Course Information

Training: Teacher Training Course Level One prioritising people from Black, African, Asian or Caribbean heritage

When: 2 Feb 2022 - 23 Mar 2022
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Bridgette O'Neill, Sud Ubayasiri, Pauline Gibbs

About the training:

This Teacher Training Course Level One (TTC1) is particularly aimed at people from Black, African, Asian or Caribbean heritage (Africans/Asians/Caribbean of any descent and the African/Asian diaspora) and is also open to other People of Colour who are affected by prejudice due to the colour of their skin.  

This training is part of a broader project which aims to address the current mainstream mindfulness sector’s unbalanced demographic. The learning from this project will inform future initiatives to broaden access to groups/populations/communities who are underrepresented within the mainstream mindfulness world. 

The training will introduce you to teaching the practices and curriculum of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR shares all the core practices and intentions with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and the teaching skills you will learn are essential and common to both MBSR and MBCT. In addition to the in-depth preparation required to teach MBSR, trainees need knowledge of relevant underlying psychological processes, associated research and evidence-based practice. These are vital components for teaching MBCT within the UK Good Practice Guidelines. 

TTC1 is the equivalent to the Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 and shares the same curriculum. However, because the TTC1 takes place over eight weeks, it allows participants to more fully experience the unfolding of the eight-week course structure and to embed the learning in their own practice. 

TTC1 offers a rich and unusual opportunity to immerse yourself deeply into the direct experience of the eight-week mindfulness course as a participant while also engaging in a teacher training programme to explore the themes, structure, rationale, background and practices of the eight-week course. You will be part of an actual eight-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class. After each weekly session, you will then come together to reflect on the course learning process as it relates to your own learning, and as it relates to teaching skills. We will also have ample opportunity to practise guiding and inquiry in the formal and informal mindfulness practices. 

Please note that the first week is an orientation session, followed by seven weeks of practice and learning. 

This intensive experiential training course will provide you with the opportunity: 

  • To engage in personal and group processes designed to deepen your mindfulness practice. 
  • To develop your skills in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. 
  • For learning, inspiration and nourishment. 

Practice commitment and preparation: 

You must commit to completing the full training.  

Your commitment to doing home practice for up to one hour per day for six days each week is a vital ingredient in this rich learning process. 

Before you start TTC1, it is important that you are familiar with the four main guided practices that are taught in mindfulness-based programmes, including the body scan, sitting meditation, mindful movement and breathing space practices. Part of the training will be to guide these practices in your peer groups during the course. It is good to listen to the practices taught by different teachers. Free audio downloads of these practices are available on the CMRP website at: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/audio/index.php.en

Journaling: 

You are strongly encouraged to keep a personal journal throughout the training. This offers you an important opportunity to reflect more deeply on your own practice and capture your own developing understanding of the core qualities of the mindfulness process. After each afternoon class session, you are encouraged to spend some time journaling (to capture your impressions, questions, learning, challenges) about anything that fires your curiosity from the class itself and from your practice during the week. You will be asked to bring your journal with you to the teacher training session the next week 

This course is primarily offered to those who are at an early stage in developing their use of mindfulness-based approaches in their work context. It is also appropriate for those who wish to support their ongoing development in this field, but who have not previously participated in a Teacher Training Retreat Level 1. 


Learning outcomes:

One of our priorities is to establish high standards for teacher training and development. This programme is designed to respond to the growing demand for in-depth development training for those beginning to teach or apply mindfulness-based approaches in their work. 

The programme is designed for those who are willing to engage in the intense nature of this training and who understand the primary necessity of embodying mindfulness meditation practice in their own life, before attempting to teach it to others. Participants explore in detail the core elements and themes within mindfulness-based programmes. At the same time, the programme encourages sustained inner work that then enables an integration of the results of this into the work setting. The course is a highly interactive, collaborative and participatory learning experience.The intention is to create a group process that feels safe and trustworthy, and an open, spacious learning environment that will encourage spontaneity and creativity. 

The training primarily focuses on the teaching process and curriculum of the group based eight-week mindfulness programme. However, the underpinning experience and understanding is also suitable for those who wish to integrate mindfulness into individual therapeutic work or teach in a different form. 

By the end of the training participants will have: 

  • Developed a grounded understanding of mindfulness as an approach cultivated through ongoing personal awareness, in both formal and informal practices, in silence and in dialogue. 
  • An awareness of the wide potential that mindfulness practice offers us all. 
  • Engagement as a participant and witnessing the process. 
  • The opportunity to lead practices and investigate co-participants’ experiences of these in an accepting and safe space. Detailed instructor and peer feedback will be offered to support this learning. 
  • Explored mindful approaches to difficulty, stress, pain, depression and anxiety within ourselves and in others. 

Had the opportunity to understand the origins and context of mindfulness – and within this to have explored he importance of: 

  • Delivering mindfulness in a way that is universal, secular and is not connected to any specific tradition.
  • Teaching mindfulness out of one’s own practice. This involves a personal commitment to a sustained path of development and practice. 

Developed an understanding of the ways of learning and teaching within mindfulness, which include: 

  • Learning out of one’s own direct experience. 
  • Investigation/exploration/inquiry/curiosity. 
  • Trusting the unfolding of the process – avoiding the urge to fix, or retreat into an over reliance on didactic methods of teaching.
  • The teacher’s embodiment of mindfulness throughout the process. 

