PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)

Postgraduate training

We offer Postgraduate training programmes in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches at Certificate, Diploma and Masters level. These are aimed at developing competence in established evidence-based applications, especially for the prevention of relapse in recurrent major depression, but also for clients in a range of different settings including physical and mental healthcare and education.

Within mental health settings Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a treatment for preventing relapse from depression is becoming increasingly adopted. The use of mindfulness-based treatments for other conditions and in a wider range of settings outside of healthcare is also on the increase. In this programme you will develop a foundational base of the theory and research surrounding MBCT and other Mindfulness-based Approaches (MBA). You will have considerable opportunity for developing and reflecting on a personal mindfulness practice. This foundation lays the basis for continuing on to the Postgraduate Diploma year.

Train with experts

Each of our postgraduate training programmes in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches maintain an in depth focus on the underpinning theory and research, enhanced by the work carried out in the Mood Disorders Centre; a partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Health Service. The Centre has been offering MBCT as part of its clinical services since 2002. In addition to the training delivered by experts from the Mood Disorders Centre with an international profile in developing, researching and teaching mindfulness-based approaches, teaching is enhanced by external tutors skilled in MBCT and Mindfulness-based interventions.

The programmes have been set up and are run in collaboration with Gaia House; a centre for meditation, enquiry and compassion where you will attend retreats to cultivate your own personal mindfulness practice. You will benefit from the integral involvement of experienced Buddhist teachers exploring the lineage of mindfulness in Buddhist Psychology, and the teachers at Gaia House.

Our training places you at the heart of the community in a region with one of the largest networks of mindfulness practitioners and Buddhist teachers in the country.

Our training organisation is a participating member of the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Training organisations. Our trainers adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Trainers, our supervisors adhere to the new Good Practice Guidelines for Supervisors and we encourage the teachers we train to adhere to the  Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers and FAQs for the GPG.

Programme progression

Over the last day years I have found great happiness in contributing to the bridging of classical and contemporary teachings on mindfulness.  It is an ongoing journey of learning between two communities that converge in their commitment to easing distress.

Christina Feldman

Listen to Christina, one of our teachers here at the University of Exeter giving an inspiring keynote at Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) conference 2015, which they have kindly offered to support the mindfulness field.

Training to be a mindfulness therapist at Exeter is an invitation to not only learn and practice a new clinically effective therapy, but to see yourself and others through a new looking glass. Compassion, curiosity and acceptance become part of the experience of learning and create unexpected ripples through lots of areas of your life in unexpected ways.

Veronica Hicks, Psychological Therapist, graduate PgCert Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies