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Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches

Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches

Mindfulness Courses
6th Oct 2019
Duration | Two Years
Fee | €850 per year

Commencing October 2019

Dates: Sundays, 6 October, 3 November, 8 December 2019 and 12 January, 9 February

Dates: 8 March, 5 April, 10 May, 14 June, 5 July, 9 August, 13 September 2020

Times: From 10am to 5pm

Duration: 2 years, part-time

€850 per year

Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP

The Mindfulness Foundation is a project of the Mindfulness Clinic and is committed to integrating Mindfulness-Based Approaches in mental health, education and community. This two-year Diploma is a comprehensive, professional, affordable training and supervision pathway to teach eight-week programmes such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

One Sunday per month over 24 months and two residential retreats (August, 2019/2020). Total training 275 hours. Fee €850 per year, total training fee €1700.

“The Diploma in Mindfulness is an interesting and challenging course as there is a lot of experiential as well as theoretical learning. The commitment and professionalism of the facilitator is second to none. The training days and retreats are organised to an extremely high standard. I felt encouraged and supported throughout the two years of the course and I have no hesitation in recommending this course to others.” Psychotherapist and Guidance Counsellor, June 2017

Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches

Learn to teach mindfulness-based interventions such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) in clinical or educational settings.

The training will be interactive, experiential, collaborative, and will draw on a model of participatory development, blended learning, research, practice and skills. An important part of the course is that trainees develop a daily personal mindfulness practice and organise placements in community, voluntary, charitable or NGO settings.

The programme seeks to meet the needs of experienced mental health professionals from a variety of settings who aim to enhance their practice and extend their professionalism to include the highest standards of teaching, dissemination and evaluation of mindfulness-based interventions.

Participants will attend 24 monthly practice and teaching days (6 hours per month) and will attend a training retreat (5 days, Year 1) and a mindfulness silent residential retreat (5 days, Year 2).

The cost of the training is €850 per year but does not include the cost of accommodation/food for the residential retreats (retreat costs full board approximately €60 euro per day). Total practice and teaching: 275 hours, total cost of tuition is €1,700 Euro. The Mindfulness Foundation is committed to the practice of dana (generosity), community and research.


Prerequisites for application includes: previous participation on an eight-week mindfulness training MBSR or MBCT (recommended) a minimum of one year personal practice (recommended) a qualification in psychotherapy, psychology, or mental health, full accreditation with professional body such as IAHIP, IACP or PSI (essential) and placement in a voluntary, charitable or community setting (desirable).

Course Requirements

This training is in line with established Mindfulness training standards and participants are required to develop a personal practice, teach an eight-week mindfulness group, submit video recordings, reflective essay, assignments, presentations, and attend regular supervision/peer supervision. Mentorship is recommended with a qualified mindfulness teacher.

Supervision is included in this training as part of the supervision pathway in developing skills and maintaining best practice in teaching of mindfulness-based approaches.

Training culminates in teacher assessment, using the Mindfulness-Based Interventions-Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC). Graduates will receive a Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from The Mindfulness Foundation Ireland.

Lead Trainer: The lead trainer/facilitator on this training is Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP and the group will be supported by a team of qualified mindfulness teachers who will teach core elements of this course. Participants are advised to explore other training pathways which are included on www.mindfulnessclinic.ie

Fees: There is no application or interview fee. Successful applicants are required to pay a booking deposit of €450 on securing a place on the training and the balance before 1 October, 2019. The full cost of the training is €1700 but does not include accommodation/food for residential retreats. Progression to Year II is via interview and discussion including reflexive practice, skills development and personal readiness to facilitate groups in Mindfulness-Based Approaches.

Dates: Sundays, 6 October, 3 November, 8 December 2019 and 12 January, 9 February, 8 March, 5 April, 10 May, 14 June, 5 July, 9 August, 13 September 2020

Times: 10am to 5pm


There is currently no statutory registration required to teach or facilitate mindfulness-based interventions such as MBSR and MBCT, however, a qualification in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches is required with regular supervision, peer supervision and retreat attendance.

The Mindfulness Foundation observes the Guidelines for Training Teachers to deliver MBCT and MBSR by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Trainers’ and the Principles and Standards for Training Teachers to Deliver MBSR developed by the Centre for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts. Protocol adherence of MBCT and MBSR approaches is strictly followed.

