Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training

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Karen Atkinson

Co-Founder and Senior Partner

What is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Course?

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is an internationally recognised mindfulness course that has been taught and researched since the 1970’s. Our comprehensive 12-month (minimum, though you can take as long as you like) training pathway will equip you with all the knowledge, material and experience you need to deliver the MBSR to groups or individuals.

Before joining our next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training course, you need to have completed the 8-week MBSR course in a group setting, either in a virtual classroom or in a venue, with a recognised organisation and delivered by a BAMBA listed teacher, and have your own regular mindfulness practice for at least 6 months or more. If you are yet to complete the MBSR then please click here to join our next course.

Reasons to Enrol

  • Follow our comprehensive 12-month training pathway and gain the knowledge and material to qualify to deliver the 8-week MBSR course.
  • Become a registered teacher with the British Association for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA).
  • Learn from the comfort of your own home in our virtual classroom, wherever you are in the world.

This comprehensive 12-month (plus) mindfulness training includes:

  • A background to secular mindfulness.
  • Learn and experience all relevant mindfulness exercises, practises and techniques.
  • Understand the dynamics of ‘holding’ a group.
  • Learn how to encourage and help your future participants to sustain their own practice.
  • Referee to the regulated Register of Teachers with BAMBA.
  • Create your own your portfolio to be assessed.
  • Understand the assessment process and learn when to teach and when not to.
  • Develop an understanding of how to work with physical, psychological and emotional difficulties.
  • Explore the inquiry process.
  • Advice and support on how to set up your own 8-week MBSR course.
  • A detailed week-by-week teaching schedule and the material needed to deliver the MBSR course.

One payment of £1,465 or pay instalments

How the course is taught:

  • A blended learning approach of a virtual classroom within a group setting and self-directed study.  It is important that you attend all sessions (you can book a private catch up session if needed at a cost).
  • Downloads of 4-core guided practices.
  • Pre-reading before the course commences.
  • 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.

As part of this teacher training pathway you will also need to complete the following (MindfulnessUK can provide all these elements or you can find them elsewhere):

Teach two supervised 8-week MBSR courses.
- Deliver two courses to a group - remotely supervised by one of the MindfulnessUK team.

Attend a Process of Inquiry Masterclass.
- Gain an understanding of the framework to guide inquiry and the Iceberg Model.

Attend Silent Meditation Retreats totaling 5 days throughout the year.
- Give yourself the time and space to explore, go deeper and rest.

Log your personal practice and self-inquiry of the core MBSR meditations.

Create a portfolio
- Evidence of completion of all required elements of the pathway.

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Meet your Tutor

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Karen Atkinson

Karen has been teaching mindfulness for over 30-years and is the Co-founder and Senior Partner of MindfulnessUK, an author of Compassionate Mindful Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice, 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.

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 for anyone who wishes to teach the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme.

All applicants must meet both prerequisites listed below:

  1. Completion of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course or similar either live, with a teacher and as part of a group.
  2. A sustained and regular personal mindful meditation practice over a minimum of 6 months.

We are happy to discuss whether there is a need for this 6-month post-MBSR course period if you already have a long-term mindfulness meditation practice.

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 minimum of a one year teacher training pathway consisting of a blended learning approach of virtual classroom teaching sessions ( 35 hours) within a group setting and self-directed study.  It is important that you attend all sessions (you can book a private catch up session if needed at a cost).

MindfulnessUK provides a student handbook, 4-core meditations,  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.

The self-directed study comprises of the following elements that must be completed if the learner wishes to become a listed teacher with BAMBA (the * refers to additional cost – please see related FAQ):

*Teach two supervised 8-week MBSR courses – Deliver two courses to a group – remotely supervised by one of the MindfulnessUK team.

*Attend a Process of Inquiry Masterclass.

*Attend Silent Meditation Retreats totalling 5 days throughout the year.

Log your personal practice and self-inquiry of the core MBSR meditations.

Create a portfolio – Evidence of completion of all required elements of the pathway.

Overall it is estimated that self-directed study time is approx. 120 hours.

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

There is pre-reading and preparation to complete in between teaching session.

Each cohort is encouraged to have a WhatsApp group so learners often check in with one another and if in doubt contact the admin team or tutor to discuss, we are a friendly bunch at MindfulnessUK ?

What do I need to know about costs and payments?

The course cost on application is for all teaching sessions, course notes, meditations and handbook.

