LIVE ONLINE: Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion (IMC) Qualification - FULLY BOOKED

Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion is a part-time, 200 hour qualification accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). There are 36 hours of face-to-face teaching and a further 164 hours of directed learning hours. This qualification is for anyone who has experienced the benefits of Mindfulness and Compassion themselves and wishes to teach others.

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What is Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion (IMC)?

Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion is a ground-breaking course designed and developed by Karen Atkinson, author of the book Compassionate Mindful Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice, A Practical Guide for Mindfulness Teachers, Yoga Teachers and Allied Health. If you have experience of the benefits and transformative effects of mindfulness and compassion, feel drawn to passing this learning to others and feel like starting a new career path or enhancing your existing work to improve the lives of others, then this Accredited Level 4 Qualification is for you.

Karen’s passion for making Mindfulness and Compassion accessible for everyone fuelled her to write this qualification. Through years of clinical work, she could see the benefits of teaching Mindfulness and Compassion together.

“Teaching Mindfulness alone has many benefits, including bringing an awareness to our stress and related patterns and behaviours. However, teaching Compassion alongside it is so powerful. It enables clients to soften around their experiences, be kind to themselves, learn new and sustainable ways to look after themselves and improve relationships and wellbeing.”
Karen Atkinson, Director of MindfulnessUK and Course Developer

This practical course teaches students about the considerations and applications to work with mindfulness in a compassionate way. With clients, in groups, or for one-to-one clients.

The six teaching days run sequentially and incorporate eight learning outcomes:

1. Use mindfulness and compassion skills for personal development
2. Understand how mindfulness practice affects health and wellbeing
3. Teach mindfulness skills and practices
4. Understand the key therapeutic elements of mindfulness and suffering
5. Understand the therapeutic qualities of self-compassion and compassion to others’ practices
6. Explain to clients how mindfulness and compassion can enhance their relationship with others
7. Understand the application of relevant neuroscience to teaching mindfulness practices
8. Continue to develop professionally

Learners will be given articles, books and internet resources and there will be assessments and assignments throughout the training. Due to the current situation, this training will now be delivered in a Virtual Classroom, live. We realise that this is a new way of learning for some but the technology is simple and easy to use, there are breakout (individual discussion / meeting) rooms and virtual whiteboards, as well as many of the other aspects of a physical learning environment

How to Apply

1. In order to apply for the course, please fill out the application form on the Mindfulness UK website here

2. Register on to the course using the Book Now link on this page – an initial deposit of £975 will be required to make your booking. If for any reason your application is unsuccessful, you will be refunded in full. See Cost Details for full information on payment.


One Bursary place is offered to someone who can provide detailed evidence of how they will take the skills gained in the training to be of benefit to a specific group in need. The bursary is at 50% of the total course fee. Please contact to request an application form.


This qualification is for anyone who has experienced the benefits of Mindfulness and Compassion themselves and wishes to teach others Over the years we have attracted students from public services, and the NHS through to DJ’s, landscape gardeners, yoga teachers and everything in-between.

Applicants must have experienced Mindfulness either:

  • Through their own learning and experience
  • And/or have completed the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course or similar either in a group or online.
  • Applicants must be practising Mindfulness meditation practice regularly themselves.

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


Mindfulness UK

What our students say

This course gave me great advice on how to teach mindfulness, equipping me with variety of ideas, phrases, and ways of introducing the topic. Student on Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice , January 2016

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