Workshop: Learning to use the MBI:TAC
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.
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:
- bring objectivity and rigor into our personal development as mindfulness teachers,
- sensitively integrate its use in Mindfulness Supervision
- 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.
In order to participate in the training, you will need:
- A room where you can close the door and engage in the training away from family distraction. As we will be showing clips of teaching, it is particularly important that confidentiality is maintained by ensuring that those who are not on the training cannot see your screen or hear the audio. It may be helpful to use headphones.
- Log in via a computer which is resting on a hard surface and which has audio and webcam. Please don’t use handheld devices to log in.
- When you are not speaking turn on mute to reduce background noise.
The zoom meeting link for the whole training will be sent to you prior to the start date.
The course will take place over 5 x 2.5 hour sessions on Tuesdays: 20th, 27th October and 3rd, 10th and 27th November – 1.30 – 4pm on each of the dates.
As far as possible give yourself over to the learning during this time with a minimum of distraction.
Key learning objectives:
The workshop aims to:
- examine the particular nature of integrity in mindfulness-based teaching
- present the rationale for the development of the MBI:TAC
- develop knowledge of the design and structure of the MBI:TAC
- acquire practice skills in reviewing mindfulness-based teaching using the MBI:TAC
- explore how this tool may be sensitively integrated into the Supervisory role
- discuss the potential and limitations of the MBI:TAC
- enable personal and collective examination of current and future directions for supporting clarity and consensus on mindfulness-based teaching integrity.
Pre-requisites for attending:
- Completion of either a group-based, eight-week MBCT/MBSR course or a nine-week CMRP distance learning MBSR programme
- Commitment to an ongoing daily personal mindfulness-based practice, based on MBSR/MBCT practices
- Have taught three or more supervised 8-week mindfulness courses.
Key references and pre-workshop reading:
The following are available for download at http://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/publications.php.en:
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 (https://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/documents/MBI-TACmanualsummaryaddendums05-16.pdf)
What to bring/wear:
Please wear comfortable clothing, as we will be doing some practices together.
The latest version of the MBITAC can be freely downloaded here: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/CentreforMindfulnessResearchandPractice-MBITAC.php
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.
This will be an online event – a zoom link for the whole training will be sent out prior to the start date.
Sessions will be held weekly for five weeks, each session will be 2.5 hours, running from 1.30 – 4pm beginning on 20 October and ending on 17 November.
Important: please note that the first session on 20th October will be in British Summer Time (BST) and all subsequent sessions will be GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
Our rates have no hidden extras:
Standard rate – £295
TTP and CMRP Master’s rate – £266
Standard Rate – The rate for accessing this training as a ‘stand-alone’ training event and not part of a CMRP teacher training pathway.
TTP and CMRP Master’s rate – 10% reduction of the training cost for those currently on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) or the CMRP Master’s programme.
Employer’s rate: Recognising the large administrative overhead of dealing with employers, we will be adding a £50 surcharge if the employer is paying directly; where possible we would advise applicants to pay themselves and reclaim on expenses to avoid the charge. We will be applying this to all our offerings with effect from September 2020.
The application process:
Our application and payment process involves the following steps:
- 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.
- Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you for the full amount.
- Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your full payment.
- 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.
Please see the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) for good practice guidelines and other information for mindfulness-based teachers.
Certificate of Attendance. Please note that we give a Bangor University Certificate of Attendance that details the nature of the course and the hours involved. However, this does not constitute an authorisation 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 therefore becoming more structured. Within the UK, though, there are currently no formal qualifications/certification processes which regulate competency in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. This requires those of us working in this developing field to inquire deeply into our own practice, our integrity and our intentions, as well as the boundaries of our skills, competencies and understandings.
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.