Online - Mindfulness for Life - 2-Day Teacher Training - 09.00 - 17.00 GMT
Date: 26/03/2021 - 27/03/2021
Location: Online

MBCT for Life (MBCT-L) is intended as a universal taught face-to-face programme, applicable to the general population. As a recent adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (Teasdale, Segal, & Williams, 2013), MBCT-L offers mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural techniques in ways that are intended to be accessible to all. It guides participants in how to apply this learning in everyday life both to manage what is painful and difficult but also to cultivate qualities such as compassion and equanimity. It offers a different way of living that supports people to work with challenges, including recurring patterns of thought and behaviour that create suffering, but also to savour life and to flourish. Following the model of MBCT-D, with 2-hour classes and about 40 minutes of 'formal' home practice per day, MBCT-L is an in-depth programme intended to cultivate lasting and sustainable change. MBCT-L is designed for community settings, where people can come to participate in the programme over 8 weekly sessions as well as a full day of mindfulness practice, which normally takes place between sessions 6 & 7.

In future we will be developing an accompanying app and website for participants that provide home practices during the course as well as 'deepening' practices for participants to use after the course has been completed.

'Having now taught the MBCT for Life programme on a few occasions in the NHS general practice in which I work, I have really enjoyed teaching it...The emphasis on appreciation and gratitude seems to be quite transformative and life enhancing.' Sheila Gill

Over the two days of this workshop, we will first of all introduce the theoretical background and rationale for MBCT-L. We will then move on to participants teaching the MBCT-L curriculum in teach backs, with particular attention being given to the practices and exercises that are bespoke to MBCT-L's intentions and broader population. This includes a greater focus on 'befriending,' 'appreciation,' a 'vicious flower' model of what maintains distress and the skills to support greater responsiveness in thought and action. While it shares the basic structure of MBCT-D ('the warp'), its particularity ('the weft') is designed to support the broader general population in working with distress as well as with flourishing (Crane et al., 2017). Participants will have a chance, during 'teach-backs', to observe and practice teaching the elements of the programme that are not found in MBCT for Depression.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is being delivered live online through the Zoom https://zoom.us platform. With all our courses we work hard to provide a safe environment to enable participants to fully engage with the programme. To support us with this, when engaging online we ask that you consider your environment when participating in these sessions. Where possible please use a private space where you will not be disturbed so that you and the group can achieve the highest levels of participation and confidentiality. Where you are not in a private space, to support confidentiality we ask that you use a headset or earphones rather than the speakers on your device and as much as possible have your screen facing away from the others in the room.

Fees & availability

Supported Rate - for those with low incomes: £200.00
Standard Rate - pays facilitator and OMC costs: £220.00
Supporting Rate - supports others to attend who are on low incomes: £240.00

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Mindfulness Background

For the purpose of this course, we would like to understand the level and knowledge of your prior experiences of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Please provide your answers to the following questions:


Additional questions

This masterclass is for qualified MBCT teachers who are teaching in line with the UK Good Practice Guidelines and who wish to learn to teach the MBCT for Life curriculum. Please do not apply if you have not been trained in MBCT as your application may initially be accepted by the system but you will later be asked to withdraw. Please advise when, where and with whom you undertook your MBCT Teacher Training

We ask that people who join our courses online have considered that both the environment and their technical equipment is suitable to engage in this format and support confidentiality for the whole group. Please confirm you have understood and agree to this online criteria, including the environment and the participant confidentiality which is different with online courses.

Please advise when you trained to teach mindfulness and who your trainers were

Please advise where you trained to teach mindfulness (essential to join this course)

Please let us know which programme you have been teaching


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