Workshops

Becoming Trauma-Sensitive: Making Mindfulness and Meditation Safe for Trauma Survivors - 2-day training over 4 sessions (17.00 - 20:00 BST each day)

Online Course

12/04/2021 - 03/05/2021
12/04/2021 / 19/04/2021 / 26/04/2021 / 03/05/2021 - 4 weekly sessions of 3 hours each week

17:00 - 20:00

From £200.00

David Treleaven

Course Description

Designed for mindfulness providers (e.g., meditation and yoga teachers) and wellness professionals who offer mindfulness practices and interventions, the workshop draws upon up-to-date empirical research to inform best-practices for trauma-sensitive care.

Through lecture, case study, and experiential practice, participants will leave the workshop:

Understanding why meditation can create dysregulation for people who’ve experienced trauma and specific ways you can prevent this;

Prepared to recognize symptoms of traumatic stress while offering mindfulness interventions;

Informed about current empirical research regarding mindfulness and trauma, including evidence-based interventions you can apply immediately to your work;

Equipped with tools and modifications to help you work skilfully with dysregulated arousal, traumatic flashbacks, and trauma-related dissociation.

From schools to psychotherapy offices, mindfulness meditation is an increasingly mainstream practice. At the same time, trauma remains a fact of life: the majority of us will experience a traumatic event in our lifetime, and some will develop post-traumatic stress. While this may appear to be a good thing – trauma is an extreme form of stress, and mindfulness is a proven stress-reduction tool – the reality creates a complex challenge.

Emerging research suggests that mindfulness interventions can help or hinder trauma survivors, raising a crucial question for mindfulness educators everywhere: How can you be prepared to minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness for survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits at the same time?

David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. He is the author of the acclaimed new book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (W. W. Norton), and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community — a group committed to setting a standard of care within mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs.

2-day workshop delivered online via zoom over 4 days - one day each week 
12/04/2021 / 19/04/2021 / 26/04/2021 / 03/05/2021
Each day 3 hours - 17.00 - 20.00 UK Time

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

Designed for mindfulness teachers and other professionals who intergrate mindfulness in their work , this two-day workshop - led by author and trauma specialist, David Treleaven, PhD, will equip you with the tools you need to offer mindfulness in a safe, effective, trauma-sensitive way

Workshops

Online - Orientation & Assessment, and Ethics - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

20/05/2021 - 20/05/2021

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Ruth Baer

Course Description
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

Online - Orientation & Assessment, and Ethics - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

22/07/2021 - 22/07/2021

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Paul Bernard

Course Description
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

Online - Orientation & Assessment, and Ethics - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

18/11/2021 - 18/11/2021
Thursday

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Ruth Baer

Course Description
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

Online - Research and Evaluation - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

27/05/2021 - 27/05/2021

09:00 - 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

Online - Research and Evaluation - Teacher Workshop - 12.00 - 20.00 UK TIME

Online Course

26/08/2021 - 26/08/2021
Thursday 26th August 2021 12.00 - 20.00 (BST)

12:00 - 20:00

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

Online - Research and Evaluation - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

25/11/2021 - 25/11/2021
Thursday 25 November 2021 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

09:00 - 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

Online - Origins of Mindfulness - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME (C976)

Online Course

30/06/2021 - 30/06/2021

09:00 - 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 open to all trained mindfulness teachers and forms part of the training pathway for those training to teach MBCT.

Workshops

Online - Mindfulness for Life - 2-Day Teacher Training - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

26/03/2021 - 27/03/2021

09:00 - 17:00

From £200.00

Paul Bernard
Jo Cromarty

Sorry, this course is fully booked

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 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

Online - Origins of Mindfulness - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

19/03/2021 - 19/03/2021
Friday 19 March 2021 09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Jake Dartington

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 open to all trained mindfulness teachers and forms part of the training pathway for those training to teach MBCT.

Workshops

Online - Origins of Mindfulness - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

17/09/2021 - 17/09/2021
Friday 17 December 2021 09:00 - 17:00 GMT

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Jake Dartington

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 open to all trained mindfulness teachers and forms part of the training pathway for those training to teach MBCT.

