This section focuses on the non-academic route.
Click here for the academic route (Master of Studies in MBCT).
The content of Step 1 (Teacher Training) of the non-academic route is organized into four modules:
- Module 1 (MBCT from the Inside) deepens personal practice of mindfulness and develops a shared understanding of MBCT by guiding you through the course, enabling you to explore your own experiences of the practices and consider how they relate to the role of mindfulness teacher.
- Module 2 (Developing MBCT Teaching Skills) provides opportunities to practice teaching the curriculum with peers. You will also learn about the intentions underpinning the various elements of the MBCT course and about the structure and sequence of the curriculum.
- Module 3 (Buddhist psychology underpinnings and retreat experience) deepens experiential understanding of mindfulness through a 4-day residential retreat. It also includes teaching on the Buddhist psychology underpinnings of MBCT.
- Module 4 (Further Teaching Skills and Professional Competencies) focuses on further development of teaching skills through continued practice of teaching with peers. Professional competencies, including working with groups, conducting orientation and assessment sessions, evaluating the efficacy of the courses you teach, and ethical issues, are also covered.
Additional Foundational Workshops are essential to move on to Step 2 and cover related topics, including conducting enquiry in MBCT, cognitive and clinical foundations, and the evidence base supporting MBCT. All 5 Workshops are included in the monthly format. For those undertaking the block format, these workshops are required to be booked separately.
Following Module 4, individual feedback on teaching strengths and areas for skill development will be provided using the Mindfulness-Based Interventions – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC). This will be an informal assessment and does not replace the formal competency assessment in Step 3 of the OMC’s teacher training pathway.
Teacher Training (non-academic route) in the monthly format
The monthly plan includes three general types of teaching days intended to:
- Deepen experiential understanding
- Deepen theoretical and empirical understanding
- Enhance teaching and professional skills
To complete Step 1 (Teacher Training) of the OMC’s teacher training pathway in the monthly format, you will need to commit to:
- Attending all of the training days across one academic year. Although unexpected circumstances can lead to missing an occasional day, attendance at a minimum of 80% of the training days is essential.
- Continuing a daily formal and informal mindfulness practice.
- Completing a daily reflective journal of your experiences of personal mindfulness practice, to be submitted to your mentor.
For more information about Foundational Training in the monthly format, click here.
Teacher Training (non-academic route) in the block plan
The block plan is in development. At present, the OMC offers 7-day residential intensive trainings that cover Modules 1 and 2 of Foundational Training. This 7-day block has the same pre-requisites as described earlier. It is typically held in a retreat-like environment and includes periods of silence interspersed within each training day. It provides direct experience of the MBCT course in a condensed form over three days, followed by opportunities to practice teaching elements of MBCT to one another, with supervision from the trainers. As in the monthly plan, it includes didactic, experiential, and small group work.
More information about 7-day residential intensive trainings that cover Modules 1 and 2 of Foundational Training can be found here.
In addition to the four modules, 5 Workshops are an essential part of Step 1 (Foundational Training) of the pathway.
These 5 Workshops are:
- An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology
- Inquiry in MBCT
- Research and Evaluation
- Orientation & Assessment, and Ethics
- Working with Groups in Mindfulness-based Interventions
The application form for the monthly and block teacher training can be downloaded here. Please do not send this form to the OMC team. This form needs to be downloaded, completed and then submitted as an attachment to a teacher training course application, course dates and application forms can be found here.