The Cost as a one-off payment is £1465 and payment is full is due on application.

Please be aware that paying by installments incurs an additional charge of £100 overall due to additional administration and bank charge fees. Please note that installments are £665 on application, followed by a second and third installment of £450 debited automatically at a later date. When you book (by clicking the installment option when applying) you will be taken to a page that shows exact installment amounts with dates)

All Cancellation, Terms and Conditions on the website apply.

If you then choose to complete the other elements of the pathway with MindfulnessUK here are the additional costs:

  • Teach two supervised 8-week MBSR courses – Deliver two courses to a group – remotely supervised by one of the MindfulnessUK team. Costs are £280 for one supervised MBSR course as part of your MBSRTT pathway.  If you would like a MindfulnessUK supervisor to supervise both your MBSR courses as part of the teacher training, the cost will be reduced to £495, paid in advance.
  • Attend a Process of Inquiry Masterclass (£90)
  • Attend Silent Meditation Retreats totalling 5 days throughout the year. This is dependant on which options you choose from the website)

Log your personal practice and self-inquiry of the core MBSR meditations.

Create a portfolio –  Evidence of completion of all required elements of the pathway.

All Cancellation, Terms and Conditions on the website apply.

Additional costs for all MBSRTT courses:

There are 2 reading books we recommend, these are listed in your welcome letter and joining instructions, aren’t purchased via Mindfulness and cost approximately £25.

Please also see FAQ relating to  additional costs for deferrals.

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

This is a minimum of a one year pathway commencing on the date of your first teaching session with MindfulnessUK.

There is no set timescale for completing all the elements of the pathway, it is flexible and designed to fit with other commitments.

Once learners complete all elements, they provide evidence as specified on the course to MindfulnessUK and at this point receive a certificate, receive a trained teacher logo and become listed on our trained teacher list on the MindfulnessUK website. At this point, if a learner wishes to become a listed teacher with BAMBA (further costs incurred) they can apply via the BAMBA website and request the supporting documents from MindfulnessUK.

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 100% of the teaching sessions and if any are missed they are required to attend a Tutorial session with their tutor at the additional cost of £70 per hour.  Most tutorial sessions last 2 hours.
  • There is guidance for Absenteeism in the Student Handbook for learners to refer.

Deferrals:

  • If, due to unforeseen circumstances, learners need to pause their study (once the course has commenced) 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.
  • 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?

You graduate once you have completed all elements of this pathway and can then teach the 8-week MBSR to participants of your choice, whilst adhering to the BAMBA Good Practice Guidelines if you are a listed teacher.

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 the teaching sessions with detail and links given in our comprehensive course notes. 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 become a Compassionate 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.

Will I be registered with BAMBA when I finish my training?

Yes, you can apply to become a regulated teacher with BAMBA once all the teacher training elements have been completed.

Can I charge for a MBSR course I deliver under supervision and if so, how much?

Yes, you may charge participants for a mindfulness session as you will have completed the training via teaching sessions with MindfulnessUK.  It is your decision on how much you want to charge.  We would recommend that you research mindfulness sessions in your area and decide on a good price to charge.

I already have a supervisor that I work with, can I continue with them?

If they are a trained mindfulness supervisor who delivers the MBSR course at least once per year, then yes you can work with them as your supervisor. Supervisors refer to the MBI-TAC (Mindfulness-based Intervention – Teaching Assessment Criteria).

I regularly attend a retreat; can I continue with this retreat and will it count towards completing all the elements of this pathway?

It depends on the retreat you have already attended. BAMBA stipulates that it must be mainly silent, teacher-led, and mindfulness, compassion, and/or insight practices. All MindfulnessUK retreats that meet the GPGs are advertised as such, we cannot advise on retreats that we are not organising. We also recommend that the retreat is delivered by an organisation regulated by BAMBA.

Choose your start date

 

2022
30th Sep
09:30 - 13:15
Then continues on 28th Oct, 11th Nov, 9th Dec, 6th Jan 23, 27th Jan 23, 10th Feb 23, 24th Feb 23, 10th Mar 23, 24th Mar 23
Tutor: Karen Atkinson
£1,465.00
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Before joining our next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training course, you need to have completed the 8-week MBSR course in a group setting, either in a virtual classroom or in a venue, and have your own regular mindfulness practice for at least 6 months or more. If you are yet to complete the MBSR then please click here to join our next course.  Please do not proceed with enrolment unless you have completed this course.

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