Teacher Training Retreat

5 Day Personal Retreat - Online

Online Course

22/03/2021 - 26/03/2021
Monday - Friday 22/03/2021 - 16/03/2021

08:30 - 17:30

From £475.00

Jaya Rudgard
Jake Dartington

Course Description

Participating in an extended silent retreat is an invaluable way of deepening the personal practice of mindfulness meditation and is viewed as an indispensable step to becoming an instructor in mindfulness-based approaches including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).   It represents an opportunity for practitioners with an established meditation practice to deepen their personal experience of mindfulness meditation and to explore its roots in the Buddhist tradition as a foundation for teaching others.

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

To participate, you need to have completed either an OMC 8-week introductory course or an equivalent elsewhere. This personal retreat also serves as mindfulness teacher retreats requirements, it meets the OMC Module 3 requirements as well as general teacher Good Practice Guidelines to attend an annual personal retreat

Workshops

Online - Inquiry in MBCT - Teacher Workshop Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 UK TIME

Online Course

11/03/2021 - 11/03/2021

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Tim Sweeney
Andy Phee

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?

  This workshop is required for trainees on the OMC’s teacher training pathway and should be completed after Modules 1 and 2 and before Module 4.

·       This workshop is also open to trained MBCT teachers who would like to spend a day working with inquiry skills, and to teachers of other evidence-based mindfulness programmes who would like to learn more about how inquiry is conducted in MBCT.

·       If you are a trainee teacher on a pathway outside of the OMC, you are welcome at this workshop if you have completed some elements of your teacher training.

·       Please do not sign up for this workshop if your only experience with MBCT is participating in an 8-week course.


 

 

Workshops

Online - Working with Groups in Mindfulness-based Interventions - Teacher Workshop 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

19/04/2021 - 19/04/2021
19/04/21

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Merran Barber
Tim Sweeney

Course Description

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed to be taught in a group setting and has a strong emphasis on common humanity as well as working with universal processes of vulnerability (reactivity, rumination, etc.).

A group context enables participants to experience the sense of common humanity and begin to understand that vulnerability is universal. This in turn enables and supports connection and compassion. 

A core component of teaching MBCT skilfully, is the ability to mindfully form a group and to hold it through various group stages/processes/ patterns and to guide it through the ending process. 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 learning environment. It will help teachers to reflect on how a group forms, develops and ends and develop skills in managing challenges, processes and patterns/ dynamics within the group.

The workshop is largely experiential, and will include a variety of teaching methods, including some ‘role plays’…. to work together trying out new skills and ideas whilst experimenting with a variety of situations which often crop up in any group.

The workshop aims to develop teachers’ confidence – “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? 

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

TThis workshop is required for trainees on the OMC’s teacher training pathway and should be completed after Modules 1 and 2 and before Module 4.

·       This workshop is also open to trained MBCT teachers who would like to learn more about skills for working effectively with MBCT groups.

·       If you are a trainee teacher on a pathway outside of the OMC, you are welcome at this workshop if you have completed some elements of your teacher training.

·       Please do not sign up for this workshop if your only experience with MBCT is participating in an 8-week course.


 

Workshops

Online - Inquiry in MBCT - Teacher Workshop Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 UK TIME

Online Course

06/07/2021 - 06/07/2021

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Paul Bernard
Jo Cromarty

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?

TThis workshop is required for trainees on the OMC’s teacher training pathway and should be completed after Modules 1 and 2 and before Module 4.

·       This workshop is also open to trained MBCT teachers who would like to spend a day working with inquiry skills, and to teachers of other evidence-based mindfulness programmes who would like to learn more about how inquiry is conducted in MBCT.

·       If you are a trainee teacher on a pathway outside of the OMC, you are welcome at this workshop if you have completed some elements of your teacher training.

·       Please do not sign up for this workshop if your only experience with MBCT is participating in an 8-week course.

Workshops

Online - Inquiry in MBCT - Teacher Workshop Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 UK TIME

Online Course

12/10/2021 - 12/10/2021
Tuiesday 12 October 2021 09:00-17:00

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Tim Sweeney
Merran Barber

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?

This workshop is required for trainees on the OMC’s teacher training pathway and should be completed after Modules 1 and 2 and before Module 4.

