Cognitive & Behavioural Foundations (Formerly The C in MBCT)- Teacher Workshop (Oxford, UK)

Workshop details

Course Leaders

Ruth Baer

When is the workshop?

27th September 2020

How long is this Workshop?

1 day, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Where is this Workshop?

POWIC Building, Oxford, UK

Who is this Workshop for?

Teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.

How many people are on the Workshop?

Up to 24

How much is the Workshop?

£135 (including lunch and refreshments)

Available workshops:

27th Sep 2020

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Cognitive and Behavioural Foundations – Teacher Workshop (POWIC  Building, Oxford)

This workshop is intended for MBCT teachers, or teachers in training, who do not have a professional background in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), or would like to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the cognitive-behavioural elements of MBCT. The workshop will focus on the CBT concepts and methods that are most directly relevant for teaching the cognitive-behavioural exercises in MBCT, with emphasis on the Thoughts and Feelings exercise (Walking Down the Street) and the Vicious Flower.  Topics for presentation and discussion include the relationship between CBT and meditation practice in MBCT and the scientific background and CBT methods most relevant to skilful teaching of MBCT. Participants will apply this information by teaching the Thoughts and Feelings exercise and the Vicious Flower to each other in groups, in a nonjudgmental and supportive atmosphere focused on skill development. Opportunities for Q&A and discussion of other cognitive-behavioural elements of CBT will also be provided.

If you would like a deeper understanding of the foundations and intentions of the cognitive-behavioural elements of MBCT and an opportunity to refine your skills for leading these exercises so that the learning points are as clear as possible, you are welcome to attend this workshop.

This workshop is not suitable for people who are not mindfulness teachers or currently part of a teacher training pathway.


Ruth Baer

Ruth is a clinical psychologist and a mindfulness researcher, teacher, trainer, and practitioner. Following a long career as a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, she was very fortunate to move to Oxford to work with the OMC. Her interests include conceptualisation and assessment of mindfulness, effects of mindfulness-based programs, mechanisms of change, and professional training and ethics in the mindfulness field. She enjoys taking a broad perspective, and so she has studied a wide range of mindfulness-based interventions, including MBCT and MBSR as well as DBT, ACT, and MBRP.

Ruth’s work at the OMC includes teaching, training, and research. She’s the lead for the non-academic teacher training pathway and also work with the Master of Studies in MBCT. She teaches mindfulness courses for the general public and for Oxford students and staff, and works with competency assessment. On the research side, Ruth collaborates on manuscripts based on the data coming in from the MYRIAD project and other projects with OMC colleagues