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, including for the prevention of relapse in recurrent major depression, and also for clients in a range of different settings including physical and mental healthcare, education including schools, in social work and in the workplace.

Within mental health settings Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a treatment for preventing relapse from depression is becoming increasingly adopted. The use of evidence-based mindfulness approaches for other conditions and in a wider range of settings, including many kinds of healthcare, social work, education, occupational settings, families, and the criminal justice system is also on the increase. Our students come from many professional backgrounds and benefit from the cross fertilisation of ideas and practice that comes from working in a rich and diverse group. In this programme you will develop a foundational base of the theory and research surrounding MBCT, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 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. The training is delivered by experts from the Mood Disorders Centre with an international profile in developing, researching and teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Our course founders, team and associates have also contributed to the wider evidence-base in our research and teaching is enhanced by tutors skilled in MBCT and other Mindfulness-based interventions including MBSR and the Mindfulness in Schools Project.

The programmes have been set up and are run in collaboration with Gaia House; a world renowned 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.

Programme progression

Over the last 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

The course was challenging, rich and immensely enjoyable, a good foundation to begin teaching in fostering and adoption services. The precision of the MBCT curriculum has given me a very firm foundation from which to explore the differences and the similarities of MBSR. My subsequent engagement with more MBSR trained colleagues has added to the sense of adventure. I also have the academic underpinning under my belt.

Jacky Slade, Social worker & MBCT PG Cert Student, 2017

In the almost 10 years since my training at Exeter University, I've taught nearly forty eight-week MBSR courses for the general public, helping people manage - and reduce - their everyday stresses. Still, I am often moved, hearing about the positive effects the course has on their lives, and I often reflect back on my learning experiences at Exeter as a key element in becoming a mindfulness teacher.

Mark Bowden, MBSR Teacher, Retreat Leader & Supervisor; PgCert Mindfulness-based Approaches; Associate Mindfulness Network

I have an education background and found the Exeter PG Dip totally apt for my professional needs as a teacher of MBSR to adults, and to schools related programmes such as those offered by the Mindfulness in Schools Project. It was so nourishing to work in such a mixed group, and to learn from the precision of the clinicians how to have the humility to work within well-crafted structures while in turn being able to help others explore the greater degree of autonomy, creativity and innovation appropriate for teaching mindfulness in other professional settings. Rapidly the group melded into one, as we all benefitted from both the academic rigour and the personal transformation offered by the deep learning represented by our expert tutors, and from the fount of ancient wisdom which is Gaia House and its world class teachers.

Katherine Weare, Teacher, graduate PG Dip Mindfulness-Based Approaches, 2012-14