·       This workshop is also open to trained MBCT teachers who would like to spend a day working with inquiry skills, and to teachers of other evidence-based mindfulness programmes who would like to learn more about how inquiry is conducted in MBCT.

·       If you are a trainee teacher on a pathway outside of the OMC, you are welcome at this workshop if you have completed some elements of your teacher training.

·       Please do not sign up for this workshop if your only experience with MBCT is participating in an 8-week course.

Workshops

Online - Working with Groups in Mindfulness-based Interventions - Teacher Workshop 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

21/07/2021 - 21/07/2021
Wednesday 21 July 2021 09:00-17:00

09:00 - 09:00

From £100.00

Andy Phee
Marion Furr

Course Description

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed to be taught in a group setting and has a strong emphasis on common humanity as well as working with universal processes of vulnerability (reactivity, rumination, etc.).

A group context enables participants to experience the sense of common humanity and begin to understand that vulnerability is universal. This in turn enables and supports connection and compassion. 

A core component of teaching MBCT skilfully, is the ability to mindfully form a group and to hold it through various group stages/processes/ patterns and to guide it through the ending process. 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 learning environment. It will help teachers to reflect on how a group forms, develops and ends and develop skills in managing challenges, processes and patterns/ dynamics within the group.

The workshop is largely experiential, and will include a variety of teaching methods, including some ‘role plays’…. to work together trying out new skills and ideas whilst experimenting with a variety of situations which often crop up in any group.

The workshop aims to develop teachers’ confidence – “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? 

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

hThis workshop is required for trainees on the OMC’s teacher training pathway and should be completed after Modules 1 and 2 and before Module 4.

·       This workshop is also open to trained MBCT teachers who would like to learn more about skills for working effectively with MBCT groups.

·       If you are a trainee teacher on a pathway outside of the OMC, you are welcome at this workshop if you have completed some elements of your teacher training.

·       Please do not sign up for this workshop if your only experience with MBCT is participating in an 8-week course.


 

Foundational Teacher Training

Online - Foundational Teacher Training Programme - Weekly teaching block format - Fridays - 09.00 - 17.00 UK Time

Online Course

03/09/2021 - 12/08/2022
See application forms for all dates

09:00 - 17:00

From £3550.00

Alison Yiangou

Course Description

The aim of this online training programme provides a solid platform for developing your teaching. The course is suitable for those who have completed the prerequisites for the course and are willing to work within the OMC's Ethical Guidelines for MBCT Teachers. 

This training also would enable you to register with the international register - ACCESSMBCT

The training is suitable for both clinicians and for those aiming to teach in a non-clinical setting.  Once you have completed this programme you will have completed training to teach two MBCT curricula

Professionals working in a clinical setting will be trained to teach Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT-D)

Those not working in a clinical setting will be trained to teach Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L) and Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

All those who wish to join must meet the following pre-requisites:

Have a regular personal mindfulness practice ideally for at least one year

Completed a Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L) course, either in-person or online

Knowledge and experience of the population and context where you would like to teach MBCT; for example, workplace, education, criminal justice, physical or mental healthcare, or general population

Skills for working with individuals and groups
 

Workshops

Online - Origins of Mindfulness - Teacher Workshop 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

08/12/2021 - 08/12/2021
Wednesday 08 December 2021 09:00-17:00 UK TIME

09:00 - 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 open to all trained mindfulness teachers and forms part of the training pathway for those training to teach MBCT.

Workshops

Online Origins of Mindfulness - Teacher Workshop 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

15/03/2022 - 15/03/2022
Tuesday 16 March 2022 09:00-17:00

09:00 - 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 open to all trained mindfulness teachers and forms part of the training pathway for those training to teach MBCT.

Teacher Training Retreat

5 Day Personal Retreat - Online (c976)

Online Course

06/09/2021 - 10/09/2021
Monday - Friday 06/09/2021 - 10/09/2021

08:30 - 17:30

From £475.00

Jake Dartington
Mat Schenks

Course Description

Participating in an extended silent retreat is an invaluable way of deepening the personal practice of mindfulness meditation and is viewed as an indispensable step to becoming an instructor in mindfulness-based approaches including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).   It represents an opportunity for practitioners with an established meditation practice to deepen their personal experience of mindfulness meditation and to explore its roots in the Buddhist tradition as a foundation for teaching others.

