Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification (IMC)

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Karen Atkinson, Co-founder & Senior Partner & Angie Ward, Head of Teacher Training

What is the IMC Qualification?

Karen Atkinson’s passion to make mindfulness and compassion accessible to all led to her creating and writing The Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion qualification.

Karen says, based on her own professional and personal experience, “Teaching mindfulness alone has many benefits, including bringing our awareness to our stress-related patterns and behaviours.  However, teaching compassion alongside it is so powerful. It enables clients to soften around their experiences, be kind to themselves, learn new and sustainable ways to look after themselves and improve relationships and well-being.”

This is a course for anyone who wants to teach mindfulness and compassion to others, in any sector.

Reasons to Enrol

  • Become a qualified teacher of mindfulness and compassion.
  • Gain a unique, versatile, and tailor-made qualification, accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).
  • A practical and ground-breaking qualification, the only one of its kind.
  • Use these skills to teach individual and/or groups in a flexible and bespoke way, within any sector.

This comprehensive teacher training qualification includes the following 8 learning outcomes:

  • Use mindfulness and compassion skills for personal development.
  • Understand how mindfulness practice affects health and wellbeing.
  • Teach mindfulness skills and practices.
  • Understand the key therapeutic elements of mindfulness and suffering.
  • Understand the therapeutic qualities of self-compassion and compassion to others’ practices.
  • Explain to clients how mindfulness and compassion can enhance their relationships with others.
  • Understand the application of relevant neuroscience to teaching mindfulness and compassion practices.
  • Continue to develop professionally.

One payment of £1,675 or pay instalments

How the course is taught:

  • 36-hours in a virtual classroom.
  • 164-hours of directed learning, including journaling your own meditation practice.
  • Downloads of 4-core guided meditation practices.
  • You will be sent a student folder with all relevant material to complete the course.
  • You will also be sent a student handbook via email.
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The Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification has been accredited by the CPCAB.  Click here for more information.

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IMC intensive residential course at Sharpham House

Alternatively, to our online via zoom teaching session, you can instead attend this 6-night intensive residential and complete your 36 hours of taught sessions face-to-face, with your Tutor(s) and your cohort, in beautiful surroundings, with delicious food and in a safe and socially distanced group setting.

Orientation and Teaching session dates

This course commences from 7 to 8pm on Monday 5th September online via Zoom with a warm welcome, introductions & orientation.

The 6-night intensive residential takes place from Monday 19th September (arrival between 3pm & 4pm) to Sunday 25th September 2022 (departure by 11.30am).

Before applying, all applicants need to ensure they are available for all these dates.

Early bird offer of £2,395 if you book before the 19th of April 2022 (£2,495 after that date)

Price includes registration with the CPCAB awarding body, all teaching, assessing, verification and certificates, course notes, student handbook, food, accommodation and refreshments

Meet your Tutors

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Karen Atkinson

Karen is the Co-founder and Senior Partner of MindfulnessUK, an author, a trustee of the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA), a teacher and trainer of mindfulness and compassion skills and practices, and a Bangor trained supervisor of mindfulness teachers. Karen has been teaching mindful movement and meditation for over 30 years, and recently published ‘Compassionate Mindful Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice’.  It is fair to say that she takes the greatest pride in having used her unique position to develop the Integrated Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification, a ground-breaking qualification and the first of its kind in the market. As a highly respected, extremely experienced, and well-trained mindfulness teacher with a warm, intuitive, friendly, and professional manner, Karen’s mission is to bring this enhanced enjoyment of life to as many people as possible.

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Angie Ward

Angie is Head of Teacher Training and delivers the IMC Qualification as well as supporting all new students as they start their training at Mindfulness UK. Angie leads our partnership projects with the Mental Health Foundation and develops and delivers Mindfulness and Compassion Programmes in Education, Health and Social Care for Teaching & Support Staff, Children and Young People. Angie’s career in Health and Social care spans over 20 years, working with people in social care, and children’s and mental health charities as well as specialising in developing and delivering training and CPD for equality, diversity and Special Educational Needs (SEN.) Benefitting from regular meditation for many years, Angie is an experienced and supportive tutor with a sensitive approach to teaching and leading students through the transformation of learning.

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Anna Taylor

Anna is a MindfulnessUK Associate Tutor and delivers the Integrated Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification. Starting her career in the charity sector Anna has 20 years’ experience of yoga and meditation and for the last 10 years she has enjoyed passing these tools on to others - initially through teaching yoga, then as a yoga therapist and mindfulness and self-compassion instructor. Anna has found that both yoga and mindfulness have offered her the space and tools she needs to feel grounded, calm and balanced and enjoys passing this learning on to others.

Don't just take our word for it...

To help you decide whether this is the right course for you take a look at our frequently asked questions for more information.

Who is this course for, what can I do when I complete it and what are the required prerequisites?

This course is a level 4 Certificate accredited by the CPCAB and is for people who wish to develop and deliver their own Mindfulness and Compassion Programmes for individuals or groups.  

