Course Information

Workshop: MBI-TAC Level 1 - Supporting the Inner Teacher with the MBI-TAC: Cultivating Reflection, Embodiment and Competence

When: 19 Jan 2022 - 16 Feb 2022
Where: Online Event
Tutor: Sophie Sansom

The course will take place over 5 x 3 hour sessions on Wednesdays: 19th, 26th January and 2nd, 9th & 16th February 2022 from 1 - 4pm on each of the dates.

The Bangor, Exeter and Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) is a system for assessing and reflecting on the teaching integrity of mindfulness-based programmes (MBPs). Beyond assessment, the MBI:TAC has become an important support both for trainee and established teachers as they reflect on their personal development, and also to supervisors and trainers as they support the development of skilful teaching in their trainees and supervisees.  The MBI: TLC (Teaching Learning Companion – referred to as the TLC for short) is an adaptation of the original MBI:TAC specifically developed to support this process of reflective practice.

Who is the training for?

The course is particularly suited to those who are interested in using the MBI:TAC and the TLC as tools to support their own personal development as an MBP teacher.  It is also a foundation for MBP supervisors and trainers who want to subsequently take levels 2 and 3. Completion of this training is a prerequisite of Level 2: Supporting Others with the MBI-TAC: Cultivating Competence in Supervision and Training and Level 3: Supporting Integrity with the MBI-TAC: Cultivating Reliability in the Assessment Process.

 The video material used on the course relates to the curriculums of MBSR and MBCT, but the course is relevant and open to those teaching other MBP curriculums. There are a growing number of adaptations of the MBI:TAC for other curriculums and contexts (see here).

Teacher Training Level 1 is a pre-requisite of attendance

 What is involved?

This workshop aims to develop participants’ familiarity with the framework used within the MBI:TAC and the TLC which describes the range of skill elements of MBP teaching. These are expressed as 6 domains, and within each are a number of key features expressing the particular characteristics of teaching skills in that domain. Within the course this framework is used as a basis for

  • supporting personal understanding and development in MBP teaching skill;
  • learning to engage in reflective practice focused on MBP teaching skill development;
  • developing foundational assessment skills required to use the tool to distinguish levels of competency, and offer skilful feedback (the focus of the level 2 training).

Participants will have an opportunity to watch audio visual clips of different elements of MBP teaching, followed by explorations of and training in the use of the MBI:TAC to reliably recognize domains and key features. There will be a focus on a personal and collective exploration of integrity in MBP teaching and the use of the MBI:TAC and the TLC as a ‘lens’ through which to engage in this exploration. We will consider how participants can take forward their learning and practice beyond the workshop. 

 Key learning objectives:

The workshop aims to:

1. examine the particular nature of fidelity and integrity in mindfulness-based teaching

2. present the rationale for the development of the MBI:TAC

3. develop knowledge of the design and structure of the MBI:TAC

4. enable participants to develop a ‘way of looking’ at mindfulness-based teaching which enables a ‘seeing’ of both the whole and the elements of the teaching process

5. acquire practice skills in reviewing mindfulness-based teaching using the MBI:TAC

6. explore how this tool may be sensitively used to support personal learning and learning of others in supervision and training contexts

7. discuss the potential and limitations of the MBI:TAC

8. enable personal and collective examination of current and future directions for supporting clarity and consensus on mindfulness-based teaching integrity.

Pre-requisites for attending:

  • Completion of either a group-based, eight-week MBCT/MBSR course or a nine-week CMRP distance learning MBSR programme
  • Commitment to an ongoing daily personal mindfulness-based practice, based on MBSR/MBCT practices
  • Completion of TT1 or equivalent

Participants must commit to the entire online training. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we are unable to negotiate late arrivals or early leaving. If this is not possible, please contact us to discuss before submitting an application.

Key references and pre-workshop reading:

Precourse reading (available for download at

Crane, R.S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R. P.1, Williams, J.M.G., Bartley, T., Evans, A.,Silverton, S., Soulsby, J.G., Surawy, C. (2013) Development and validation of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC), Assessment, doi: 10.1177/1073191113490790

Crane R.S., Kuyken, W., Williams, J. M. G., Hastings, R., Cooper, L., Fennell, M.J.V. (2012), Competence in teaching mindfulness-based courses: concepts, development, and assessment, Mindfulness, 3, 76–84. DOI: 10.1007/s12671–011–0073–2

Crane, R.S., Soulsby, J.G., Kuyken, W., Williams, J.M.G., Eames, C., (2012) The Bangor, Exeter & Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) for assessing the competence and adherence of mindfulness-based class-based teaching (

What to bring/wear:

Please wear comfortable clothing, as we will be doing some practices together. 

The latest version of the MBITAC can be freely downloaded here:

The trainers:

Our trainers are all members of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) 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 name of the specific trainer(s) for this event is at the top of this page. Just click on the trainer name to find out more about him/her.


This will be an online event - a zoom link for the training will be sent out prior to the start date.

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. As we will be showing clips of teaching, 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 to log in.
  • When you are not speaking turn on mute to reduce background noise.


The course will take place over 5 x 3 hour sessions on Wednesdays: 19th, 26th January and 2nd, 9th & 16th February 2022 from 1 - 4pm on each of the dates.  

Please note: these timings are in GMT.

All times are UK. If you are attending from a different time zone, please check equivalent timings in your time zone.

Our rates:

Our rates have no hidden extras:

Standard rate – £310

TTP and Bangor University Master’s rate – £279

Standard Rate – The rate for accessing this training as a ‘stand-alone’ training event and not part of a Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice teacher training pathway.

TTP & Bangor University Master’s rate – 10% reduction of the training cost for those currently on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) or the Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Master’s programme.

Employer’s rate: Recognising the large 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.

The application process:

Our application and payment process involves 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 for the full amount.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your full payment.
  4. 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 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 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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