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

To participate, you need to have completed either an OMC 8-week introductory course or an equivalent elsewhere. This personal retreat also serves as mindfulness teacher retreats requirements, it meets the OMC Module 3 requirements as well as general teacher Good Practice Guidelines to attend an annual personal retreat

Workshops and Masterclasses

Online - Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World - 2-day Teacher Training - 09.00 - 17.00 (BST)

Online Course

23/08/2021 - 24/08/2021
Monday & Tuesday 23 - 24 August 2021

09:00 - 17:00

From £200.00

Chris Cullen

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 workshop is for mindfulness teachers fully trained in MBCT / MBSR or an equivalent prorgramme recognised by the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA). Applicants should be familiar with MBCT and have read "Mindfulness - a practitical guide to finding peace in a frantic world" by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.

Workshops

Online - Working with Groups in Mindfulness-based Interventions - Teacher Workshop 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

04/10/2021 - 04/10/2021
Monday 4th October 2021

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Jo Cromarty
Merran Barber

Course Description

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed to be taught in a group setting and has a strong emphasis on common humanity as well as working with universal processes of vulnerability (reactivity, rumination, etc.).

A group context enables participants to experience the sense of common humanity and begin to understand that vulnerability is universal. This in turn enables and supports connection and compassion. 

A core component of teaching MBCT skilfully, is the ability to mindfully form a group and to hold it through various group stages/processes/ patterns and to guide it through the ending process. 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 learning environment. It will help teachers to reflect on how a group forms, develops and ends and develop skills in managing challenges, processes and patterns/ dynamics within the group.

The workshop is largely experiential, and will include a variety of teaching methods, including some ‘role plays’…. to work together trying out new skills and ideas whilst experimenting with a variety of situations which often crop up in any group.

The workshop aims to develop teachers’ confidence – “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? 

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

TThis workshop is required for trainees on the OMC’s teacher training pathway and should be completed after Modules 1 and 2 and before Module 4. 

·       This workshop is also open to trained MBCT teachers who would like to learn more about skills for working effectively with MBCT groups.

·       If you are a trainee teacher on a pathway outside of the OMC, you are welcome at this workshop if you have completed some elements of your teacher training.

·       Please do not sign up for this workshop if your only experience with MBCT is participating in an 8-week course.


 

Workshops

Online - Inquiry in MBCT - Teacher Workshop Monday 09:00 - 17:00 UK TIME

Online Course

01/11/2021 - 01/11/2021

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Liz Lord
Jo Cromarty

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?

This workshop is required for trainees on the OMC’s teacher training pathway and should be completed after Modules 1 and 2 and before Module 4.

·       This workshop is also open to trained MBCT teachers who would like to spend a day working with inquiry skills, and to teachers of other evidence-based mindfulness programmes who would like to learn more about how inquiry is conducted in MBCT.

·       If you are a trainee teacher on a pathway outside of the OMC, you are welcome at this workshop if you have completed some elements of your teacher training.

·       Please do not sign up for this workshop if your only experience with MBCT is participating in an 8-week course.

Foundational Teacher Training

Online - Foundational Teacher Training Programme - Weekly teaching block format - Saturdays - 09:00 - 17:00 UK Time

Online Course

06/03/2021 - 05/03/2022
See application form for all dates

09:00 - 17:00

From £3550.00

Andy Phee
Sue Macpherson

Sorry, this course is fully booked

Course Description

The aim of this training programme is to develop the knowledge, skills, and professional competencies required to teach MBCT with supervision. This training programme is suitable for those intending to teach in general population contexts, workplaces, and educational settings, and for healthcare and mental health professionals planning to teach in clinical settings. 

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

All those who wish to join must meet the following pre-requisites:

Have a regular personal mindfulness practice ideally for at least one year

Completed an MBCT course, either in-person or online

Knowledge and experience of the population and context where you would like to teach MBCT; for example, workplace, education, criminal justice, physical or mental healthcare, or general population

Skills for working with individuals and groups
 

Workshops

Online - Research and Evaluation - Teacher Workshop - 09:00 - 17:00 UK TIME (C976)

Online Course

25/02/2022 - 25/02/2022
Friday 25 February 2022 09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 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.

