Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Conversion Course

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Karen Atkinson

Co-Founder and Senior Partner

What is the MBSR Teacher Training Conversion Course?

If you are a qualified mindfulness teacher join this shorter conversion to MBSRTT course.

If you have trained to teach Mindfulness with another organisation, or completed our Integrated Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification you can join the  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Conversion Course and enjoy face-to-face teaching hours in our virtual classroom.

You need to have completed the 8-week MBSR course in a group setting, either in a virtual classroom or in a venue.  If you are yet to complete the MBSR then please click here to join our next course.  Please do not proceed with enrolment unless you have completed this course.

Conversion to MBSRTT

  • For those with prior learning, including the IMC, continue your training with a conversion course.
  • Join a shortened course, and complete further mandatory requirements.
  • Become a listed and registered Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher.

This course includes:

By recognising prior learning, the face-to-face training commitment is shorter, but the rest of the training pathway has the same additional elements as the full MBSRTT course.

Teach two supervised 8-week MBSR courses.

 - Deliver two courses with group, remotely supervised by one of the MindfulnessUK team.

Attend a Process of Inquiry Masterclass.

- Gain an understanding of the framework to guide inquiry and the Iceberg Model.

Attend Silent Meditation Retreats, totalling 5 days throughout the year.

 - Give yourself the time and space to explore, go deeper and rest.

Create a portfolio

- Evidence completion of all required elements of the pathway.

Log your personal practice and self-inquiry of the core MBSR meditations.

Meet the team

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Karen Atkinson

Karen is the Co-founder and Senior Partner of MindfulnessUK, an author, a trustee of the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA), a teacher and trainer of mindfulness and compassion skills and practices, and a Bangor trained supervisor of mindfulness teachers. Karen has been teaching mindful movement and meditation for over 30 years, and recently published ‘Compassionate Mindful Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice’.  It is fair to say that she takes the greatest pride in having used her unique position to develop the Integrated Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification, a ground-breaking qualification and the first of its kind in the market. As a highly respected, extremely experienced, and well-trained mindfulness teacher with a warm, intuitive, friendly, and professional manner, Karen’s mission is to bring this enhanced enjoyment of life to as many people as possible.


Stephanie Unthank

Stephanie is a qualified and registered mindfulness teacher, a director of MindfulnessUK At Work and a director of the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA). With an initial career in the corporate banking sector, in a variety of managerial roles, Stephanie has a deep understanding of the benefits of wellness in both body and mind.  Leading all training of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Stephanie also has leadership and change management expertise, and is an advocate of sustainable cultural change. Stephanie is a positive and enthusiastic teacher and has a very approachable and insightful manner, always creating a warm and welcome environment for all her students to learn and supports employee wellness.

Don't just take our word for it...

To help you decide whether this is the right course for you take a look at our frequently asked questions for more information.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who fulfils the pre-requisites and wishes to teach the 8-week MBSR course. To apply for the MBSRTT Conversion course you must have either completed the IMC teacher training or another regulated mindfulness teacher training course first.

What are the prerequisites for the course?

You need to have attended the 8- week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and have your own personal mindfulness practice of at least 6 months to apply for this course. We are happy to discuss whether there is a need for this 6-month post-MBSR course period if you already have a long-term mindfulness meditation practice.

How long is the course? Is this course quicker than doing the full MBSRTT course?

The MBSRTT Conversion course is half of the teaching hours but students must complete all the other elements as per the full course.  The whole CPD pathway takes 12 months or more in total.

What does the total cost cover?

The cost covers face to face teaching within your cohort via Zoom. You will receive a student folder that is posted to you and a student handbook, sent electronically. The notes give you all the session programmes, information, teaching tools, poems and exercises to deliver the course in its entirety. You will also be sent the core practice downloads for your own personal use and some pre-reading before the course begins.

Choose your start date

Before joining our next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training course, you need to have completed the 8-week MBSR course in a group setting, either in a virtual classroom or in a venue, and have your own regular mindfulness practice for at least 6 months or more. If you are yet to complete the MBSR then please click here to join our next course.  Please do not proceed with enrolment unless you have completed this course.

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