How to choose a mindfulness teacher and a mindfulness course
When choosing a mindfulness teacher or course provider, check they have undertaken a teaching qualification that meets the requirements of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses. These guiding principles have been developed to promote good practice in teaching mindfulness.
A teacher of mindfulness-based approaches should have the following:
A. Mindfulness based teacher training
- Familiarity through personal participation with the mindfulness-based course curriculum that they will be learning to teach, with particular in-depth personal experience of all the core meditation practices of this mindfulness-based programme.
- Completion of an in-depth, rigorous mindfulness-based teacher training programme or supervised pathway over a minimum duration of 12 months.
B. Training or background required in addition to mindfulness-based teacher training
- A professional qualification in mental or physical health care, education or social care, or equivalent life experience, recognised by the organisation or context within which the teaching will take place.
- Knowledge and experience of the populations that the mindfulness-based course will be delivered to, including experience of teaching, therapeutic or other care provision with groups and/or individuals, unless such knowledge and experience is provided to an adequate level by the mindfulness-based teacher training itself. An exception to this can be when teaching with the help of a colleague who knows well the population to whom the course will be delivered and has a relevant qualification. They would also need to have an understanding of mindfulness-based approaches.
- If delivering MBCT, knowledge of relevant underlying psychological processes, associated research and evidence-based practice, unless these are provided to an adequate level by the mindfulness teacher training programme.
- If delivering MBCT or other mindfulness-based course with a clinical population, an appropriate professional clinical training
C. Ongoing good practice requirements
- Commitment to a personal mindfulness practice through daily formal and informal practice and participation in annual residential teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats
- Engagement in processes which continue to develop mindfulness-based teaching practice: ongoing contacts with other mindfulness practitioners and teachers, built and maintained as a means to share experiences and learn collaboratively; regular supervision with an experienced mindfulness-based teacher including: opportunity to reflect on/inquire into personal process in relation to personal; mindfulness practice and mindfulness-based teaching practice; receiving periodic feedback on teaching through video recordings, supervisor; sitting in on teaching sessions or co-teaching with reciprocal feedback.
- A commitment to ongoing development as a teacher through further training, keeping up to date with the evidence base, recording and reflecting on teaching sessions, participation in webs forums etc.
- Adherence to the ethical framework appropriate to the teacher’s professional background and working context.
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The UK network
The UK network for mindfulness-based teacher training organisations represents the leading teacher training organisations in the UK. They support and develop good practice and integrity in the delivery of Mindfulness-based approaches. Currently there are only 23 affiliated mindfulness teacher training organisations so it is important to check that your mindfulness teacher has attended one of the training organisations below:
- Aberdeen University
- Bangor University
- Clear Mind Institute
- Enter Mindfulness
- Exeter University
- Everyday Mindfulness Scotland
- Growing Edges
- Integrated Mindfulness
- Lancashire Mindfulness CIC
- Living Mindfully CIC
- London Meditation
- Maudsley Mindfulness Centre
- Mindflow Solutions
- Mindful Health LLP
- Mindfulness Association Ltd
- Mindfulness UK
- Nottinghamshire Centre for Mindfulness
- Oxford University
- Scottish NHS Mindfulness Network
- Sussex Mindfulness Centre
- Tao Mountain
- Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Teresa Lewis completed her Mindfulness teacher training with Breathworks who are listed above.
Wolverhampton based venue
We are located at Deansgate, 62-70 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4TH. Deansgate has been refurbished to an exceptionally high specification, it is a landmark property that dates back to the early 18th Century and has retained its period features throughout. We are situated on the ground floor and there is full disabled access at the rear of the building. There is a free onsite car park at the front and rear of the building for up to 82 cars.
We are based in a prominent location on the A41 Tettenhall Road within the established office quarter of Wolverhampton. We are approximately 1 mile north west of Wolverhampton city centre, Junction 10 of the M6 motorway is approximately 6.4 miles east and Junction 2 of the M54 motorway 4.5 miles north.
If you have any questions or would like to book please telephone our Wolverhampton practice on 01902 827808. Alternatively fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you.