I'm confused by all the different training courses, some at universities, what is the difference?

There are Mindfulness course run by both private Training Companies like ourselves, and in some Universities. For example Bangor offer 3 different types of training routes -

1. A Masters programme which gives you a certificate of competency to teach Mindfulness based courses. This is usually taken by those who wish to go into Mindfulness Research

2. A new extended Teacher Training pathway which also offers a certificate of competency and takes a minimum of 3 - 4 years to complete. 

3. A Continued Personal and Professional Development programme attendance course of a TTR1 of 50hrs and a TTR2 of 50hrs.

The Mindful Academy course is a 200hr taken over 2 modules also called TTR1 and TTR2. Our course is not an attendance only course, and you must demonstrate certain standards in order to be able to graduate from TTR1 and be able to apply for a place on TTR2. All assessments are carried out using the Mindfulness Industry standard Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC)  On graduation you are given a certificate to say that you are an Accredited MBSR Teacher with Mindful Academy. The course does not teach you to teach MBCT and it is not equivalent to Masters programme which takes several years.

Our course is registered with the Yoga Alliance Professionals in the UK and on completion you can register (at your own cost) and have your details shown on their website. If you are UK based (and some other countries, see website www.yogaalliance.co.uk for details) you would also be eligable to take out insurance to teach.

If you are UK based you would also be able to apply to join the Mindfulness Network, this is the register of teachers who have applied to be listed and have been able to demonstrate (via assessment process) that they meet the UK Good Practice Guidance for Mindfulness-Based Teachers i.e. they are suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and are receiving supervision for their teaching. For full details please visit their website https://www.mindfulness-network.org/listingspagenew.php This is as close as it gets for regulating MBSR in the UK at the present time. We cannot comment on what might occur in the future, however I feel that if you are registered with the Mindfulness Network then this demonstrates the quality of your training and your commitment to the Best Practice Guidelines.

In order to be able to attend the course, you would need to have taken a Live MBSR 8 Week course as a participant, this can either be in your home location, via distance learning or a 5 day Intensive. 

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