Step 1 – Foundational Training

This section focuses on the non-academic route.

Click here for the academic route (Master of Studies in MBCT).

The content of Step 1 (Foundational Training) of the non-academic route is organized into four modules:

  • Module 1 (MBCT from the Inside) deepens personal practice of mindfulness and develops a shared understanding of MBCT by guiding you through the course, enabling you to explore your own experiences of the practices and consider how they relate to the role of mindfulness teacher.
  • Module 2 (Developing MBCT Teaching Skills) provides opportunities to practice teaching the curriculum with peers. You will also learn about the intentions underpinning the various elements of the MBCT course and about the structure and sequence of the curriculum.
  • Module 3 (Buddhist psychology underpinnings and retreat experience) deepens experiential understanding of mindfulness through a 4-day residential retreat. It also includes teaching on the Buddhist psychology underpinnings of MBCT.
  • Module 4 (Further Teaching Skills and Professional Competencies) focuses on further development of teaching skills through continued practice of teaching with peers. Professional competencies, including working with groups, conducting orientation and assessment sessions, evaluating the efficacy of the courses you teach, and ethical issues, are also covered.

Additional Foundational Masterclasses are essential to move on to Step 2 and cover related topics, including conducting enquiry in MBCT, teaching mindful movement, cognitive and clinical foundations, and the evidence base supporting MBCT. All 7 Masterclasses are included in the fortnightly format. For those undertaking the block format, these masterclasses are required to be booked separately.

Following Module 4, individual feedback on teaching strengths and areas for skill development will be provided using the Mindfulness-Based Interventions – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC). This will be an informal assessment and does not replace the formal competency assessment in Step 3 of the OMC’s teacher training pathway.

Foundational Training (non-academic route) in the fortnightly format

The fortnightly plan includes three general types of teaching days intended to:

  • Deepen experiential understanding
  • Deepen theoretical and empirical understanding
  • Enhance teaching and professional skills

To complete Step 1 (Foundational Training) of the OMC’s teacher training pathway in the fortnightly format, you will need to commit to:

  • Attending all of the training days across one academic year. Although unexpected circumstances can lead to missing an occasional day, attendance at a minimum of 80% of the training days is essential.
  • Continuing a daily formal and informal mindfulness practice.
  • Completing a daily reflective journal of your experiences of personal mindfulness practice, to be submitted to your mentor.

For more information about Foundational Training in the fortnightly format, click here.

Foundational Training (non-academic route) in the block plan

The block plan is in development. At present, the OMC offers 7-day residential intensive trainings that cover Modules 1 and 2 of Foundational Training. This 7-day block has the same pre-requisites as described earlier. It is held in a retreat-like environment and includes periods of silence interspersed within each training day. It provides direct experience of the MBCT course in a condensed form over three days, followed by opportunities to practice teaching elements of MBCT to one another, with supervision from the trainers. As in the fortnightly plan, it includes didactic, experiential, and small group work.

More information about 7-day residential intensive trainings that cover Modules 1 and 2 of Foundational Training can be found here.

The OMC is developing block-plan formats for Modules 3 and 4. More information will be available soon.

Foundational Masterclasses

In addition to the four modules, 7 Masterclasses are an essential part of Step 1 (Foundational Training) of the pathway.

Available in 2018-19:

The C in MBCT with Melanie Fennell

An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology with John Peacock

Mindful Movement with Anita Lewis

Enquiry in MBCT with Willem Kuyken

Research and Evaluation with Ruth Baer and Willem Kuyken

Orientation and Assessment – In planning

Working with Groups – In planning