How can you become a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Teacher? What are the central skills, knowledge and attributes of any mindfulness teacher? Which skills, knowledge and attributes are needed for teaching particular courses, to particular groups and in specific settings?
The University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre has been at the foreground of MBCT training since MBCT was developed by our Founding Director Professor Mark Williams, and his colleagues Zindel Segal in Toronto and John Teasdale in Cambridge. Our mission is to train the next generation of MBCT teachers, both by offering training but also mentoring and supporting new and emerging training centres around the world.
Welcome to the OMC’s training pathway. This always follows fours steps in line with the internationally recognized MBCT Training Pathway published in 2018. These four steps our outlined below. We offer several different ways to become an MBCT teacher, that acknowledge your background knowledge, skills and mindfulness practice. We have step off points depending on your needs and what you want to do with this training. Finally we have several different training routes, including an academic University of Oxford Masters and a non-academic professional training. These are intended to suit the different background and needs of different people.
Deciding which route to take
To develop competency as an MBCT teacher we offer two routes: the academic route and the non-academic route.
Pre-requisites for training to teach MBCT
Particular experiences are necessary before you can begin your teaching journey with the OMC.
Step 1 – Teacher Training
This section focuses on the non-academic route.
Step 2 – Apprentice Teaching
Upon completion of Step 1 (Foundational Training), you may be eligible for Step 2 of the OMC’s teacher training pathway: Apprentice Teaching.
Step 3 – Teacher Certification
As an apprentice teacher you can apply for a trained teacher certificate or formal competency assessment when you have met all of the requirements and your supervisor agrees that you are ready.
Step 4 – Continuing Education
It is important for you as a competent MBCT teacher to continue to develop skills, deepen experiential understanding, and develop specialist areas of expertise.
The Four Steps
To learn more about this pathway and how to follow it.