Foundational training

Once you have completed Step 1 - Starting Out, there are two non-academic routes to developing your teaching skills,

Foundational Training in teaching MBCT – 11 months

The Foundational Training Course in teaching MBCT is a year long skills based course, including a four day residential retreat. It will enable you to deepen your personal mindfulness practice and to understand the background, relevant scientific theory and ethical framework of MBCT through taught days. You will learn about the intentions underpinning the various elements of the MBCT course, and also about the structure and sequence of the curriculum.  You will have the opportunity to develop teaching skills through practicing teaching the curriculum with peers, both in pairs and in groups, providing you with a solid platform for developing further teaching skills throughout your apprenticeship.

Intensive Foundational Training in Teaching MBCT – 7 day Residential

This intensive 7-day training, held in a retreat-like environment, provides participants who have met all the prerequisites for training to be a teacher with an opportunity to directly experience the 8-session programme of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and learn about the theoretical underpinnings of MBCT and its structure and sequence. You will practise teaching elements of MBCT to one another in pairs, with supervision and feedback from the instructors and peers. There will be extensive periods of silence throughout the 7 days.

The training is an introduction to teaching MBCT. If you choose this training route you may need to undertake further structured training in teaching MBCT, during your apprenticeship  in order to develop competency as a teacher, depending upon your skills and prior experience/training. Find out more.




Foundational Training in teaching MBCT

2018 – 2019 Foundational Training 

Applications for the 2018- 2019 Foundational Training in teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) are now open.

Undertaking Foundational training is the second step of the OMC training pathway, providing trainee teachers with the skills and confidence to deliver the MBCT programme safely and effectively, before going onto develop these skills as an apprentice teacher.

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