MBCT in NHS Talking Therapies services (formerly IAPT)
With our partners at Exeter University, Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness, and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, we run a one-year training programme to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in NHS Talking Therapies services (formerly IAPT).
Face to face and online training
The MBCT teacher training is delivered in three or four sites across England, through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. The teaching, supervision and five-day retreat are fully funded by NHS England.
Teaching within NHS Talking Therapies
On successful completion of the training, staff will be able to deliver this NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) approved, evidence-based, therapeutic approach within NHS Talking Therapies services. This intervention can be used for people with mild to moderate depression, and as a relapse prevention intervention for people with recurrent depression.
The teacher training is for high intensity cognitive behaviour therapists with:
- at least one year’s post-qualification experience working in NHS Talking Therapies services;
- an established personal mindfulness practice;
- experience of doing the MBCT course as a participant.
Diversity welcome and positively encouraged
We are enriched by people’s diversity on our training and would particularly welcome applications from people from underrepresented communities.
Please note that each trainee must fill out a trainee application form. Single or multiple trainee applications from the same service must be accompanied by a single service application form completed by the NHS Talking Therapies service lead where those trainees work.
Successful graduates of the training will meet the NHS England requirement for NHS Talking Therapies staff teaching MBCT to register with the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA).
For more information, please see Marx, R., Menzies, P. Symon, R. Turner, S. & Pound, A. (2023). MBCT training in IAPT: the experience of the first UK government funded teacher training programme. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 16, e8, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1754470X23000028
Further information on the training content can be found in the training information and curriculum below, or by contacting the training site lead for your area:
Dr Paul Bernard (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the North (North East and North West, including Cheshire, Yorkshire and Humberside and further north).
Dr Tim Sweeney (email@example.com) and Kate Feenan (Kathryn.Feenan@nottshc.nhs.uk) for Central England (Midlands and East of England, including Stafford, Derby, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire and as far south as, and including, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Essex, East Anglia and Hertfordshire).
Dr Nicole Jamani (N.Jamani@exeter.ac.uk) for the South and South-West (including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and further south-west).
Dr Robert Marx (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the South (covering Greater London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Isle of Wight, the Thames Valley, including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the south-west).
Trainees and alumni on the programme can join the NHS in Talking Therapies support for integrity in teaching and training (SiTT) group. The group meets on the last Thursday of every month between 3.30pm and 5pm. You can find details here: https://www.sitt.community/sitt-groups.
Here is all the information and forms needed to apply for the training to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy as part of NHS Talking Therapies services.
Handbooks and training materials
Here you can find all the materials that you may need while training to teach MBCT as part of NHS Talking Therapies services.