8 Week Foundation in Mindfulness-Based Interventions (A Blended Approach)


2/05/2017 - 27/06/2017


8:00PM - 10:00PM


Room 0G.533 School of Psychology, Queens University Belfast, David Kerr Building, 18-30 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5BN



What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an approach to life based on the understanding that "the present is the only time that any of us have to be alive - to know anything- to perceive- to learn- to act - to change- to heal" (Kabat-Zinn 1990). It is about being fully awake in our lives, paying attention with intention and without judgement. Through these practices we have the opportunity to access our own inner resources for insight, transformation and healing. Both scientific research and reports from course participants indicate a wealth of physical and psychological benefits.


The Programme

The 8 week programme is designed for applied psychological practitioners working within Health and Social Care Trusts or community organisations who have interest in establishing a personal mindfulness practice with the view to teaching. 

It will blend both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) throughout the programme.  The first step is to take the pre-training course as a participant so that you can become familiar with this way of learning from a personal perspective. If this is your first taste of mindfulness practice, you will need time after the end of the course to develop and explore your own personal practice.  Ideally you will have followed the MBSR or MBCT course over a period of 8 weeks as this gives the best understanding of how the skills and attitudinal foundations build on each other throughout the course and are closely connected. Many people who experience the course in this way find that it sets them on the path to developing their own mindfulness practice, which is essential for those who want to teach.


Course Structure

The course will run on Tuesday evenings from 2 May 2017 until 27 June 2017 with a one-week break after Week 4 (30 May 2017).



The programme teachers are Dr Emma Carroll and Dr Michele Kavanagh both of whom have been practicing mindfulness and teaching mindfulness based interventions for over 10 years.  They both trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and adhere to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses.  They recently hosted the ASPIRE Project which reviews the  Accessibility and implementation in UK services of an effective depression relapse prevention programme: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (click here for details). 


Emma is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and works within the Staff Wellbeing for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.  She has previously run staff wellbeing groups within the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.  Michele is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and works with trauma affected children and families within the independent sector.  She also is Assistant Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  Both Emma and Michele have a wealth of experience in individual and group intervention.  They have been teaching mindfulness to a variety of groups for over 5 years and recently supported a publication on some local innovations in this area. 


Black, P. (2016) NHS Staff members' experiences of participating in an eight-week mindfulness programme: A service evaluation of a pilot programme, Clinical Psychology Forum, no 288, p. 11-16.



You will need to wear loose fitting clothes and bring warm socks along with a cushion, mat and blanket.  Water and refreshments will be available throughout the course. 


When you have registered an interest in this course you will be sent a link to an application form to assist your teachers in understanding your level of experience. Occasionally it is necessary for the teacher to contact you in advance of course commencement to discuss any information you may have provided.

By providing the below information and submitting the registration you agree for the teacher to store your information on their secure system and share it with the necessary teaching team members to both administer and deliver the required training.

To register your interest please contact;

Sarah Hurson at or on 028 9097 4028

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