The Mindfulness Foundation Ireland
Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches
Dublin and Cork
The Mindfulness Foundation will launch in September, 2015 with a professional two-year Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
The Mindfulness Foundation is a project of the Mindfulness Clinic and is committed to integrating Mindfulness-Based Approaches in mental health, education and community. The Diploma is a comprehensive, professional, affordable training and supervision pathway.
Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches
Learn to teach mindfulness-based interventions such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) in clinical or educational settings.
The training will be interactive, experiential, collaborative, and will draw on a model of participatory development, blended learning, research, practice and skills. An important part of the course is that trainees develop a daily personal mindfulness practice and organise placements in community, voluntary, charitable or NGO settings.
The programme seeks to meet the needs of experienced mental health professionals from a variety of settings who aim to enhance their practice and extend their professionalism to include the highest standards of teaching, dissemination and evaluation of mindfulness-based interventions.
Participants will attend 24 monthly practice and teaching days (6 hours per month) and will attend a training retreat (5 days, Year 1) and a mindfulness integrative residential retreat (5 days, Year 2).
The cost of the training is €750 Euro per year but does not include the cost of accommodation/food for the residential retreat in Year 2. Total practice and teaching: 275 hours and the total cost of tuition and practice is €1,500 Euro. The Mindfulness Foundation is committed to the practice of dana (generosity), community and research.
Prerequisites for application includes: previous participation on an eight-week mindfulness training MBSR or MBCT, a minimum of one year personal practice, a qualification in psychotherapy, psychology, or mental health and placement in a voluntary, charitable or community setting.
This training is in line with established Mindfulness training standards and participants are required to develop a personal practice, teach an eight-week mindfulness group, submit video recordings, reflective essay, assignments, presentations, and attend regular supervision/peer supervision.
Training culminates in teacher assessment, using the Mindfulness-Based Interventions-Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC). Graduates will receive a Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches and membership of the Mindfulness Foundation, which includes website and email association/referrals and qualification to facilitate and evaluate MBSR/MBCT training.
Lead Trainer: The lead trainer/facilitator on this training is Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP and guest tutors will be invited to teach some elements of the course. Participants are advised to explore other training pathways which are included on www.mindfulnessclinic.ie
Fees: There is no application or interview fee. Successful applicants are required to pay a €100 euro deposit and two additional payments: €350 by 1st September, 2015 and €300 by 30th January, 2016. The full cost of the training is €1500 but does not include accommodation/food for the retreat in Year II.
There is currently no professional or statutory registration required to teach or facilitate mindfulness-based interventions such as MBSR and MBCT.
The Mindfulness Foundation observes the Guidelines for Training Teachers to deliver MBCT and MBSR by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Trainers’ and the Principles and Standards for Training Teachers to Deliver MBSR developed by the Centre for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts. Protocol adherence of MBCT and MBSR approaches is strictly followed.
The Mindfulness Foundation aims to foster a community of practitioners
with the expertise to facilitate mindfulness-based programmes in clinical settings within the NGO, community and voluntary settings.
The Mindfulness Foundation is a social enterprise model based on participatory development, collaboration, research and practice.
We aim to pioneer a new and sustainable model of community-based learning and mental health by making Mindfulness-Based Approaches (MBAs) accessible and affordable in voluntary and charitable settings.
The course covers five main topic areas:
- Practiceincluding the development of personal experience of mindfulness, the capacity to relate this experience to theory and research, and the skills needed to instruct clients in MBCT/MBSR, drawing on relevant theory, research and clinical literature. The two-year training is experiential and practice-based and a large component of the training is practice and learning to lead meditations and group inquiry.
- Theory, including: relevant cognitive science attention, psychology, psychotherapy and a solid understanding of the Buddhist foundations to mindfulness and compassion. Clinical theory will include exploration of the maintenance of emotional disorders and the underlying principles of MBSR and MBSR.
- Researchrelated to the ongoing development of MBCT/MBSR, and investigating the areas of theory outlined above and the adherence of MBCT/MBSR protocol and research instruments for assessing and measuring mindfulness.
- Clinical applications in a range of problem areas, for example, depression, anxiety, stress, and pain. Theory will include inclusion and exclusion and assessment criteria for suitable participants to join eight-week courses.
- Community and collaborative learning is an important part of the group process and the group are encouraged to lead practices, attend peer supervision and contribute to the overall teaching through presentations, participation and blended learning. The collaborative and community-based approach is emphasised through the contribution, participation and sharing of mindfulness in charitable and voluntary organisations. Participants deliver an eight-week course in a professional/voluntary setting in Year II.
Training Dates: Year I
Dublin training dates: 10am to 5pm
Sundays: 13 September, 4 October, 8 November, 6 December, 2015
10 January, 14 February, 6 March, 10 April, 8, May, 12 June, 10 July, 7 August,
11 September, 9 October, 6 November, 4 December, 2016
Cork training dates: 10am to 5pm (pending on numbers).
Saturdays: 12 September, 3 October, 7 November, 19 December* 2015
9 January, 13 February, 5 March, 9 April, 7 May, 11 June, 9 July,
6 August, 10 September, 8 October, 5 November and 3 December, 2016
Training Retreat: Year I 5 days 10am to 8pm
Friday 2 September to Tuesday 6 September
Combination of both training groups and the group lead the retreat. Venue TBC: Dublin/Meath.
Year II 7 days Silent retreat: 1-8 July, 2017 venue TBC
Residential/food not included in fee
Further information: www.mindfulnessfoundation.ie
The Mindfulness Foundation, The Mindfulness Clinic, 19 Fizwilliam Square, Dublin 2
Tel: 087-7989301 E: firstname.lastname@example.org