Supervised Pathway Training in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)/Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The University of Exeter are now offering a Supervised Pathway route to training which aims to provide a framework to develop a grounded understanding of Mindfulness-based Approaches, namely Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and/or Mindfulness-based stress Reduction (MBSR).The key areas of focus will be personal practice, theoretical understandings and the skills to teach.

The supervised pathway sits in the context of the CEDAR programmes within the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter and alongside the full postgraduate training in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches. This is part of our larger commitment to making high quality mindfulness-based approaches more accessible and both informs and is informed by our research and clinical work.

We have been developing this supervised pathway for a several years with a specific project to train twelve clinicians from IAPT services over and a number of trainees on individualised, bespoke pathways, some of whom already had a range of mindfulness-based training and experience.

"The course is outstanding and a privilege to study under such experts in their field.

This has been a very helpful and positive experience for me.  I was given very valuable feedback that has really supported me as a teacher."

IAPT trainee 2014

The supervised pathway has been developed in collaboration with the Universities of Bangor and Oxford and in line with the UK Trainers’ network Good Practice Guidelines for teachers. The intention of this alternative route to training is to provide a pathway which is flexible and can be adapted to individual needs. During the pathway you are requiring to keep a portfolio of your training and learning.

We envisage that the pathway would take a minimum of two years to complete for those just beginning and may be less for those who have some training and mindfulness-based teaching.  (See framework). The final part of the pathway is the completion of a university module ‘Assessed Teaching Practice’ which involves submitting video recordings of your teaching of an eight week MBCT/MBSR course for assessment using the Mindfulness-based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC). If competence is reached in all domains of this assessment process a certificate of competency and completion of the pathway will be issued.