All applicants must meet all three prerequisites listed below:

1). Experience of mindfulness either through your own learning and experience and/or having completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course or similar either live, with a teacher and as part of a group or as E-learning.

And/or completion of the MindfulnessUK Compassionate Mindful Resilience (CMR) course.

All these are available from www.mindfulnessuk.com 

2). Achievement of Level 3 or higher qualification, in any subject or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).  RPL must be agreed with Angie Ward Head of Teacher Training before applications can be accepted.  https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean

3). A sustained and regular personal mindful meditation practice over a minimum of 6 months.

If you are unsure if you meet these or would like an informal chat please contact us at info@mindfulnessuk.com or call the office on 01823 697527.

How is the course structured and what study materials are provided?

This is a 200-hour qualification.

MindfulnessUK provides a student handbook and meditations electronically as well comprehensive course notes in hard copy that we post to your home (if you reside within the UK and provide in a PDF to download if outside the UK.

There are a total 36 Guided Learning Hours (GLH’s) delivered face to face either in person or via Zoom, live with a Tutor and learners. These include all teaching and In-Class Assessments (ICA’s)working in pairs or small groups for all 8 Learning Outcomes.

There is pre-reading and preparation for GLH’s. All learners are expected to come to teaching sessions fully prepared.

There are 164 hours of Self-Directed Study (SDS) This includes the pre-reading, preparation, meditation practice and refection logs, reading course books, watching YouTube etc…as well as writing SDS assignments to meet set Assessment Criteria (AC’s) for 7 of the 8 Learning Outcomes. This SDS assignments submission dates are provided by the tutor at the beginning of each course.

All learners must complete the assignments sequentially and cannot move on to the next until all ACs are met.

Every learner utilises their time differently in line with their other commitments and this makes the SSD hours completely flexible.

How will I be assessed and what do I need to do to meet Level 4?

The IMC Student handbook issued to all learners has further detail on assessment – here is a summary:

In Class Assessment (ICA) 

You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare for all 5 ICA’s after your tutor has covered the related teaching material.

You will be observed teaching in pairs or small groups demonstrating the four aspects of mindfulness and embodiment of mindfulness and compassion.

Self-directed Study (SDS) written assignments

All SDS assignments are completed after your tutor has delivered the course material within the teaching session. 

You are given clear assignment briefs and supportive video resources for SDS assignments are provided for learners to refer to at any time.

At level 4, assignments are required to be authentic, well-structured and presented, relevant to subject matter, meet Assessment Criteria and, where appropriate, demonstrate knowledge of both practical application and theory with wider reading and research with references.

What if I have a question about my Self-Directed Study Assignments and/or preparation in between teaching sessions?

Each cohort is encouraged to have a WhatsApp group so learners often ask each other and if in doubt contact the admin team or phone the office and an IMC tutor will respond asap, we are a friendly bunch at MindfulnessUK ?

Do I need to have existing clients and/or a clinical, counselling, or therapeutic background?

No, you don’t need to have any particular background.  You may or may not have a specific group that you have expertise already in with and wish to teach them Mindfulness and Compassion or you may have never taught anything before and are looking for a new career path. There are no placements or clinical hours for this qualification.

Is this accredited and what is the difference between this and the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Teacher Training (MBSR TT) and will I become listed on BAMBA (British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches)?

This is a level 4, 200 hour, qualification accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).  Learners learn how to develop and deliver Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Compassion for Others practices that are bespoke to their existing clients and/or new clients in a robust and sustainable way.  Learners write assignments that meet Level 4 pre-set Assessment Criteria in order to gain the qualification and learn how to develop and deliver your own bespoke programmes, rather than be given a prescriptive programme to teach.

Completion of the IMC does not lead to a listing on the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA).

In comparison our comprehensive 12-month MBSRTT training pathway will equip you with all the knowledge, material and experience you need to deliver the MBSR to groups or individuals and become listed on BAMBA.  The 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is well-known, having been taught and researched since the 70’s.

Are there any other qualifications like this?

No, the IMC is unique to MindfulnessUK.

Graduates go on to develop and teach their own bespoke programmes, having learnt how to do this in a safe, robust and sustainable way.

What do I need to know about costs and payments?

The course costs cover all teaching session (GLHs) course notes, meditations, handbook, assessments, Internal Moderation, Verification and certification (on completion of all Assessment Criteria).

For online IMC courses:  

The Cost as a one-off payment is £1675 plus £140 for a one-off registration with the awarding body, total cost £1815.  Payment is due on application in full or in instalment.

Instalments are £915 on application, followed by a second and third instalment of £500 debited automatically at later date. When you book (by clicking the instalment option when applying) you will be taken to a page that shows exact instalment amounts with dates)

Please be aware that paying by instalments incurs an additional charge of £100 overall due to additional administration and bank charge fees. 

For the Sharpham Residential IMC course: Costs as specified per the website and all payments and registration are via Sharpham House.

All Cancellation, Terms and Conditions on the website apply.

Additional costs for all IMC courses

There are 3 reading books we recommend, these are listed in your welcome letter and joining instructions.

Please also see FAQ 10 to see additional costs for deferrals.

