Research and Evaluation

Masterclass details

Course Leader

Ruth Baer and Willem Kuyken

How long is the Masterclass?

One Day 9.30am - 4.30pm

Who is the Masterclass for?

Teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT

Where is the Masterclass?

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road Oxford OX2 6LE

How many people on this Masterclass?

Up to 40

How much does this Masterclass cost?

£110 - Lunch is not included

Available masterclasses:

25th Jun 2019

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Research and Evaluation in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

25th June 2018

What is this Masterclass about?

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based program. Even if you are not a researcher, it’s important to understand the published research on MBCT so that you can communicate about it in a way that is accurate and informative for people who may be interested in taking an MBCT course or just want to know more about it. If you teach MBCT courses, it can also be helpful and interesting to collect data from your participants, even if you have no intention of publishing it. This helps us know if we are having the effects we intend, and, as importantly, can ensure we are doing no harm. Simple questionnaires or survey questions can provide important information about how participants are doing.

Half of this day will be taught by Ruth Baer and will provide an informative summary of the evidence base for MBCT. Topics include: How effective is MBCT? For whom is it helpful? How does it work? Does it matter how much people practice? Are self-help and online programs effective? Can we measure people’s mindfulness skills? What are the effects of mindfulness training on compassion and kindness? Ruth will also implicitly communicate the important lesson of how we as MBCT teachers can communicate the evidence base in an effective and balanced way.

Half of this day will be taught by Willem Kuyken and will focus on how to evaluate the courses you teach. Cultivating an attitude of curiosity about how your participants are doing is an important foundation for thinking more specifically about what you want to know. We’ll start with framing good evaluation questions. For example, did participants experience a decrease in their stress or other symptoms? Has their quality of life improved? Did they become more mindful and compassionate? How satisfied were they with the course? Did they have any difficulties, and if so, how did they manage them? This part of the day will help you think about what you want to know about the effects of your courses and how to invite your participants to provide you with answers. It will review a range of approaches to evaluation and resource you with the skills and tools to evaluate your work.

Who is it for?

You are eligible for this training day if:

  • You are actively working on the OMC’s MBCT teacher training pathway and have completed any of the modules, for example: an MBCT course as a participant, a silent retreat, or training days devoted to practice teaching in pairs or groups.
  • You are a mindfulness teacher who is already teaching mindfulness-based interventions and you wish to increase your knowledge of these topics.

Who is Ruth Baer?

Ruth Baer has been a Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky for many years and is soon beginning a post as MBCT teacher, trainer, and researcher at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Her interests in mindfulness include research, teaching, supervision, and practice. Much of her work focuses on the conceptualization and assessment of mindfulness, effects of mindfulness-based programs, mechanisms of change, and professional training and ethics in the mindfulness field

Who is Willem Kuyken?

Willem Kuyken is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He is a research clinical psychologist, and his work is focussed on mood disorders and their evidence-based approaches. His research and teaching focus primarily on mindfulness-based approaches, compassion and individualising evidence-based therapies through collaborative case conceptualisation.