Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy : Teacher Development – Part 1


Fee if paying via your institution: £880

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Trainers: Martin Wilks MSc, C.Psychol, ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer and Henry Whitfield MSc, MBACP, ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer.
21-22 Apr (Group Experiential)+ 05-06 May(Skills Training)
Time: 9.30 am for a 10:00am start – 5:00pm
CPD Value: 28 hours
Fee: £525
20% discount available if you bring a friend who has not already done training with us
Location: 5mins walk Euston mainline and underground, London NW1.

How does the very nature of human language lead to suffering? How can a person commit to living a vital and more meaningful life right now, in spite of emotional or physical pain barriers? Developed within a coherent theoretical and philosophical framework, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, and changing or persisting in behaviour in the service of chosen values

Introductory Workshop details

This workshop includes the traditional two day experiential introduction to ACT followed by a two day skills training workshop.

The first weekend has an emphasis on applying ACT to oneself in the group, the second weekend focuses on applying ACT to one on one practice, making use of a variety of ACT video demonstrations.

These two weekends are prerequisite to our intermediate ACT skills training workshop. The key concepts of ACT will be addressed, consistent with the book Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change by Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Strosahl, and Kelly Wilson.

The 'Six Core Processes' of ACT:

  • Acceptance
  • Cognitive Defusion
  • Being Present
  • Self as Context
  • Values
  • Committed action

Clinical Skills Training - Interweaving the ACT processes: (second weekend)

  • Analysing videos of leading ACT therapists in action
  • Participants practice the core processes of ACT in clinical work, (following live and video demonstrations of key ACT processes)
  • Creative hopelessness: confronting an unworkable agenda
  • Applications of ACT to specific presenting issues
  • Control is the problem
  • Mindfulness in ACT
  • Interweaving the core ACT processes together through understanding how they overlap and complement each other


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Dates: Course now running. Register your interest.
9.30am – 6.30pm
CPD Value: 35 hours
Honor Oak Park, SE23
(11mins from London Bridge by train)
Accommodation available at this venue for £38 for one night or £30 per night for two or more nights (approx)

About the course

The second part of this training is taken one year after completing Part-1

A teacher development training course designed to introduce and develop MBCT Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy teaching skills (lead by Dr Collard and assisted by experienced movement teacher Helen Stephenson).

This non-residential five-day training workshop at our venue in Honor Oak Park, SE23 will facilitate the deepening of your personal mindfulness practice. The main focus will be on developing sound teaching skills in MBCT and skills in inquiry and dialogue. The course is largely interactive and experiential, and you will be required to demonstrate teaching skills in small groups and discuss your experiences with one another, as well as doing meditation homework.

The training is in line with established MBCT trainer training standards and consists of 46 hours of teaching to a maximum of 12 participants (thus ensuring a student-to-teacher ratio of 6:1).

The course fee includes basic refreshments but not meals. There are several cafés and shops nearby where you can purchase food, which can also be stored at the venue (within reason). A further teacher development course (i.e. Part 2) which refines and builds on the lessons learned in this course will take place in mid-September 2014.

  • All participants are required to take part in a one-to-one telephone interview with Dr Collard in order to assess their suitability prior to taking part in the workshop. Participants will need to provide evidence of possessing the following essential attendance criteria:
  • Have attended an eight week course in MBCT/MBSR.
  • Have professional training and experience in the context within which they plan to teach/integrate mindfulness.
  • Have a real commitment to engage in this style of learning (non-fixing, letting things evolve, suspending habitual ways of thinking, engaging into a process of ‘being’ and ‘unfolding’, working from the heart and with compassion).
  • Have experience of daily mindfulness practice over at least one year and sufficient depth of personal experience of mindfulness practice to begin the development of competency in teaching. (Having practiced with cohorts or friends the various aspects of teaching required for delivering the eight-week course).
  • Have in-depth personal experience of the main practices taught in mindfulness-based approaches (body scan, sitting practice and mindful movement practice – at least one of the following: walking, yoga, tai chi or qi gong).
  • Have attended at least one week silent retreat and a few one-day or two-day retreats where mindfulness or insight meditation were experienced.
  • Have studied ‘Full Catastrophe Living’ and ‘Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression’ in depth.

About the trainer

Helen Stephenson

Helen Stephenson

ACBS Peer-reviewed ACT Trainer

Helen Stephenson is a REP's (Register of Exercise Professionals) registered yoga and Pilates teacher level 4 and back care specialist. She has 30 years teaching experience and is the visiting yoga teacher at the Buddhist meditation centre Gaia House, Devon. Since 1979 she attended retreats with Senior Insight Meditation Teachers Christopher Titmuss, Christina Feldman, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein et al. She trained in body-centred therapy (Wilhelm Reich and Hakomi) and holds the Relate Diploma in Systemic Therapy. She trained in MBCT with Dr. Patrizia Collard.