Workplace

Mindfulness: Teaching in the Workplace

Online Course

15/10/2021 - 27/05/2022

08:30 - 13:00

From £615.00

Susan Peacock
Leonie Schell

Course Description

The purpose of the Mindfulness: Teaching in the Workplace Programme is to help experienced mindfulness teachers build the competencies required to offer mindfulness training in organisational contexts. The course explores the competencies and skills required to introduce mindfulness confidently in workplace settings and build a practice in the field. Succinct presentations on relevant theories and concepts are blended with opportunities for hands-on practice, experiential learning and real-world applications through case study simulations and real-world assignments.

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

The programme is for experienced mindfulness teachers, who are teaching Mindfulness-Based Programmes in line with the UK Good Practice Guidelines, and mindfulness teachers in training, who must have completed mindfulness teacher training, taught or co-taught two mindfulness-based courses. It is also highly recommended that particpants complete the two day teacher training in the 'Finding Peace in a Frantic World' curriculum. Applicants should have knowledge and experience of the chosen workplace setting(s) and population(s) they plan to teach and it is highly recommended that all applicants have a mindfulness supervisor with experience in workplace settings. 

Foundational Teacher Training

Online - Foundational Teacher Training - Bi-lingual English and Mandarin Programme

Online Course

12/03/2021 - 28/01/2022
Days and times vary - see application form

07:00 - 15:00

From £3750.00

Ee Lin Ong
Ruth Baer
Sophie Zhang

Course Description

The aim of this online training programme provides a solid platform for developing your teaching. The course is suitable for those who have completed the prerequisites for the course and are willing to work towards the OMC's Ethical Standards for Mindfulness Teachers.

The training is suitable for both clinicians and for those aiming to teach in a non-clinical setting.  Once you have completed this programme you will have completed training to teach two MBCT curricula

Professionals working in a clinical setting will be trained to teach Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT-D)

Those not working in a clinical setting will be trained to teach Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L) and Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

Teaching days are a mix of online in English or Mandarin and therefore this training is only suitable for those who can speak both English and Mandarin (no translation facilities will be available)

See application form for dates and further details

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

All those who wish to join must meet the following pre-requisites:

Have a regular personal mindfulness practice ideally for at least one year

Completed an MBCT course, either in-person or online

Knowledge and experience of the population and context where you would like to teach MBCT; for example, workplace, education, criminal justice, physical or mental healthcare, or general population

Skills for working with individuals and groups
 

Workshops

Online - Working with Groups in Mindfulness-based Interventions - Teacher Workshop 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

17/01/2022 - 17/01/2022
Monday 17th January 2022 09:00-17:00

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Sheila Gill

Course Description

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed to be taught in a group setting and has a strong emphasis on common humanity as well as working with universal processes of vulnerability (reactivity, rumination, etc.).

A group context enables participants to experience the sense of common humanity and begin to understand that vulnerability is universal. This in turn enables and supports connection and compassion. 

A core component of teaching MBCT skilfully, is the ability to mindfully form a group and to hold it through various group stages/processes/ patterns and to guide it through the ending process. 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 learning environment. It will help teachers to reflect on how a group forms, develops and ends and develop skills in managing challenges, processes and patterns/ dynamics within the group.

The workshop is largely experiential, and will include a variety of teaching methods, including some ‘role plays’…. to work together trying out new skills and ideas whilst experimenting with a variety of situations which often crop up in any group.

The workshop aims to develop teachers’ confidence – “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? 

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

This workshop is required for trainees on the OMC’s teacher training pathway and should be completed after Modules 1 and 2 and before Module 4. 

·       This workshop is also open to trained MBCT teachers who would like to learn more about skills for working effectively with MBCT groups.

·       If you are a trainee teacher on a pathway outside of the OMC, you are welcome at this workshop if you have completed some elements of your teacher training.

·       Please do not sign up for this workshop if your only experience with MBCT is participating in an 8-week course.


