Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has a promising evidence base for a wide range of physical, emotional and mental health problems and is recommended as a treatment for depression in NICE Guidelines (2004, 2009). Despite this, it remains difficult for many people to access in the UK.
Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness (NCM) has been providing MBCT to people accessing our clinical services since 2007. We now have 35 MBCT teachers offering this intervention in a wide range of clinical settings.
Since 2009, NCM has also provided training for people working both in clinical services and with the public. We are committed to increasing availability of MBCT through the delivery of high-quality training and supervision of MBCT teachers, so that as many people as possible benefit from this intervention. Graduates of our Foundation Training in MBCT are now running groups across the East Midlands and the UK.
In addition to training and delivery of MBCT in healthcare services NCM also provides training for people wishing to teach mindfulness to the public in non-clinical settings, including the workplace, education and in the leisure industry.
NCM also provides mindfulness drop ins, workshops and courses to healthcare staff as part of initiatives to increase wellbeing, resilience and stress management in the workplace.
Training and delivery of MBCT occurs within a framework of consistent evaluation in order to ensure this is delivered within an ethical framework, in which participants receive a form of MBCT that is as helpful as it can be.
Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness is a member organisation of the ‘British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA)’. For details about this organisation visit www.bamba.org.uk
The Mission of NCM is to make mindfulness as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. Through teaching, training and research we aim to share the life-enhancing benefits arising from mindfulness with integrity, innovation and passion. Supporting individuals, communities and organisations to maximise health and wellbeing through the development of greater levels of awareness, self-compassion, generosity and kindness.