Course Information

Gemma Griffith and Sophie Sansom on the Development and Evolution of the MBI:TAC and TLC

When: 24 Aug 2021
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Sophie Sansom, Gemma Griffith

About the event:

We warmly invite you to join us to celebrate 20 years of mindfulness at Bangor University through a series of monthly online events, talks and shared reflections, hosted by the Mindfulness Network. 
The Mindfulness Centre at Bangor University was founded 20 years ago by Mark Williams, following his leadership there in developing MBCT. Over the last two decades, the centre has been at the forefront in the emergence of the field of mindfulness-based teaching, training, and research.  This series of events celebrates the centre’s pioneering work. Each event will offer an opportunity to update current practice in a range of areas, and to gain a perspective on the evolving development process we are all part of. It will also enable us to come together as a community to support and nourish each other in our life and work.

In this session, Sophie Sansom and Gemma Griffith will be outlining the development and evolution of the Mindfulness-based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC).

The MBI:TAC was first published in 2013 (Crane et al., 2013) and is now widely used to assess the competency of teachers of MBPs in both research and training contexts.  It has been translated into seven languages and is used by training organisations across fourteen countries.

Recently, Gemma Griffith and colleagues have developed a reflective tool based on the MBI:TAC called the Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching and Learning Companion (the TLC). This new tool will be introduced, covering both its development and usage.

The event will take place online using Zoom.

Who is the event for:

Anyone who has an established mindfulness practice is welcome. 

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 event 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.  

The Facilitators:

The event will be facilitated Gemma Griffith, Director of CMRP Postgraduate Programmes and Sophie Sansom, TTP Lead at The Mindfulness Network.  Please click on a facilitator's name at the top of the page to read their biography. 

Online information:

We will be using the Zoom platform, which offers facilities for online meetings and also online ‘break-out‘ rooms for smaller group work. A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event, along with joining instructions.

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Please login via Zoom 7.00 – 8.30 pm UK time (BST)


This event is free to attend. We welcome all donations via the application form and encourage you to consider a contribution, large or small, which will make a big difference in helping us make mindfulness-based approaches more accessible. 

Donations raised from this event will help to fund our bursaries, which enable us to remove financial barriers for those wishing to use our charity's services. As a charity we want to continue to provide free events and opportunities for everyone to access high quality, mindfulness-based training, supervision and retreats; donating today will support someone else to have these same opportunities and allow us to continue offering events of this nature.

The application and donation process:

Our application and donation process involves the following steps:

  1. Please complete the application form and you will be given the option to make a donation via PayPal at this stage should you choose to do so.
  2. Application is received and you will be booked onto the event.
  3. We will email you the Zoom link and joining instructions in advance of the event. As a thank you for registering, we will also send you a discount code for the new Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers book.

Please add to your safe senders list and check your spam/junk folder for communication from us. 

Payment and cancellation policy:

Please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we may offer your place to someone else, as places may be limited.

Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at to discuss any questions you may have about the event.  We will ensure that your query reaches the correct person.

Click here to sign up to this event.