Training with the Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness



Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness (NCM) provides a one-year, part-time course as a foundation for teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

The Foundation Course aims to develop skills in delivering MBCT to those working in clinical and non-clinical settings, and is designed to meet some of the key requirements for teaching mindfulness approaches identified within the UK ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses'. NCM has run six foundation courses since 2010, and graduates of these are running MBCT groups across the UK.


Training to teach with Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness


Teaching MBCT requires an in-depth understanding of the experience of engaging in mindfulness meditation. It is therefore essential that teachers develop a regular and committed mindfulness practice and training begins by undertaking the 8 week MBCT course as a participant, including engagement in all homework tasks within this. This experiential approach to training is continued throughout the foundation course, which consists of 3 phases, as outlined below: 

Phase 1: Introduction to theory and key research underpinning the use of MBCT.
8 week MBCT course including a day of silent practice

Phase 2: Deepening personal mindfulness practice.
Origins and Buddhist context of mindfulness approaches
Cognitive therapy underpinnings of MBCT

Phase 3: Developing teaching skills. Teaching MBCT workshops focusing on leading mindfulness and cognitive therapy exercises

Individual sessions with a trainer will additionally be provided focusing on the development of mindfulness practice and MBCT teaching skills.


Dates of training sessions 


Phase 1 of training
Date Training Venue
Thursday 29 March 2018  Introduction to MBCT - Background and theory NFFC
Friday 20 April 2018 MBCT: Sessions 1 and 2 NFFC
Friday 4 May 2018 MBCT: Sessions 3 and 4 NFFC
Friday 18 May 2018 MBCT: Sessions 5 and 6NFFC  
Monday 4 June 2018 Day of silent practice  Hexgreave Hall 
Friday 15 June 2018 MBCT: Sessions 7 and 8 NFFC


Phase 2 of training
Date Training Venue 
Friday 22 June 2018 Workshop: Buddhist Foundations of MBCT NFFC
Friday 29 June 2018 Workshop: Cognitive Therapy Foundations of MBCT NFFC
Wednesday 4 July 2018 Day 1 of silent mindfulness practice Hexgreave Hall  
Thursday 5 July 2018 Day 2 of silent mindfulness practice Hexgreave Hall     
Friday 6 July 2018 Day 3 of silent mindfulness practice Hexgreave Hall  


Phase 3 of training
Date Training Venue
Thursday 13 September 2018 Teach back session: pairs/small groups NFFC 
Friday 14 September 2018 Leading enquiries/group work NFFC  
Friday 28 September 2018 Teachbacks in 2 groups: MBCT sessions 1 & 2 NFFC  
Friday 12 October 2018

Teachbacks in 2 groups: MBCT sessions 3 & 4

Friday 26 October 2018

Teachbacks in 2 groups: MBCT sessions 5 & 6

Friday 9 November 2018

Teachbacks in 2 groups: MBCT sessions 7 & 8 

Friday 18 January 2019 Assessing suitability for MBCT and adaptations/afternoon of presentations NFFC
Friday 15 February 2019 Morning of presentations/closing the year NFFC


Training information leaflet [pdf] 178KB


Training venues

Nottingham Forest Football Club
The City Ground


Hexgreave Hall Estate & Business Park
Hexgreave Hall
NG22 8LS


The cost

The cost of the course is £2,650 


Foundation Programme trainers


Dr Tim Sweeney

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Tim Sweeney is a mental health nurse and accredited CBT therapist, completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 2006. He is an experienced MBCT teacher and trainer and is employed in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as the clinical lead for MBCT. This post involves coordinating and delivering training and supervision of MBCT to IAPT and Secondary Care staff, who work with people experiencing a diverse range of health problems.

Tim has run MBCT groups in primary care and specialist mental health services since 2008 for people with depression and other mental health problems. He has conducted research into the relationship between mindfulness and depression with the University of Nottingham and is an associate teacher & trainer with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He has extensive experience of MBCT training and supervision both in the UK and internationally.


Sonia Moratto

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Sonia is an Occupational Therapist with extensive mental health experience. She currently works within Nottinghamshire NHS Trust as a ‘Mindfulness-based Advanced Practitioner'. She gained a Master's degree in ‘Teaching Mindfulness- based Approaches' at Bangor University.

Sonia has taught MBCT in secondary mental healthcare, since 2007. She is a trainer within the Trust's MBCT Supervised Pathway. She provides ongoing supervision for trainees as they move towards bringing mindfulness into their own personal and professional lives, with all that this entails.

Sonia maintains regular contact with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.


Jake Dartington

Jake Dartington Jake Dartington has been practising meditation since 1995 and completed a three-year training to lead retreats with Christina Feldman.

Since 2007, he has led silent retreats at Gaia House, where he is a member of the Teacher Council. He has also trained to teach MBSR and MBCT with Bangor University (TTR 1 and 2).

Jake is a retreat leader with the UK Network of Mindfulness teachers and also teaches with Bodhi College, London Insight Meditation and other organisations throughout the UK. Since 2012, he has taught eight-week mindfulness courses for the general public in Nottingham and has also led training in a range of organisations.

A former college teacher, Jake has Masters degrees in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies. 

Ruth Crichlow

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Ruth Crichlow is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist working in Notts Healthcare IAPT service. She has a background in mental health nursing and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 2009.

Ruth's interest in mindfulness was first sparked whilst working at the Nottinghamshire Personality Disorder and Development Network. Following training in teaching MBCT with Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Ruth has led MBCT classes for individuals with recurrent depression.

Ruth has recently taught MBCT classes for clinical staff working in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in Nottinghamshire, and is currently delivering training in MBCT to colleagues in the East Midlands.




Contact us

For further information or to apply for the training please contact:

Joanne Lee, MBCT team secretary or
Tim Sweeney, MBCT Clinical Lead
Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness
St. Ann's House
114 Thorneywood Mount

Telephone: 0115 8440535 

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