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Online – Research and Evaluation – Teacher Workshop

February 25, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0


MBCT is an evidence-based program. Effective teachers need an understanding of the evidence base in order to communicate effectively with potential participants and other interested parties about what the evidence shows and the limitations of current knowledge. Effective teachers also adopt an empirical mind-set. Rather than assuming that their courses must be effective because the literature says MBCT is helpful, they collect data to find out how their participants are responding to the course. The first half of the day provides an informative summary of the evidence base for MBCT and other important topics in the mindfulness field. Topics covered include: Assessment of mindfulness. Why should we attempt to measure mindfulness, what methods are available, how effective are they, and what have we learned about mindfulness and MBPs from this research? Efficacy of MBPs. What does research tell us about the benefits of MBPs? What do they help with, and how much? How do they compare with other evidence-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing? Other questions about efficacy. How much home practice are participants doing, and does it matter? Are self-help and online programs effective? Is MBCT cost-effective? What are the effects on the brain? Can evidence-based MBPs cause harm? Mechanisms of change in MBPs. How do beneficial effects of MBPs come about? What are the important changes? Effects of mindfulness training on kindness and compassion. The second half of the day cultivates teachers’ skills for adopting an empirical attitude about the courses they teach. Topics include: Why evaluating the courses we teach is important; How to develop useful questions about the courses we teach; Measures recommended by the OMC for assessing outcomes, mechanisms of change, acceptability, harmful and unpleasant experiences, and home practice; Thinking empirically about the findings obtained; Evaluating our teaching using the MBI-TAC framework.

Event Details

February 25, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
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Specific Audience:
The workshop is for teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT.
Event Mindfulness Approach:
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Partner Profile

Oxford Mindfulness Centre UK

Oxford Mindfulness Centre UK

Registered Jun 2020
Training Partner


The Oxford Mindfulness Centre, within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, has been at the forefront of mindfulness research and training since 2008. At the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) our mission is to reduce suffering, promote resilience and realise human potential across the lifespan through mindfulness. Its work is supported through a collaborative agreement between the University of Oxford and an independent not-for-profit charity, the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation (OMF). The mission is accomplished through robust training programmes and a range of accessibility initiatives all informed and shaped by rigorous scientific research. The OMC works to advance the understanding of evidence based mindfulness through research, publication, training and advocacy. We engage in: Research – undertaking world leading academic research and initiatives to promote mindfulness in the wider community. Training – we offer training in how to become an MBCT teacher and a programme of continuing professional development. Teaching – we offer introductory MBCT courses, open to all, throughout the year. Charitable initiatives – we actively work to make MBCT accessible to all.


Oxford, United Kingdom