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UK Mindfulness Centres Collaboration Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher Training for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services

MBCT in IAPT Training Programme 2022

With our partners at Exeter University, Nottingham Mindfulness Centre and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, we are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 4th cohort of the MBCT in IAPT training programme. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 5th Nov 2021.  Please note that each trainee must fill out a trainee application form and trainee application forms from the same service must be accompanied by a service application form completed by the IAPT service lead.

The training is scheduled to be delivered in 4 sites across England through a mixture of face to face and online sessions. The teaching and supervision are funded by Health Education England and are provided free of charge to IAPT staff, who, on successful completion of the training, will be able to deliver this NICE approved evidence-based therapeutic approach for people with recurrent depression within IAPT services.

This training is for High Intensity CBT therapists with at least one year’s post-qualification experience, working in IAPT Services. We are enriched by people's diversity on our training and would particularly welcome applications from people from a BAME background. IAPT services are invited to apply to a training course in their assigned locality. IAPT services should work with interested staff to identify their preferred applicants for the training.

For more information, see the training information and curriculum for the 2022 intake (4th cohort) below or contact the training site lead for your area:

Dr Paul Bernard ( for the North (North East and North West, including Cheshire, Yorkshire and Humberside and further north).

Dr Tim Sweeney ( for Central England (Midlands and East of England, including Stafford, Derby, Notts and Lincolnshire and as far south as, and including, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Northants, Essex, East Anglia and Hertfordshire).

Dr Nicole Jamani ( for the South and South-West (including Bucks, Berks, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and further south-west).

Dr Robert Marx ( for the South East (covering Greater London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Isle of Wight).

2022 Application information:

Handbooks and Training Materials

Applying for an Assessment of Competency to teach MBCT for IAPT trainees

IAPT MBCT Supervisors Handbook

Addendum to the Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) for assessing online delivery of Mindfulness-based Programs

Information governance guidance relating to the creation, storage, transmission and deletion of clinical recordings

Consent to Recording Form Appendix 1 & 2

Supervision record

Contract for supervision of mindfulness-based teaching and practice


Supervision Feedback Template

Considerations embedding MBCT in IAPT