 

Generic

Online - MBCT Entrenamiento de Profesores Fundacional - Programa en espanol - Formato de ensenanza en bloques semanales - Viernes 07:00 a 15:00 Hora Colombia

Online Course

23/04/2021 - 01/04/2022
See application form for all dates including retreat dates Wednesday - Sunday

07:00 - 15:00

From £3500.00

Paul Bernard
Thais Requito
Matilde Elices

Course Description

El objetivo de este programa de formación es desarrollar el conocimiento, las habilidades y las competencias profesionales necesarias para ensenar MBCT con supervision. La formacion es adecuada para profesionales de la salud que trabajen en un contexto clinico y también para otros profesionales que deseen ensenar al publico en general, en el ambito laboral, empresarial y educativo.

 

Los participantes deben estar dispuestos a comprometerse con el desarrollo profesional continuo y el cumplimiento de los estandares eticos profesionales despues de la formacion.

Aquellos que deseen unirse a esta formacion deberan cumplir con los siguientes requisitos previos: 

 

Tener una practica personal de mindfulness idealmente durante al menos un año 

 

Haber completado un curso de MBCT o MBSR como participante (formato presencial u online) 

 

Conocimiento y experiencia de la poblacion clínica y el contexto donde le gustaria ensenar MBCT: por ejemplo, ambito empresarial, educativo, sistema judicial, salud mental o fisica, o población general 

 

Habilidades para trabajar con individuos y grupos

 

Para la formacion online (a traves de zoom), los participantes deben tener acceso a la tecnologia, el espacio, la privacidad y la capacidad tecnica adecuados.

 

El OMC tiene como objetivo permanecer comprometido y apoyar a los profesores mas alla de la finalizacion de su formacion. 

Por lo tanto, es importante para el OMC que la formacion y la cohorte de profesores se alinee estrechamente con la vision del OMC. 

 

Cada participante tendra 5.5 horas de tutoria individual en momentos a convenir

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

Aquellos que deseen unirse a esta formacion deberan cumplir con los siguientes requisitos previos: 

 

Tener una practica personal de mindfulness idealmente durante al menos un año 

 

Haber completado un curso de MBCT o MBSR como participante (formato presencial u online) 

 

Conocimiento y experiencia de la poblacion clínica y el contexto donde le gustaria ensenar MBCT: por ejemplo, ambito empresarial, educativo, sistema judicial, salud mental o fisica, o población general 

 

Habilidades para trabajar con individuos y grupos

Foundational Teacher Training

Online - Teacher Training Programme - Module 1 & 2 - 09:00 - 17:00 UK TIME - 7 days - 18.08.2021 - 29.09.2021

Online Course

18/08/2021 - 29/09/2021
Wednesdays 18/8, 25/8, 1/9, 8/9,15/9, 22/9, 29/9

09:00 - 17:00

From £795.00

Sian Warriner

Course Description

This training is for professionals interested in bringing MBCT into their lives and their work. The Training includes Modules 1 and 2 and the cognitive-behavioural foundations of the OMC's teacher training pathway. It integrates experiential, didactic, and practical learning. During the course you will experience the main elements of an 8-week MBCT course from the perspective of the participants. You will also practise teaching many of the practices and exercises to each other in pairs or groups, with supervision and guidance form the trainers. Periods of didactic presentation and discussion will provide important theoretical background and opportunities to reflect on personal practice and the development of teaching skills. Satisfactory completion of this training will enable participants to move through to the next stages of the teacher training pathway.  This training is suitable for those intending to teach in general population contexts, workplaces, and educational settings, and for healthcare and mental health professionals planning to teach in clinical settings.

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

All those who wish to join must meet the following pre-requisites:

Have a regular personal mindfulness practice ideally for at least one year

Completed an MBCT course, either in-person or online

Knowledge and experience of the population and context where you would like to teach MBCT; for example, workplace, education, criminal justice, physical or mental healthcare, or general population

Skills for working with individuals and groups
 

Workshops

Online - Mindfulness for Life - 2-Day Teacher Training - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

08/05/2021 - 15/05/2021
May, 8/5, 15/5

09:00 - 17:00

From £200.00

Alison Yiangou
Marion Furr

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.

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.

'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

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

This workshop is for qualified MBCT teachers who are teaching in line with the UK Good Practice Guidelines and who wish to teach the MBCT for Life curriculum. Please do not apply if you have not been trained to teach MBCT.

