Learning to use the MBI:TAC
The Bangor, Exeter and Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) is a system for assessing and reflecting on teaching integrity that has been developed with the unique characteristics of mindfulness-based teaching in mind. Beyond assessment, the MBI:TAC has become an important support both to trainees as they reflect on their personal development, and also to supervisors and trainers as they support the development of skilful teaching in their trainees and supervisees.
Who is the training for?
The course is particularly suited to those who are established mindfulness-based teachers and who are in roles which involve supporting others to grow their mindfulness-based teaching skills. It is also suitable to those who are interested in using the MBI:TAC as a tool to support their own personal development as a mindfulness-based teacher. The course is anchored in the curriculums of MBSR and MBCT but is relevant and open to those teaching other curriculums.
What is involved?
This workshop aims to develop participants’ familiarity with and skills in using the MBI:TAC. It will include presentations on the background and context for the development of the tool, on its structure and on how to use it to:
- bring objectivity and rigor into our personal development as mindfulness teachers,
- sensitively integrate its use in Mindfulness Supervision
- how to use it to assess teaching competency
Participants will have an opportunity to watch audio visual clips of different elements of mindfulness-based teaching, followed by explorations of and training in the use of the MBI:TAC to reliably recognize the ‘key features’ in the 6 Domains of MBI-TAC and assess competency. There will be a focus on a personal and collective exploration of integrity in mindfulness-based teaching and the use of the MBI:TAC as a ‘lens’ through which to engage in this exploration. We will consider how participants and supervisors can take forward their learning and practice beyond the workshop.
Key learning objectives:
The workshop aims to:
- examine the particular nature of integrity in mindfulness-based teaching
- present the rationale for the development of the MBI:TAC
- develop knowledge of the design and structure of the MBI:TAC
- acquire practice skills in reviewing mindfulness-based teaching using the MBI:TAC
- explore how this tool may be sensitively integrated into the Supervisory role
- discuss the potential and limitations of the MBI:TAC
- enable personal and collective examination of current and future directions for supporting clarity and consensus on mindfulness-based teaching integrity.
Pre-requisites for attending:
- Completion of either a group-based, eight-week MBCT/MBSR course or a nine-week CMRP distance learning MBSR programme
- Commitment to an ongoing daily personal mindfulness-based practice, based on MBSR/MBCT practices
- Have taught three or more supervised 8-week mindfulness courses.
Key references and pre-workshop reading:
The following are available for download at http://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/publications.php.en:
Crane, R.S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R. P.1, Williams, J.M.G., Bartley, T., Evans, A.,Silverton, S., Soulsby, J.G., Surawy, C. (2013) Development and validation of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC), Assessment, doi: 10.1177/1073191113490790
Crane R.S., Kuyken, W., Williams, J. M. G., Hastings, R., Cooper, L., Fennell, M.J.V. (2012), Competence in teaching mindfulness-based courses: concepts, development, and assessment, Mindfulness, 3, 76-84. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-011-0073-2
Crane, R.S., Soulsby, J.G., Kuyken, W., Williams, J.M.G., Eames, C., (2012) The Bangor, Exeter & Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) for assessing the competence and adherence of mindfulness-based class-based teaching (https://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/documents/MBI-TACmanualsummaryaddendums05-16.pdf)
What to bring/wear:
Wear comfortable clothing as we will be doing some practices.
The latest version of the MBITAC can be freely downloaded here: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/CentreforMindfulnessResearchandPractice-MBITAC.php
Our trainers are all members of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) training team. All have been extensively trained in this approach and engage in a rigorous ongoing process of training and supervision. We use strict criteria when selecting teachers/trainers to work with us. The name of the specific trainer(s) for this event is at the top of this page. Just click on the trainer name to find out more about him/her.
The Chester Quaker Meeting House is situated in the heart of the city.
Please arrive at 10.00am for a 10.30 start on the first day. The course will end at approximately 5.30pm on the first day.
Please arrive for a 9.00am start on the second day. The course will end at approximately 4.00pm on the second day.
Our full rates have no hidden extras. Accommodation and lunch are not included for this non-residential event but refreshments will be available.
Standard Rate: £295.00.
TTP & CMRP Master’s rate: £266.00
Employer’s rate: £345
Standard Rate – The rate for accessing this training as a ‘stand-alone’ training event and not part of a CMRP teacher training pathway.
TTP & CMRP Master’s rate – 10% reduction of the training cost for those currently on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) or the CMRP Master’s programme.
Employer’s rate: Recognising the large administrative overhead of dealing with employers, we will be adding a £50 surcharge if the employer is paying directly; where possible we would advise applicants to pay themselves and reclaim on expenses to avoid the charge. We will be applying this to all our offerings with effect from September 2020.
The application process:
Our application and payment process involves the following steps:
- We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this event is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week.
- Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you for the full amount.
- Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your full payment.
- We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.
Payment and cancellation policy:
Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.
Please also see the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) for good practice guidelines and other information for mindfulness-based teachers.
Please note that we give a Bangor University certificate of attendance which details the nature of the course and the hours involved. This does not though constitute an authorisation from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based approaches. The development and interest in the potential of mindfulness within a range of settings is rapidly growing and training processes are becoming more structured. Within the UK there is now a formal listing of Mindfulness-Based Course teachers overseen by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations (see http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk). CMRP and the Mindfulness Network are part of this collaboration and our Level 1 and above trainings plus adherence to recognised on-going Good Practice will enable practitioners to apply be recognised on this list.
Please feel free to email us at email@example.com to discuss any questions you may have about the course or whether it is appropriate for you at this time. We will ensure that your query reaches the correct person.