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Autumn Application Deadline: Our aim is to foster a community of practitioners with the expertise to deliver high quality MBCT, and to contribute to the development and dissemination of this innovative approach to mental and physical healthcare.
Successful completion of the course leads to an award of a Master of Studies by the University of Oxford. Oxford has been internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in cognitive therapy CT research, treatment development and dissemination for nearly 20 years. It has an unusually rich concentration of acknowledged experts in CT and a first class reputation for providing high quality training courses and clinical supervision.
A growing team of Oxford clinicians and researchers now specialise in MBCT, and have Masters dissertation aims and objectives developed and delivered a range of MBCT training events, including workshops, masterclasses, residential training retreats, a foundational training course, and a Master of Studies degree course.
It integrates elements of cognitive therapy with intensive practice of mindfulness meditation, with the aim of helping people to relate differently to pain and distress. Randomised clinical trials support its efficacy in preventing relapse in people who have experienced repeated episodes of depression, and MBCT is recommended in the guidelines of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence NICE as a cost-effective treatment of choice for this increasingly common problem.
Because its central principles are transdiagnostic, MBCT holds promise as a helpful intervention in a wide range of settings and with a broad range of problem areas, both physical and emotional.
Preliminary research suggests that mindfulness-based approaches can be helpful to patients with problems as diverse as chronic pain, psoriasis, cancer, health anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, generalised anxiety disorder, psychosis and bipolar disorder where there is a history of suicidal thoughts or behaviour.
MBCT has attracted a great deal of interest within the mental health and behavioural medicine communities. However opportunities to extend preliminary learning and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for becoming an effective teacher are more limited.
This means that practitioners wishing to use the approach with their clients may have some difficulty in accessing appropriate training and supervision. The Oxford course is designed to address this need. It offers an opportunity for in-depth learning, and aims to create a body of clinicians with the knowledge and skills they require in order to teach, develop and disseminate MBCT effectively.
Programme details The course is taught, part-time, over two years, and is organised in nine three or four-day teaching blocks held in Oxford and three residential training retreats four days and seven days in Year I and seven days in Year II. In addition to the taught component, students will need to set aside hours per week for private study, personal practice the meditations which are central to the MBCT programme, and completion of written assignments.
Participants on courses with similar demands confirm that this time is crucial to completing the course successfully.
On successful completion of the taught components of the course and associated assignments, the award of the Master's degree is made by the University of Oxford, under the aegis of its Continuing Education Board. Course Content The course addresses the theoretical basis of MBCT, including relevant aspects of cognitive and clinical psychology, as well as aspects of Buddhist psychology and philosophy on which MBCT draws.
It also provides opportunities for students to develop the practical skills they need in order to translate knowledge and understanding into competent MBCT practice, that is, students are expected to develop for themselves the understanding and skills they will be teaching to their course participants.
This is analogous to the requirement for experience of personal therapy in the education of psychodynamic psychotherapists. The course covers four main topic areas: Course Aims The aims of the course are: To provide qualified clinicians with an understanding of theory and research and with practical experience, so that they can apply MBCT competently and effectively in clinical and other appropriate healthcare and educational settings To cultivate a body of practitioners trained to disseminate the approach, and educated to contribute creatively to further developments in the field.
Course Objectives The Master of Studies seeks to enable participants to: Assignments are evaluated by internal assessors and examiners.
Essays In Year I, appreciation of theory, research and clinical literature are assessed through two 4, word essays. Reflective Analysis Also in Year I, the development of students' mindfulness meditation practice and their reflective capacity are assessed through a written reflective analysis, relating personal experience to theory, research and clinical principle.
Dissertation In Year II, students are required to complete a 10, word dissertation on a topic chosen by themselves and approved by the Course Director and Course Committee. The dissertation should demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of theory, research and clinical principle in an area they find of particular interest, and relating these to the practice to MBCT.
Course tutors will provide supervision and guidance in dissertation development, both one-to-one and in small group seminars. MBCT Project Also in Year II, the capacity to apply theoretical and research knowledge and clinical principle in practice is assessed through a written project of 4, words, describing the design, delivery and evaluation of a course of MBCT classes in an appropriate clinical setting, and in a problem area with which they are familiar.
This includes producing appropriate written handouts, etc.
Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings. Teaching methods Teaching is mostly highly interactive and experiential.
We envisage the following format for blocks in each year. Year I The course will take full advantage of local expertise in MBCT, as well as inviting contributions from outside researchers and clinicians with experience at the cutting edge of MBCT development. All those who have leading roles in the design and organisation of the course, and in supervision and training, have experience in the development and practice of MBCT and in related training and research.
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