What is the difference between the IMC online course and the IMC Residential course at Sharpham House?

They are 2 different courses and when you are applying you are choosing which course you wish to attend.

If you are choosing to apply for the residential training at Sharpham House, you must be available to attend all the dates listed on the website for that course as that is when all the GLH’s are delivered as an immersive course.  Applications are  via the link that says more information and booking. This takes you to Sharpham House website as they manage all the booking and payment.

If you are choosing to apply to a course delivered online, all the GLH’s are delivered completely via Zoom (dates towards the bottom of the webpage) then you need to make sure you can attend all dates listed for that course on the website and click the enrol now button which takes you directly to an application form.

How long is the course and when do I receive my certificate?

The duration is usually between 9 and 14 months from start to finish.

Your final assignment submission date will be approximately 6 weeks after the final teaching session date.  The cohort’s work is then Internally Moderated and Externally Verified by the Awarding body and learners receive certification within 3 months of their final submission.

After Certification is received from the CPCAB, learners become graduates of the qualification, ready to develop and deliver Mindfulness and Compassion tailored to the needs of clients, both individuals and/or groups. Graduates receive a Trained Teacher Logo and are added to the Trained Teacher list on the MindfulnessUK website.

What happens if I miss any Guided Learning Hours sessions or need to stop the course for any reason and need to defer or leave?

Missing a teaching session:

Learners must attend 80% of the GLHs.  However, if a learner misses any In Class Assessment (ICA) they are required to attend a Tutorial session with their tutor or attend an *alternative session with another cohort (*subject to availability) before they can attend their next GLH’s teaching session.

There are additional costs of £70 per hour if a learner requires catch up sessions with the tutor before re-joining their studies.

There is guidance for Absenteeism in the Student Handbook for learners to refer to and a schedule for teaching days, any ICA’s and written assignments submission dates for each cohort.

Deferrals:

If, due to unforeseen circumstances, learners need to pause their study they have an option to request a deferral.  This needs to be requested within one week of missing a teaching session by emailing the admin team with a clear reason for your request.  After which learners must meet with a tutor within 4 weeks to identify and agree an individual plan for continuing with a clear timeline, usually within one year of their original course end date.

There are additional costs of £70 per hour if a learner requires catch up sessions with the tutor before re-joining their studies.

Deferrals to other courses are dependent on availability, a deferral fee and any additional registration fee applies as per the terms and conditions on the website.

Leaving the course:

If, due to unforeseen circumstances, learners decide to leave their studies, they must inform the admin team by email who will amend all records accordingly. All Cancellation Terms and Conditions on the website will apply.

Who can I teach once I graduate?

This depends on your skill set and previous experience, for example this is not a course specifically to teach children and young people.  However, many graduates who already have a background and expertise in this area use this qualification to do just this.

What is the Alumni Community and why is it important for all students and graduates to have this community?

We encourage all our mindfulness graduates to join our Alumni Community and continue to connect with like-minded people and gain in-sight and knowledge from the MindfulnessUK team.  The community is owned by us all and is an opportunity to attend mindfulness-based business development training, take part in sitting groups, get access to updated course information, insightful research and collaborate with other trained teachers, as well as 10% off masterclasses and retreats.  To book please visit our Alumni page on the website.

What are the BAMBA Good Practice Guidelines (GPG’s) and what do I need to do?

These are covered in Learning Outcome (LO) 8 with detail and links given in our comprehensive course notes. We strongly recommend that IMC Graduates follow the BAMBA Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness teachers, GPGs include things like, these include having appropriate insurance to teach, supervision, regular retreats, commitment to professional development. These GPGs can be found at www.bamba.org

What other professional development opportunities are there, including retreats?

You can go on to complete a Conversion to MBSR Teacher Training and as an IMC Graduate you this would be half the teaching sessions and much less in cost. 

You can become a Compassion Mindful Resilience (CMR) 4 session course Trainer by attending the CMR Train the Trainer Programme.

Other Continuous Professional Development opportunities are all listed on the website and include, Masterclasses, E-learning, 8 week MBSR and Retreats.

The GPGs include attending 5 days of Retreat per annum, these can be completed as single days, 2 & 3 days or 5 days.  MindfunessUK offer a range, both online or in person. Full details on the website.

Choose your Start Date

2022
12th Oct
10:00 - 13:30
Then continues on 19th Oct, 16th Nov, 23rd Nov, 11th Jan 23, 18th Jan 23, 22nd Feb 23, 1st Mar 23, 5th Apr 23, 12th Apr 23, 10th May 23, 17th May 23
Tutor: Angie Ward
£1,815.00
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2023
7th Feb
13:00 - 16:30
Then continues on 14th Feb, 7th Mar, 14th Mar, 9th May, 16th May, 6th Jun, 13th Jun, 4th Jul, 11th Jul, 12th Sep, 19th Dec
Tutor: Angie Ward
£1,815.00
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2023
12th May
09:30 - 16:30
Then continues on 16th Jun, 14th Jul, 15th Sep, 20th Oct, 24th Nov
Tutor: Anna Taylor
£1,815.00
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