Come and meet the training team at one of CMRP’s free online sessions. This is an opportunity to learn more about the training routes, ask questions, and have mindfulness practice together. To find out more, visit the CMRP website at www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/open-days.php.en.
Absolutely not. All of our teacher training events can be taken individually. You do not have to on the TTP. However, if you decide to register for the TTP at a later date (or if you are on the waiting list to join the TTP), then any courses you take with us will be applied retrospectively to your training portfolio.
There are three certification points, outlined in brief, below.
Certification as a Practising Teacher
The training, retreats, supervised teaching and reflective writing required to exit The Pathway as a Practising Teacher develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to begin to teach MBSR/MBCT. Ideally, you will teach your first course as an assistant to a more experienced teacher. However, this isn’t always possible.
For the first one or two courses you teach, we recommend that you have weekly supervision. Supervision should begin before your classes start so that you can have some guidance with the participant assessment process, development of your teaching materials and recordings as well as week-by-week guidance through the course(s). Following this, supervision should be as much as you need, but at least in line with the BAMBA Good Practice Guidelines.
On achieving certification as a Practising Teacher you will be eligible to apply to be listed with BAMBA.
Certification as Trained Teacher
Certification as Trained Teacher provides an opportunity to develop experience and confidence in MBSR/MBCT teaching through further training, supervised teaching, attendance on retreats, continuing personal practice and engagement with your supervisor. You and your supervisor will reflect on your readiness for Mindfulness-based Intervention – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) assessment.
Certification as Competency-assessed Teacher
Once you have successfully submitted your portfolio and become a CMRP Trained Teacher you will receive a registration link to enable you to sign up for this module within Bangor University. Registration takes place at two time points each year – September or January. Those registered in September must submit by January, those registered in January must submit by May. It is wise to either have a course already recorded prior to registration, or certainty that it is achievable within this time span. Module registration fees cannot be refunded if you are unable to submit on time.
The module will involve:
Attending online teaching on professional and ethical issues in mindfulness-based teaching
Submission of a portfolio for MBI-TAC assessment which includes audio-visual recordings of an entire 8-week MBCT, MBSR or MBCT-Ca course with an accompanying written reflective analysis.
The retreat requirement for the TTP is to engage in annual mindfulness meditation retreats of a minimum of five days. This is in line with Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers. While on the TTP, we recommend you sit the Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat and the Deepening and Extending the Foundations of Mindfulness at some point as these have been specifically designed for mindfulness teachers in training. These would count towards your annual retreat requirement. Visit our CALENDAR to browse retreats.
It is currently possible to specialise in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and MBCT for Cancer (MBCT-Ca). We are exploring the possibility of broadening our specialisms to include Mindfulness based Relapse Prevention and Mindfulness based Childbirth and Parenting among others, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
The overall cost of your Pathway will depend on your experience so far as some previous training will count retrospectively towards your portfolio. Below is a breakdown of costs for those registered on the Pathway. Each individual event is listed on our CALENDAR and has full details of the cost of training and accommodation (if residential).
Costs of the TTP 2019/2020
The rates listed below are approximate costs that will vary depending on how much of the TTP you have already completed and at what point you choose to exit. Members of the TTP receive a 10% discount on the training fee, excluding accommodation for all TTP training events. This discount is reflected in the costs given below.
Initial registration fee to begin the TTP: £150.00
Costs for Mindfulness Teachers Professional Pathway (MTTP) Module: £860.00
Registration and completion of the module with Bangor University including:
Participation in online training on ethics and professional practice.
Tutorials with module organiser
Assessment of video recording of an eight-week course and reflective report
Bangor University have a partnership arrangement with the Mindfulness Network for the provision of mindfulness supervision for TTP trainees. The supervisors within this group are senior teachers, have taken mindfulness supervision training and have been carefully selected to join this team. The Mindfulness Network website has a list of recommended supervisors and their availability. There is a particular section that lists supervisors specialising in supervising those on training programs.
If you already have an experienced mindfulness teacher as a supervisor and wish to continue working with them, please discuss this with your mentor. We will contact the supervisor you would like to work with to ask for information and let them know what is required before agreeing that they can work as your supervisor.
Supervision is typically arranged on Skype, Zoom or telephone. Your supervisor does not need to attend your courses but will at some point watch videos of your teaching. Read more in our Supervision FAQs.
By registering for the TTP you become a part of a community of trainees supporting one another by connecting online and at various training events and retreats. Connection with other teachers and practitioners is so useful as you train to teach. Peer support can be just as valuable as supervision in helping you to develop insight and to reflect on your experiences together. The support and mutual understanding peers can provide can help to remind you that you are not on this journey alone and can motivate you to turn towards the challenges. Our community of trainees come together to share in the joys and challenges of the TTP via:
TTP Forum on Facebook – The TTP forum is a great place for quick questions and to start threads of discussion useful to the whole community. CMRP Trainers and mentors periodically check in to the group and respond to posts and the TTP Lead and Coordinator are regularly available to contribute. Trainees will be given log in details in their TTP Welcome Pack on registration.
Online Connect and Share Drop-Ins – Quarterly zoom sessions provide a space for trainees on the TTP to connect and practise together. Dates, times and Zoom links will be sent out via email to all those registered on the TTP.
Peer Partnerships – As mindfulness teachers and teachers in training we can often feel like we are alone in the challenges we face. All current and new TTP trainees can now be connected with a peer to share in the joys and challenges of being on the TTP in a on-to-one setting. Peer support and connection can be invaluable in maintaining motivation and commitment. This option will be given to trainees on registration to the TTP.