||Offer at least one MBCT course every 2 years via the Partnership Programme.|
|Participate in Partnership Programme membership reviews||Participate in an annual review. Participant feedback will form part of membership reviews and support sessions held by the team at Oxford Mindfulness|
|Support access to apprenticeship placements||Teachers who have taught 9 or more courses training will offer apprenticeship opportunities to teachers who are in training with Oxford Mindfulness Centre.|
|Consider financial accessibility to courses||Consider the impact course fees have on local accessibility and price course fees appropriate to the local economy. Where possible offer bursary places for those who would struggle to meet course fees.|
|Adhere to ethical frameworks||Follow guidelines offered in a ‘Code of Conduct’ framework. Current the OMC adopts the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA) framework**|
* Teaching ratio guidance for MBCT courses.
At Oxford Mindfulness we recommend the below maximum teaching ratios
|Programme||Ratio – Teacher:Participants|
|Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World||1:30|
|Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy||1:16|
|Mindfulness for Life||1:16|
|Mindfulness: Taking it Further||1:12|
We ask that those teaching via the Oxford Mindfulness Teaching Partnership Programme are aligned with the teacher:participant ratios to bring consistency to the field when offering MBCT courses. There may be circumstances where these ratios are lower (possibly due to recruitment issues) or higher (possibly due to demand and need). However, we trust teachers in this Partnership Programme to make a judgement on ratios based on the circumstances of each course, considering location, support, population etc and not exceed the maximum ratio recommended without strong justification and discussion with their mindfulness supervisor.
The Mindful Directory is an established global directory of mindfulness teachers and events. Via a partnership with Mindful.org the directory has public engagement reach on a large scale. In line with our partnership ethos, we have collaborated with the Mindful Directory to list and promote all OMC courses and events, this includes all Teaching Partnership events.
To avoid confusion and allow for individual teaching partners to set differing fees (taking into accounting of their own local economies) we will not be listing teaching partner events on the OMC website as this will result in discrepancies in courses fees and overlapping of scheduling of OMC events. The Mindful Directory events section is specifically designed for this multi global listing function, there will be no additional event listing fees payable to the Mindful Directory.
Partnership Programme membership is renewed each year without an annual application / membership fee so long as the terms of membership are being met.
Oxford Mindfulness reserves the right to cancel membership. Any cancellation would always involve communication with the member.
Reasons for cancellation could include:
While the Oxford Mindfulness Partnership Programme is not intended or structured to be a profit-making initiative within Oxford Mindfulness, it does need to cover the costs of administering the programme. In keeping with our commitment to accessibility, we have designed a sliding scale of fees. There are two fees elements as part of the Partnership Programme:
This one-off fee pays for the administrative work within Oxford Mindfulness to review your initial application to join the Partnership Programme. This includes reviewing your application, adding you to the website etc. and introducing you to the Oxford Mindfulness system which includes an electronic ‘participant management’ functionality.
As this is a new initiative for Oxford Mindfulness and the field, we will be monitoring whether the Partnership Programme is meeting its stated aims and contributing effectively to the field. If the Partnership Programme does not meet its aims and contribute to the field, it will be discontinued. The initial fee is non-refundable, however we have made a commitment to run this programme to March 2021 after which there will be a formal review.
The fee for the initial application is tiered to support teachers to join the programme:
is less than the operating costs but has been subsidised by others who have paid the ‘Supporting Rate’
covers all operating costs to process the application
is over and above the operating costs but supports others less financially able to join
The on-going financing of the Partnership Programme is achieved by a ‘event charge’ for each course which is offered using the OMC booking system.
For the most equitable financial structure we have adopted a model of charging each teacher a variable listing charge per course listed. The listing charge per course is the same fee the teacher charges one participant to attend that particular course. To allow for regional variations and different populations, the participant fee to join courses is set by the teacher, not the OMC. Therefore, the listing charge payable to the OMC will vary based on the participant fee to join each course i.e if the course participants are charged an average of £200 per place, the listing charge payable to the OMC for that course will be £200. If there are varying participant fees to join a course, the average participant fee is payable as the event charge.
We believe this system will increase accessibility and better allow teachers operating in a range of economic areas to join the programme.
The OMC will collaborate with the Mindful Directory to promote all courses but does not guarantee recruitment. The fee is not connected to course occupancy levels but will be refunded if courses are cancelled.
Partnership Programme Teachers are free to run courses outside the partnership agreement. However, only courses offered via the OMC partnership can hold any promotional connection to the OMC. Partnership status (including teacher bio and certificates etc) should not be affiliated or connected in any way to courses or events being offered outside of the partnership structure.
All members will be offered an Oxford Mindfulness Teacher Partner logo along with guidance on how members can communicate their membership status.
Having read more about the vision, key principles and terms of the partnership, if would now like to join then please do follow the link to formally apply. We will review your application and collaborate with you to support your programme membership.
At the OMC we are committed to working collaboratively with field colleagues, to research and introduce mindfulness to all areas of society and to support people with mindfulness skills to navigate difficult times and live fuller lives. If you would like to partner with us to introduce mindfulness in your area please get in touch via this link
ACCESS MBCT is an international listing of professionals who are committed to excellence in the delivery, training and dissemination of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
Led by Zindel Segal, Oxford Mindfulness and a wonderful group of colleagues we developed this freely available, searchable, standards-based international registry of MBCT therapists / teachers that will allow members of the public to find MBCT therapists who practice in their community. For more info see the website.
Mindful Directory aims to bring all quality mindfulness events onto one platform for the ease of teachers and participants globally. Criteria is aligned with the Good Practice Guidelines helping to maintain the quality of the listings.
Oxford Mindfulness is one of many partner organisations who has committed to displaying all their events on mindfuldirectory.org.
We are supported by greyrabbit, a Midlands-based full service creative agency. They manage the OMC’s marketing and communications, including social media, web development and operate the day-to-day running of the website. Along side these services they also design and supply the OMC with its printed course materials and promotional literature.
Check out a full range of greyrabbit’s services on their website, here.
The Mindfulness Network
We have partnered with the Mindfulness Network as a recommended organisation for supervision. Their supervisors meet not only the UK Network’s Good Practice Guidelines for Supervisors but also their own additional stringent requirements.
For further information and to find a supervisor please visit their website here.
The OMC supports the SiTT (Support for Integrity in Teaching and Training) Group which offers space for Mindfulness Teachers to come together in practice and peer reflection. Members of the SiTT Community connect at monthly group meetings, community days and other events, supporting one another to meet ongoing Good Practice Guidelines.
To set up a SiTT Group in your area or to find out more please contact Sophie Sansom via SiTTmindfully@gmail.com
The OMC and Mentre Aberta have been collaborating for many years to bring MBCT to Brazil and surrounding areas. Mentre Aberta is well aligned to the OMC mission and values as a Centre for the promotion and dissemination of Mindfulness-based interventions with a focus on practices and programmes, professional training and scientific research.