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

With our partners at Exeter University, Nottingham Mindfulness Centre and Tess, Esk and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, we have so far run 3 cohorts of the national MBCT in IAPT training. We hope to be imminently commissioned by Health Education England to deliver a fourth cohort. This would be advertised here in the autumn of 2021 and delivered in 2022-23. The training is likely to be delivered in multiple sites across England. 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. Further information about the 2022 intake will be here soon.

For more information, see the training information and curriculum for the 2021 intake 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).

2021 intake information:

2021 intake Handbooks and Training Materials

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

APT 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 feedback form

Supervision record

Contract for supervision of mindfulness-based teaching and practice

MBCT in IAPT Cohort 3 Competency Development Log