If there are any potential mindfulness teachers out there who are looking for an opportunity to practice their teaching skills, please feel free to get in touch with us. Wellpresent currently runs about 6 courses for the general public, in both Sheffield and Barnsley, throughout the year. Courses generally run from September to November and from January to April. In addition to the general public courses we run regular courses for the Recovery College in Barnsley, which we do free of charge, and for other voluntary and non-statutory organisations that ask us. We also run workplace courses for NHS trusts and organise shorter events such as day retreats and taster sessions.
All three of us completed our teacher training at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. This is a high quality training but is tough and requires that students provide evidence of teaching experience while they are studying. From our own experience we know that this isn't always easy to organise. There are a handful of other, similar teacher training programmes throughout the country and we are keen to support and encourage anyone who is currently involved in one of these programmes and wants some real world experience supporting a teacher in a group setting.
So, if you are currently working towards a recognised qualification in teaching mindfulness based approaches (whether MBSR or MBCT) or have been accepted on to a programme at a recognised institution, let us know and we will do our best to help you. If you are thinking of doing some actual teaching as part of a formal assessment, we would also ask that you seek out supervision from a qualified person. Supervision is essential. It also goes without saying that you should have a regular, daily mindfulness meditation practice and have completed an 8-week course as a participant. Realistically this offer will only apply to our courses starting early next year.
Interested? Then drop us a line and we'll get back to you. Let us know where you are doing your training, what stage you're at and where you live. If we can, we'll do our best to help you out.