MBCT Supervision Workshop

Course details

Course Title

Supervision Workshop

Course Leader

Dr Christina Surawy

How long is the Masterclass?

Two Days - 15th and 16th November 2018

Who is the Masterclass for?

Mindfulness Teachers and Trainers

Where is the Masterclass?

Kellogg College, Oxford

How many people on this Masterclass?


How much does the Masterclass cost?

£260 (including lunch)

Available courses:

15th Nov - 16th Nov 2018

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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) represents a creative integration between intensive mindfulness meditation practice and psycho-educational elements drawn from evidence-based cognitive and clinical theory. These two root traditions, at first glance radically different, in fact share a common intention: to understand and to relieve suffering. Equally, they share a learning culture which highlights experiential learning, along with an emphasis on discovery through inquiry and reflection. Both are closely woven into the fabric of the approach, and both therefore deserve equal knowledge, understanding and respect.

This is already clear when we teach MBCT, and all the more so when we begin to supervise others. At this point, the potential tension between the two sides of MBCT may become more apparent – even challenging. On the one hand, we must communicate psychological concepts clearly and accurately so that their personal relevance shines through. Thus we fulfil the programme’s central intention: to help participants to cultivate awareness of psychological processes creating vulnerability to painful states and emotional disorders, and preventing their resolution. So keeping abreast of relevant theoretical, clinical and research developments is important. On the other hand, as we supervise, we must at the same time embody mindful awareness and the values that underlie it (openness to experience, acceptance, compassion) – that is, we must never forget that this approach is mindfulness-based.

This 2-day workshop will explore the many facets of MBCT supervision and its intentions. We shall consider how to prepare for supervision, and how best to benefit from it as an ongoing process. We shall explore the potentially tricky interface between the two sides of MBCT, drawing on the supervision we have received of our own teaching practice, as well as considering how supervision has developed in the field of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and how this might apply to MBCT. There will be opportunities to practice supervising one another, and for reflection and discussion. Thus we shall mirror the experiential, inquiry-based learning process of both root traditions.

For experienced teachers/trainers of MBCT who fulfil the Good Practice Guidelines for teachers and trainers of Mindfulness Based Approaches, and who are already supervising or wish to start supervising practitioners running MBCT courses. Experience of CBT is helpful.