Course Information

Learning to use the MBI:TAC (a two-day workshop)

When: 20 May 2019 – 21 May 2019
Where: The Queen Hotel, Chester
Tutor: Rebecca Crane

The Bangor, Exeter and Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) is a system for assessing and reflecting on teaching integrity that has been developed with the unique characteristics of mindfulness-based teaching in mind. Beyond assessment, the MBI:TAC has become an important support both to trainees as they reflect on their personal development, and also to supervisors and trainers as they support the development of skilful teaching in their trainees and supervisees. 

Who is the training for?

The course is particularly suited to those who are established mindfulness-based teachers and who are in roles which involve supporting others to grow their mindfulness-based teaching skills. It is also suitable to those who are interested in using the MBI:TAC as a tool to support their own personal development as a mindfulness-based teacher. The course is anchored in the curriculums of MBSR and MBCT, but is relevant and open to those teaching other curriculums.

All participants must have:
 – Personal experience of an MBCT/MBSR 8 week course (or similar).
 – An established personal mindfulness practice.
 – attended a mindfulness-based Teacher Training Retreat level 1 or equivalent(*).
 – taught a minimum of 3 mindfulness-based courses

 What is involved?

This workshop aims to develop participants’ familiarity with and skills in using the MBI:TAC. It will include presentations on the background and context for the development of the tool, on its structure and on how to use it to: 

  1. bring objectivity and rigor into our personal development as mindfulness teachers,
  2. sensitively integrate its use in Mindfulness Supervision
  3. how to use it to assess teaching competency  

Participants will have an opportunity to watch audio visual clips of different elements of mindfulness-based teaching, followed by explorations of and training in the use of the MBI:TAC to reliably recognize the ‘key features’ in the 6 Domains of MBI-TAC and assess competency. There will be a focus on a personal and collective exploration of integrity in mindfulness-based teaching and the use of the MBI:TAC as a ‘lens’ through which to engage in this exploration. We will consider how participants and supervisors can take forward their learning and practice beyond the workshop. 

Participants must commit to the entire training.

 Key learning objectives:

The workshop aims to: 

  1. examine the particular nature of integrity in mindfulness-based teaching
  2. present the rationale for the development of the MBI:TAC
  3. develop knowledge of the design and structure of the MBI:TAC
  4. acquire practice skills in reviewing mindfulness-based teaching using the MBI:TAC
  5. explore how this tool may be sensitively integrated into the Supervisory role
  6. discuss the potential and limitations of the MBI:TAC
  7. enable personal and collective examination of current and future directions for supporting clarity and consensus on mindfulness-based teaching integrity  

Key references and pre-workshop reading:

The following are available for download at

Crane, R.S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R. P.1, Williams, J.M.G., Bartley, T., Evans, A.,Silverton, S., Soulsby, J.G., Surawy, C. (2013) Development and validation of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC), Assessment,  doi: 10.1177/1073191113490790  

Crane R.S., Kuyken, W., Williams, J. M. G., Hastings, R., Cooper, L., Fennell, M.J.V. (2012), Competence in teaching mindfulness-based courses:  concepts, development, and assessment, Mindfulness, 3, 76-84. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-011-0073-2  

Crane, R.S., Soulsby, J.G., Kuyken, W., Williams, J.M.G., Eames, C., (2012) The Bangor, Exeter & Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) for assessing the competence and adherence of mindfulness-based class-based teaching ( 

What to bring/wear:

Wear comfortable clothing as we will be doing some practices.

The latest version of the MBITAC can be freely downloaded here:

The trainers:

Our trainers are all members of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) training team. All have been extensively trained in this approach and engage in a rigorous ongoing process of training and supervision. We use strict criteria when selecting teachers/trainers to work with us. The name of the specific trainer(s) for this event is at the top of this page. Just click on the trainer name to find out more about him/her.


The Queen Hotel is located within walking distance of Chester city centre, directly opposite Chester Railway Station.


Please arrive at 10.00am for a 10.30 start on the first day. The course will end at approximately 5.30pm on the first day.

Please arrive for a 9.00am start on the second day.  The course will end at approximately 4.00pm on the second day.

Our rates:

Our full rates have no hidden extras. Accommodation is not included for this non-residential event.

Fee options:

CMRP Rate for master’s students and those on the TTP: £250.00

Standard Rate: £280.00. This is the market rate for this type of event and the rate we ask you to select if you are able.

Subsidised Rate: £250.00. The Subsidised Rate is a self-select funded rate whereby your place will be financially supported. Please only select this rate if you are in receipt of benefits or would find it otherwise inaccessible to attend due to the fee. We will not ask for evidence of benefits or income at this stage, but may ask for evidence to support your claim in the future.

The application process:

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this event is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you for the full amount.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your full payment.
  4. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and cancellation policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.

 Other information:

Please also see the UK Teachers Network Website for good practice guidelines and other information for mindfulness-based teachers.

Please note that we give a Bangor University certificate of attendance which details the nature of the course and the hours involved. This does not though constitute an authorisation from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based approaches. The development and interest in the potential of mindfulness within a range of settings is rapidly growing and training processes are becoming more structured. Within the UK there is now a formal listing of Mindfulness-Based Course teachers overseen by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations (see CMRP and the Mindfulness Network are part of this collaboration and our Level 1 and above trainings plus adherence to recognised on-going Good Practice will enable practitioners to apply be recognised on this list.

Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at to discuss any questions you may have about the course or whether it is appropriate for you at this time. We will ensure that your query reaches the correct person.

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