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Online – Working with Groups in Mindfulness-based Interventions

July 21, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm BST


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed to be taught in a group setting and has a strong emphasis on common humanity as well as working with universal processes of vulnerability (reactivity, rumination, etc.).

A group context enables participants to experience the sense of common humanity and begin to understand that vulnerability is universal. This in turn enables and supports connection and compassion.

A core component of teaching MBCT skilfully, is the ability to mindfully form a group and to hold it through various group stages/processes/ patterns and to guide it through the ending process. Without this foundation the effectiveness of MBCT can be compromised.

This workshop offers trainee MBCT teachers and established teachers the opportunity to develop their skills in creating a warm, supportive, safe group learning environment. It will help teachers to reflect on how a group forms, develops and ends and develop skills in managing challenges, processes and patterns/ dynamics within the group.

The workshop is largely experiential, and will include a variety of teaching methods, including some ‘role plays’…. to work together trying out new skills and ideas whilst experimenting with a variety of situations which often crop up in any group.

The workshop aims to develop teachers’ confidence – “how do we as individuals react and respond to different dynamics?” Working with groups involves being with uncertainty – what are the firm foundations we can draw upon in this work?

Event Details

July 21, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm BST
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Specific Audience:
This workshop is required for trainees on the OMC’s teacher training pathway and should be completed after Modules 1 and 2 and before Module 4. · THIS WORKSHOP IS ALSO OPEN TO TRAINED MBCT TEACHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SKILLS FOR WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH MBCT GROUPS. · If you are a trainee teacher on a pathway outside of the OMC, you are welcome at this workshop if you have completed some elements of your teacher training. · Please do not sign up for this workshop if your only experience with MBCT is participating in an 8-week course.
Event Mindfulness Approach:
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
This event will be taught by:
Andy Phee and Marion Furr

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