Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification for Yoga Teachers and Therapists

This qualification is for yoga teachers and therapists who wish to teach Mindfulness and Compassion programmes for individuals or groups. Applicants must have experienced Mindfulness either through their own learning and experience and/or have completed the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course, or similar, either in a group or as e-learning. Applicants must also be practising Mindfulness meditation regularly themselves.

IMC

Course Description

Have you ever considered the power of mindfulness and compassion in your teaching?

The Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion (IMC) Teacher Training course was developed and written by Karen Atkinson, Senior Partner of MindfulnessUK and author of Compassionate Mindful Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice, and is accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body. It is specifically designed for existing yoga teachers and therapists.

In association with Yogacampus, Karen will be delivering this course live online, having created a bespoke and nourishing training that optimises the skills, tools and practices of mindfulness and compassion, exploring how to deepen the experience of the students and clients of yoga teachers and yoga therapists. A valued member of our teaching faculty for many years, Karen remains rooted in her 30 years of yoga practice, aligned with her clinical expertise, demonstrating how to create an atmosphere in which clients can thrive and flourish with potential life-transforming effects, as it did for her.

Join the many hundreds of graduates of this course and help create a community that has the capacity to make the world a kinder and more compassionate place to "be".

This qualification is accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

Course Structure

The Level 4 Certificate in Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification takes around 200 learning hours to complete, 36 hours of taught sessions and 164 hours of self-directed study.

Taught sessions take place over 6 days in a live classroom via Zoom.These sessions include some in class practical assessments, as well as work in pairs or small groups in break out rooms. At the beginning of the course, you will be given a student handbook and a folder with comprehensive course notes to follow and refer to throughout your time studying for this qualification.

In order to receive certification, you must attend each teaching day and pass each of the assessment criteria contained within the eight learning outcomes (see below) to level 4 standard. There will be clear instructions for pre-reading and preparation before each teaching session and there are full assignment briefs for written assignments, both included within the course notes. Tutors are available via email throughout the course, between teaching days.

The 164 hours of self-directed study include the pre-reading, teaching sessions, revisiting previous Mindfulness and Compassion course materials, reading books, watching YouTube etc.,as well as preparing for assessments and writing assignments. Every yoga teacher and therapist utilises their time differently in line with their other commitments.

Please note that you will be required to carry out some pre-course assignments, including pre-reading and/or reflections/journaling to enable you to get the most out of the training. We therefore recommend that you register for the course as early as possible to allow yourself plenty of time to prepare. You will receive instructions for the pre-course assignments together with your booking confirmation. Please note that it is your responsibility to read the joining instructions that will be outlined in your booking confirmation email.

This is a well-paced course, for example the first learning outcome involves a practice log over 6 weeks, with self-reflection and inquiry. This is part of your self-directed study, and is not required to be handed in until after the final teaching day. The course end date is approximately 2 months after the final teaching day to allow for the internal and external moderation processes for the CPCAB accreditation.

What Will I Learn?

There are eight learning outcomes:

  1. Use mindfulness and compassion skills for personal development - day 1, 40 study hours.
  2. Understand how mindfulness practice affects health and wellbeing - day 1, 30 study hours.
  3. Teach mindfulness skills and practices - theory: day 2, 10 study hours; practical: day 3, 40 study hours.
  4. Understand the key therapeutic elements of mindfulness and suffering - day 4, 20 study hours.
  5. Understand the therapeutic qualities of self-compassion and compassion to others’ practices - day 5, 10 study hours.
  6. Explain to clients how mindfulness and compassion can enhance their relationships with others - day 5, 20 study hours.
  7. Understand the application of relevant neuroscience to teaching mindfulness and compassion practices - day 6, 20 study hours.
  8. Continue to develop professionally - day 6, 10 study hours.

Who is the Course for?

This qualification is for yoga teachers and therapists who wish to teach Mindfulness and Compassion Programmes for individuals or groups within or alongside their existing offer. Applicants must have experienced Mindfulness either through their own learning and experience and/or have completed the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course or similar either in a group or as E-learning. Applicants must also be practicing Mindfulness meditation practice regularly themselves.

In order to apply for the course, please complete the online application form. Once your application has been accepted, we will be in touch with you to register you on the course and explain payment options.

Applicants should send a copy of a certificate of any courses taken as proof for eligibility along with their application.

Meet the Teacher

Karen is Director and Co-Founder of MindfulnessUK and author of Compassionate Mindful Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice, A Practical Guide for Mindfulness Teachers, Yoga Teachers and Allied Health Health Professionals.

Having spent her childhood in Australia, she moved to the UK and gained a Degree in Nursing Studies and RGN in London, developing her therapeutic skills with the addition of further modalities over the years. Karen has also been teaching yoga for 30 years. Throughout her career, Karen has worked in multidisciplinary teams including nurses, doctors, psychologists, a Pain Consultant, therapists and complementary practitioners, and has been offering the skills of mindfulness to patients for 16 years.

Teaching mindfulness at all levels, Karen offers a very hand-on, practical approach to the application and use of mindfulness practices, skills and techniques to individuals, groups and organisations. Karen has a warm, intuitive, friendly and professional manner and she uses her extensive clinical, therapeutic experience to breathe life in to her teaching.

Also on the teaching faculty for the Yoga Therapy Diploma at Yogacampus in London, Karen has published several articles on mindfulness and regularly attends mindfulness conferences at Bangor University and Breathworks.

http://www.mindfulnessuk.com/

Karen Atkinson headshot 2019


Accreditation

This qualification is accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

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