Teacher Training

Online - Foundational Training Module 4 - Weekly

Online Course

13/01/2022 - 24/02/2017
13/1 20/1 27/1 3/2,10/2,17/2, 24/2

09:00 - 17:00

From £840.00

Christina Surawy

Course Description
Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

Completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3, together with the OMC Foundational Workshops - Inquiry, Group Skills, Origins of Mindfulness, Research and Evaluation, and Orientation, Assessment & Ethics is required in advance of attending Module 4. Participants are expected to be ready and willing to teach any aspect of the 8-week programme, and will be allocated to teach specific sections of the course on day 1 of the programme.

Workshops

Online - Origins of Mindfulness - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

07/05/2021 - 07/05/2021
Friday 7 May 2021 09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Jake Dartington

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 open to all trained mindfulness teachers and forms part of the training pathway for those training to teach MBCT.

Workshops

Online - Origins of Mindfulness - Teacher Workshop - 09.00 - 17.00 UK TIME

Online Course

28/05/2021 - 28/05/2021
Friday 28 May 2021 09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

From £100.00

Jake Dartington

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, whenReturn to toolbox 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 open to all trained mindfulness teachers and forms part of the training pathway for those training to teach MBCT.

Teacher Training Info Session

Teacher Training Information Session

Online Course

04/03/2021 - 04/03/2021

19:00 - 20:00

See application form

Sharon Hadley
Alison Yiangou

Course Description

The online session will introduce our OMC non-academic Teacher Training Pathways. The hour-long session will include a brief overview of the academic and non-academic training routes, entry criteria, progression routes, training content and assessment. This is not an introduction to mindfulness session (please visit our 'Learn Mindfulness' section of the website for those sessions).  Ideally you will have completed an 8-week mindfulness course before you join this session to be able to contribute fully. A question and answer section will be included however the number of people joining each session will impact on how much interaction and space there is for individual questions. 

NB: The MST in MBCT Programme will not be covered in this session

Session is 7-8pm UK Time

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

To join this free session we ask that you are aware of and ideally have already completed an 8-week mindfulness course and are interested in training to teach

Workshops

Online - Mindfulness for Life - 2-Day Teacher Training - 09:00 - 17:00 UK Time

Online Course

31/07/2021 - 01/08/2021
31/7 & 1/8

09:00 - 17:00

From £200.00

Alison Yiangou

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 devlopment 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.

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. 

'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

PLEASE NOTE: This course is being delivered live online through the Zoom https://zoom.us platform. With all our courses we work hard to provide a safe environment to enable participants to fully engage with the programme. To support us with this, when engaging online we ask that you consider your environment when participating in these sessions. Where possible please use a private space where you will not be disturbed so that you and the group can achieve the highest levels of participation and confidentiality. Where you are not in a private space, to support confidentiality we ask that you use a headset or earphones rather than the speakers on your device and as much as possible have your screen facing away from the others in the room.

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

This workshop is for qualified MBCT teachers who are teaching in line with the UK Good Practice Guidelines and who wish to teach the MBCT for Life curriculum. Please do not apply if you have not been trained to teach MBCT.

Workshops

Online - Mindfulness for Life - 2-Day Teacher Training - 09:00 - 17:00 UK TIME

Online Course

14/11/2021 - 21/11/2021
14/11, 21/11

09:00 - 17:00

From £200.00

Ruth Baer

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 devlopment 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.

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. 

'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

PLEASE NOTE: This course is being delivered live online through the Zoom https://zoom.us platform. With all our courses we work hard to provide a safe environment to enable participants to fully engage with the programme. To support us with this, when engaging online we ask that you consider your environment when participating in these sessions. Where possible please use a private space where you will not be disturbed so that you and the group can achieve the highest levels of participation and confidentiality. Where you are not in a private space, to support confidentiality we ask that you use a headset or earphones rather than the speakers on your device and as much as possible have your screen facing away from the others in the room.

Entry Requirements / Who is the course for?

This workshop is for qualified MBCT teachers who are teaching in line with the UK Good Practice Guidelines and who wish to teach the MBCT for Life curriculum. Please do not apply if you have not been trained to teach MBCT.