The Teacher Training Pathway offers a flexible and supportive route to becoming a competency-assessed Mindfulness Teacher in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-CA).
Guided in online mentoring sessions and supported by a community of peers, your TTP journey involves a series of training events and retreats as you start to teach under supervision. As you progress, you are required to keep a journal of your experience that informs your reflective writing submission. When you and your supervisor agree that you are ready, you can submit your portfolio for assessment and certification as a CMRP Trained Teacher. At this point you can choose to register with Bangor University to have videos of your teaching assessed with the Mindfulness-based Intervention-Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC). If successful you will then be certified as a CMRP Competency-assessed Teacher and your Pathway will come to an end.
If you decide to leave the Pathway before fulfilling all the requirements of a Trained Teacher, you can submit your portfolio early and receive certification as a Practising Teacher. Although you will not then be eligible to submit videos for assessment, this level of certification will show that you meet the requirements to be added to the UK Listing of Mindfulness-based Teachers held by BAMBA. You can always re-join the Pathway later if you choose to do so.
We have provided a short summary of the three certification points, but we highly recommend that you read the TTP Handbook, which provides greater detail.
Certification as a Practising Teacher
The training, retreats, supervised teaching and reflective writing required to exit The Pathway as a Practising Teacher develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to begin to teach MBSR/MBCT. Ideally, you will teach your first course as an assistant to a more experienced teacher. However, this isn’t always possible.
For the first one or two courses you teach, we recommend that you have weekly supervision. Supervision should begin before your classes start so that you can have some guidance with the participant assessment process, development of your teaching materials and recordings as well as week-by-week guidance through the course(s). Following this, supervision should be as much as you need, but at least in line with the UK Mindfulness Teachers Good Practice Guidelines.
On achieving certification as a Practising Teacher you will be eligible to apply for the UK Listing of Mindfulness Teachers held by BAMBA.
Certification as Trained Teacher
Certification as Trained Teacher provides an opportunity to develop experience and confidence in MBSR/MBCT teaching through further training, supervised teaching, attendance on retreats, continuing personal practice and engagement with your supervisor. You and your supervisor will reflect on your readiness for Mindfulness-based Intervention – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) assessment.
Certification as Competency-assessed Teacher
Once you have successfully submitted your portfolio and become a CMRP Trained Teacher you will receive a registration link to enable you to sign up for this module within Bangor University. Registration takes place at two time points each year – September or January. Those registered in September must submit by January, those registered in January must submit by May. It is wise to either have a course already recorded prior to registration, or certainty that it is achievable within this time span. Module registration fees cannot be refunded if you are unable to submit on time.
The module will involve:
- Attending online teaching on professional and ethical issues in mindfulness-based teaching
- Submission of a portfolio for MBI-TAC assessment which includes audio-visual recordings of an entire 8-week MBCT, MBSR or MBCT-Ca course with an accompanying written reflective analysis.