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Foundation training programme in Mindfulness-Based Approaches (MBCT/MBSR)


This course is designed for people wishing to teach the eight-week MBCT/MBSR programmes. The year-long training is part-time and runs from the orientation morning in February to December. The training uses an apprenticeship approach with a strong emphasis on supervised group facilitation, resting on a firm foundation of theory, regular feedback on teaching practice and daily personal mindfulness practice.

The training model we use has been described in greater detail in the following publication: Marx, R., Strauss, C., & Williamson, C. (2014). Mindfulness apprenticeships: a new model of NHS-based MBCT teacher-training. Mindfulness, 6, 253-263.

Graduates of the training, who have taught two groups of the same curriculum of MBCT or MBSR, are eligible to apply for the national register of teachers.

The training course is open to both NHS staff and people who work outside the NHS. For the 2022 round of the course, the cost of training is £3,950. There are usually some funded or part-funded training places available for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust staff. In addition, all trainees need to pay £500 for a residential retreat.

Applications for the course that starts in February 2022 are now open.

The course handbook below outlines the curriculum and training requirements:

Applications should be submitted before 21st November 2021. Applicants who are external to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) are welcome to submit their application forms early, for an early interview and selection decision. 

A decision on whether the training will be held in person (in Brighton) or online via Zoom will be made based on the which option best suits the majority of applicants and on any Covid safety restrictions in place at the time of the training. If there are sufficient applicants, then it may be possible to run two parallel versions of the course, one online and one in person.  We have previously run the course online in some years and in person in others, and found that both formats work well. Applicants will be asked to indicate on their application form whether they are willing and able to attend in person and/or online, and whether they have a preference. We will let successful applicants know which option (online, in person or a mixture) has been selected before the end of December 2021. After which, they can decide whether they wish to accept the offer of a place.

For further information about the training, please contact or call our Sussex Mindfulness Centre Administrator on 0300 3042057