Course Information

Teacher Training: MBCT Specialist

When: 14 Jun 2023 - 23 Jun 2023
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Alison Evans, Pamela Duckerin

This is a modular course which consists of two blocks of training over two weeks: 14th,15th and 16th June and 22nd and 23rd June.

This training is an opportunity to immerse yourself in teaching MBCT. It is an experiential exploration of the eight-week course for MBCT teachers, to help them support and develop skills and confidence in teaching. Offered online, the training will provide opportunities for learning and practice in an accessible format. 

The course will include: 

  • exploration of MBCT curriculum themes and intentions. 
  • teaching strategies of MBCT 
  • theoretical underpinnings of MBCT 
  • exploring the flow of teaching and learning through the curriculum 
  • defining the overall structure of the curriculum 
  • exercises and practices connected to lesson themes, including options and alternatives 
  • deepening understanding of the particular characteristics of MBCT 
  • group facilitation 
  • developing inquiry skills integral to MBCT 
  • exploring connections between personal practice, teaching and learning 

This training is an element of the formal Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) delivered in association with Bangor University and the certificate of attendance can be included in a TTP Portfolio. If you register on the TTP after having completed this training the certificate can be included retrospectively. 


Pre-requisites for attending:

The course is open both to experienced mindfulness-based teachers – as an opportunity to refresh their personal and teaching practice – and to newer teachers who are in the earlier stages of developing MBCT teaching skills.

It is particularly suitable for clinicians implementing MBCT in health care contexts and is relevant to those who want to develop greater clarity about how to attune to and respond to participant vulnerability during mindfulness-based teaching. 

All participants must have:

  • personal experience of an MBCT or MBSR eight-week course
  • an established personal mindfulness practice
  • ideally have participated in a mindfulness-based Teacher Training Retreat level 1 or equivalent
  • professional background and/or equivalent knowledge and experience of the populations to whom the programme will be delivered

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.


About the trainers:

Our trainers are all members of the Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness 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.


Location:

This will be an online event - a zoom link for the whole 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. 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, please turn on mute to reduce background noise.

What to bring/wear:

Please wear comfortable clothing with layers. Mats, cushions, stools would be helpful to have available to support your practice space at home.

Participants are required to purchase a copy of the book 'Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers' edited by Rebecca S. Crane, Karunavira and Gemma M. Griffith from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, Wales, UK. This text will be utilised throughout the training programme and we are pleased to offer a publisher's discount of 20%:https://training.mindfulness-network.org/book-discount/


Dates & Timings:

Dates:

The training sessions will be held on Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th, Friday 16th June and Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd June.

Timings:

Three training days      Block 1   

                                                               Training Times                                                                                                

                                               Day 1      9.30pm - 5.30pm                 

                                               Day 2      9.30am - 5.30pm                  

                                               Day 3      9.30am - 5.30pm                  

Two training days                      Block 2                                                                                         

                                               Day 4      9.30am - 5.30pm                    

                                               Day 5      9.30am - 5.30pm             

Please note: 

All times are UK (BST). 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 – £689

Bursary-assisted places are available on this event until 3 months before the event starts. Bursary applications need to be submitted and decided prior to booking onto the event. To find out more about our bursary schemes and to apply, please first visit our website here: https://home.mindfulness-network.org/bursaries/

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

Employer's rate: Recognising the large administrative overhead of dealing with employers, there is 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. 

If you would like to pay a £100 deposit in the first instance please choose the applicable rate in the drop-down list in the application form.


The application 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 £100.00 deposit or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
  3. Your place is 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. 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 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. 


Click here to sign up to this event.