Course Information

Teacher Training: MBCT for Cancer Specialist CANCELLED

When: 30 Jun 2023 - 9 Jul 2023
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Trish Bartley, Christina Shennan

About the training:


Half day orientation 30th June

Module 1: 1st and 2nd July (full day's training)
Module 2: 8th and 9th July (full day's training)

This specialist teacher training is for mindfulness-based teachers currently working or interested in working with people with cancer. We will explore the values, practice and approach of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca).

This is a unique opportunity to develop skills, inspiration and understanding and to connect with others working in psycho-oncology, cancer support and palliative care.

Over the course we will explore the intention, approach and new aspects of the eight-week MBCT-Ca programme, paying particular attention to:

  • ways of adapting the core practices as they are guided for cancer participants
  • the short practices and newprocesses that have been created within MBCT-Ca
  • ways that we can emphasise and work with kindness and self compassion within the intervention
  • understanding the cognitive model that underpins MBCT-Ca – and the place of the four practice movements of Intention; Coming Back; Turning Towards; and Kindness
  • exploring the teaching implications of working with this population and how we can support ourselves as teachers.

The training will use a variety of (mostly experiential) processes including:

  • practice
  • dialogue and inquiry in both peer groups and the large group
  • discussion and reflection in small and large groups
  • presentation

MBCT for Cancer (MBCT-Ca) is being offered to people with cancer in clinical settings, charity support groups, and many other contexts in the UK and abroad. The MBCT-Ca programme was developed over many years in a Welsh oncology centre by Trish Bartley and supported by John Teasdale. MBCT for Cancer (a teacher’s handbook) was published in 2012 (Bartley, 2012).  

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 your TTP Portfolio. This course can also be taken as a stand-alone training event as part of your own Continuing Professional and Personal Development. If you register on the TTP after having completed this training, the certificate can be included retrospectively.

Participants must commit to the entire online training. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we are unable to negotiate late arrivals or early leaving.

Pre-requisites for attending:

This is a specialist mindfulness-based teacher training for those who are working in oncology or cancer support settings, (or planning to in the future) and have completed level 1 mindfulness teacher training and are already teaching MBCT/MBSR to this and/or other populations.

All participants need to have:

  • personal experience of an MBCT or MBSR eight-week course
  • an established personal mindfulness practice
  • participated in a mindfulness-based Teacher Training Retreat level 1 (or equivalent)
  • knowledge and experience of oncology and/or cancer support settings or a planned process to acquire this in the near future.

It is strongly recommended that you read Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (Bartley, 2012) before you attend this course. During the training, participants will practice guiding some of the short practices that are detailed in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer and in Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer (Bartley 2016), so may find these books useful to have as a resource on site, as well as for future reference.

About the trainers:

Trish Bartley developed MBCT for Cancer, through her work as a mindfulness teacher to cancer patients at a regional oncology unit since 2001. She is a teacher trainer for CMRP and leads mindfulness-based retreats and workshops internationally. After the success of the teachers handbook (Bartley,2012) Mindfulness – A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer (Bartley,2017)  was produced as a companion book for people with cancer themselves.

Christina Shennan is an experienced psychotherapist working in the oncology field, in hospice and day care settings. She has been teaching MBCT to cancer patients and carers since 2008. She leads mindfulness workshops for cancer health professionals and wrote: What is the evidence for the use of mindfulness-based interventions in cancer care? A review. Shennan, C., Payne, S. and Fenlon, which was pulished in Psycho-Oncology in 2011.

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.


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.


Specific timings are to be confirmed but the dates are confirmed as:

Half day orientation 30th June (afternoon)

Module 1: 1st and 2nd July (full day's training 9.30am-5.30pm)
Module 2: 8th and 9th July (full day's training 9.30am-5.30pm)

What to bring/wear:

It would be useful to have mats, cushions and blankets available for use.

Our rates:

Our rates have no hidden extras and include teaching and deposit (£100 non-refundable).

Standard rate – £689

Bursary-assisted places are available on this event until three months before the event starts. If it is less than three months before the start date of the event, please get in touch to discuss if an application is possible.  When applying for a bursary-assisted place, please first register on the event and select the fee ‘I’m applying for a bursary-assisted place’. Once you have registered for the event you will also need to complete and return a bursary application form.  

To find out more about our bursary schemes, criteria for bursary applications and to complete the bursary application form please visit:  

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.

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. We will be applying this to all our offerings with effect from September 2020. 

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 Attecat 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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