Foundational Training – Block Plan

Modules 1 and 2 

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 these modules.

Module 3

Module 3 can be satisfied by completing a teacher-led residential retreat of a minimum of 4 days. The retreat should focus on the practice of mindfulness in the Vipassana tradition or should be designed specifically for teachers and trainee teachers of MBCT. The OMC occasionally offers such retreats, often of about a week in duration. They are also available at retreat centres such as Gaia house in England or at similar centres in other places. The OMC may in the future offer additional retreats that satisfy Module 3. Information will be available on the website.

Module 4

Module 4 involves further teaching on the theory underpinning MBCT, and it’s adaptations; and learning to teach all the MBCT course elements to small groups with more advanced teach-backs and; beginning to understand the structure and developmental progression of MBCT over 8 weeks and beyond. Learning is informed by greater embodiment developed in Module 3.

Module 4 is the last component of Foundational Training to Teach MBCT in the block format. Completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3 is required in advance of attending Module 4. In order to fully benefit from the Module 4, participants ideally will have completed all Foundational Masterclasses prior to attendance. Where this is not possible, you may still attend however completion of the Foundational Masterclasses is required before moving on to Step 2 of the training pathway.

Training Pathway Masterclasses

In addition to the four modules, 6 Masterclasses are an essential part of Step 1 (Foundational Training) of the pathway. Masterclasses at the OMC are directed by leaders in their field, within mindfulness training, teaching and research.  The Masterclasses are:

  1. The C in MBCT
  2. An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology
  3. Enquiry in MBCT
  4. Research and Evaluation
  5. Orientation and Assessment
  6. Working with Groups in Mindfulness-based Interventions

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Foundational Training in teaching MBCT – Module 1 and 2 Residential (Somerset – UK)

14th September 2019 – 21st September 2019
Ammerdown Centre, Somerset

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 constituting Module 1 and 2 of the Training Pathway.

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Foundational Training in teaching MBCT – Module 3 Retreat (Portugal)

19th – 24th September 2019
Portugal

This Insight Meditation retreat will explore the Four Ways of Establishing Mindfulness, as taught in the Satipatthana discourse given by the Buddha. This profound teaching encourages us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a heart that is receptive, awake and unshakeable. Practices for specifically cultivating metta [friendliness] will also be included.

Each day will offer a sustained schedule of sitting and walking meditation practices, meetings with the teachers, talks and instructions, all within an underlying environment of silence and compassion.

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Foundational Training in teaching MBCT – Module 1 and 2 Residential (Somerset – UK)

25th April 2020 – 2nd May 2020
Ammerdown Centre, Somerset

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 constituting Module 1 and 2 of the Training Pathway.

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Foundational Training in Teaching MBCT – Module 4 (Oxford – UK)

11th May – 16th May 2020
St Anne’s College, Oxford

This non-residential Module 4 involves further teaching on the theory underpinning MBCT, and it’s adaptations; and learning to teach all the MBCT course elements to small groups with more advanced teach-backs and; beginning to understand the structure and developmental progression of MBCT over 8 weeks and beyond. Learning is informed by greater embodiment developed in Module 3.

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Foundational Training in teaching MBCT – Module 1 and 2 Residential (Somerset – UK)

12th September 2020 – 19th September 2020
Ammerdown Centre, Somerset

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 constituting Module 1 and 2 of the Training Pathway.

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