Developed a grounded knowledge and understanding of the practicalities of delivering mindfulness as an intervention, which includes: 

  • Knowledge and experience of the curriculum and themes of MBSR, and some consideration of the difference between MBSR and MBCT.
  • Cautions to be aware of in encouraging the development of awareness and openness in others. 
  • Aspects to consider when assessing / orientating clients to the approach. 
  • Ethical considerations for mindfulness teachers.
  • Ways of supporting ourselves in this work, and the place of supervision. 

Experienced the teaching process through: 

  • Developing an understanding of group process and dynamics within the context of mindfulness teaching, drawn from the experience of being part of the training group. 
  • Experiencing being part of a community of professionals with a sense of common purpose and journey. 

Pre-requisites for attending:

  • Completion of either a group-based, eight-week MBCT/MBSR course or a nine-week CMRP distance learning MBSR programme (please note if you have an established mindfulness practice but have not yet completed an eight-week course, you could do this during the autumn term 2021. Please email Pauline on pgibbs63@gmail.com or Bridgette on b.oneill@bangor.ac.uk for further details).   
  • Commitment to an ongoing daily personal mindfulness-based practice, based on MBSR/MBCT practices.
  • Priority will be given to people from a Black, African, Asian or Caribbean heritage (Africans/Asians/Caribbean of any descent and the African/Asian diaspora). It is also open to other People of Colour who are affected by prejudice due to the colour of their skin.  
  • Please indicate your heritage using the 'any other information' box at the bottom of the application form. 
  • Other applicants who do not fall within this priority group are welcome to apply and will be placed on a waiting list which will be opened up after 16th October 2021. 

About the trainers:

Our trainers are all members of the Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice training team. All have been extensively trained in this approach and engage in a rigorous ongoing process of training and supervision. We use strict criteria when selecting teachers/trainers to work with us. The names of the specific trainers for this event are at the top of this page - just click on the trainers' names to find out more about them, with Sud Ubayasiri assisting. 


Online information:

We will be using the Zoom platform for our classrooms, which offers facilities for online meetings and also online ‘break-out‘ rooms for smaller group work. A Zoom link will be sent to you for the whole event prior to the start date, along with joining instructions. You will also be given a login to our Community area, a place for online learning and shared resources.


Dates:

Running from 2nd Feb - 23rd March 2022 - 6 full days and two half days - an afternoon orientation on 2nd February and a morning closing session on 23rd March. 


Timings:

Please note: these timings are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Orientation - Wednesday 2nd Februray:  1pm - 5.30pm

Wednesday 9th, 16th, 23rd February & 2nd, 9th, 16th March:  9.30am - 5.30pm 

Closing session on Wednesday 23rd March:  9.30am - 1pm 

There will be breaks for lunch, tea and coffee. Please login via Zoom to start at least 5 minutes ahead of the start time.


Preparation for the event and what you will need:

In order to participate in the training, you will need: 

  • A room where you can close the door and engage in the training away from family distraction. It is particularly important that confidentiality is maintained by ensuring that those who are not on the training cannot see your screen or hear the audio. It may be helpful to use headphones.
  • Log in via a computer which is resting on a hard surface and which has audio and webcam. Please don’t use handheld devices. 
  • A space for practice, a mat, cushion and blanket may be helpful for your comfort. 

Our rates:

Our rates have no hidden extras. 

Standard rate – £971 

TTP & CMRP Master’s discount rate – £874

Standard Rate– The rate for accessing this training as a ‘stand-alone’ training event and not part of a CMRP teacher training pathway  

TTP & CMRP Master’s discount rate – 10% reduction of the training cost, excluding accommodation, for those currently on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) or the CMRP Master’s programme. 

Bursary Rate - We are also able to offer bursary assisted places for this training, whereby part or all of your place may be financially supported. Please only request this if you would otherwise find it inaccessible to attend due to the fee. If you would like to apply for a bursary rate, please select this fee option; ‘Apply for a bursary supported place’ within the application form. Once your application has been assessed, we will be in touch with a bursary application form to complete. We have a panel that meets each month to consider bursary applications.

Employer's rate - Recognising the administrative overhead of dealing with employers, we will be adding a £50 surcharge if the employer is paying directly; where possible we would advise applicants to pay themselves and reclaim on expenses to avoid the charge. 


Application and payment process:

Our application and payment process involve the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this event is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you either a £200.00 deposit or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full payment.
  4. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance four months before the event starts.
  5. If you have applied for bursary support, we will be in contact separatey to confirm the next steps. 

We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.


Payment and cancellation policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.


Other information:

Please also see the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) for good practice guidelines and other information for mindfulness-based teachers.

Certificate of Attendance. Please note that we give a Bangor University Certificate of Attendance that details the nature of the course and the hours involved. However, this does not constitute an authorisation to teach mindfulness-based approaches. The development and interest in the potential of mindfulness within a range of settings is rapidly growing and training processes are therefore becoming more structured. Within the UK, though, there are currently no formal qualifications/certification processes which regulate competency in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. This requires those of us working in this developing field to inquire deeply into our own practice, our integrity and our intentions, as well as the boundaries of our skills, competencies and understandings.


Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at training@mindfulness-network.org to discuss any questions you may have about the course or whether it is appropriate for you at this time. We will ensure that your query reaches the correct person.


 

 


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