The Mindfulness Foundation aims to foster a community of practitioners with the expertise to facilitate mindfulness-based programmes in clinical settings within the NGO, community and voluntary settings.

The Mindfulness Foundation is a social enterprise model based on participatory development, collaboration, research and practice.
We aim to pioneer a new and sustainable model of community-based learning and mental health by making Mindfulness-Based Approaches (MBAs) accessible and affordable in voluntary and charitable settings.

The course covers five main topic areas:

  1. Practice including the development of personal experience of mindfulness, the capacity to relate this experience to theory and research, and the skills needed to instruct clients in MBCT/MBSR, drawing on relevant theory, research and clinical literature. The two-year training is experiential and practice-based and a large component of the training is practice and learning to lead meditations and group inquiry.
  2. Theory, including: relevant cognitive science attention, psychology, psychotherapy and a solid understanding of the Buddhist foundations to mindfulness and compassion. Clinical theory will include exploration of the maintenance of emotional disorders and the underlying principles of MBSR and MBSR.
  3. Research related to the ongoing development of MBCT/MBSR, and investigating the areas of theory outlined above and the adherence of MBCT/MBSR protocol and research instruments for assessing and measuring mindfulness.
  4. Clinical applications in a range of problem areas, for example, depression, anxiety, stress, and pain. Theory will include inclusion and exclusion and assessment criteria for suitable participants to join eight-week courses.
  5. Community and collaborative learning is an important part of the group process and the group are encouraged to lead practices, attend peer supervision and contribute to the overall teaching through presentations, participation and blended learning. The collaborative and community-based approach is emphasised through the contribution, participation and sharing of mindfulness in charitable and voluntary organisations. Participants deliver an eight-week course in a professional/voluntary setting in Year II.


The Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches allowed me access to a full spectrum of my conscious and unconscious possibilities. The possibility felt like a new beginning and opportunity on my life journey and that excited me. The insights, challenges, learning and observations during training allowed me to have a greater understanding of self. This in turn allowed me to be met as a person. The teacher of this training embodied the essence of mindfulness practice and how it is sealed in heartfulness, compassion, acceptance, and generosity. IACP Psychotherapist, June 2017

As this life-changing course comes to an end, I still thank my lucky stars that I signed up. The facilitator is a special teacher – the encouragement he gives and the very high standard of everything he does is unique. Observing the huge development in myself and the other participants on the course has been a privilege. The teaching and learning was seamless and at all times enshrined the values of mindfulness. This wonderful course is led in a spirit of generosity, co-operation, and loving kindness – the essence of mindfulness. Psychotherapist and Guidance Counsellor, June, 2017

I have thoroughly enjoyed and embraced the formal and informal mindfulness practices I learned during the last two years training in the Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches Diploma course. The teacher’s excellent facilitation skills have taught, guided and supported me throughout the programme. As a teacher and facilitator, Gerry embodies mindfulness personally and professionally. He brings presence, compassion, kindness and excellent facilitation, teaching, and supervision in his delivery of this Diploma. I wish to express my personal gratitude for the two years of mindfulness training, workshops, and retreats which have all helped me to develop personally and professionally. With a new-found self-confidence, I now ring the “mindfulness bell” daily in my home with my clients in my psychotherapy practice and recently in teaching the MBSR and MBCT programmes in my local community. The facilitator’s supportive communication and supervision has encouraged me throughout this training programme. Psychotherapist June, 2017

Further Information

Website: www.mindfulnessfoundation.ie
Address: The Mindfulness Foundation, The Mindfulness Clinic, 10 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: 087-7989301 E: info@mindfulnessfoundation.ie

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"It has greatly exceeded my expectations having done mindfulness before. I feel that anything I was doing before is now completely strengthened and improved by this experience. It was a pleasure to be a part of this course and I am accrediting the course to my contentment and improving happiness"

"A wonderful course, really gained a thorough knowledge of how mindfulness works. A life-changing experience for me, definitely recommend this course"

"This course was much more than I ever expected… I would rate it as the most enriching, the most educational and the most wholly encompassing of my career in psychology and therapy to date"

Counselling Psychologist
"I was a bit sceptical about the whole thing coming into the course but I was so wrong. I have been so lucky to experience this at such a young age and have learned skills that I will take with me for life. Overall life-changing experience"

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Contact Details

Mindfulness Clinic
10 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
087 7989 301