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Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion (IMC) Qualification - 2022 course


This is a ground-breaking course, designed and developed by Karen Atkinson, Senior Partner of MindfulnessUK and run in partnership with The Sharpham Trust. 

MindfulnessUK's Karen Atkinson and Angie Ward tell you what you'll learn when you enrol on this course:


This part-time course

  • is a 200-hour Level 4 tailor-made qualification accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
  • consists of a 6-night intensive residential (36 hours of face-to-face teaching) and a further 164 hours of directed learning hours
  • can be completed within a minimum of 9 months if the learner meets the prerequisites for the training (listed below under the heading Prerequisites).
     

Learn to teach mindfulness with self-compassion


The course is for anyone who would like to include Mindfulness and Compassion in their working lives. People who attend the course come from a wide range of backgrounds and from every sector.
MindfulnessUK at The Sharpham Trust

The course is for you if:

  • You have experienced the benefits and transformative effects of mindfulness and compassion yourself and feel drawn to passing this learning to others
  • You feel like starting a new career path or enhancing your existing work to improve the lives of others further
  • You would like to learn tried and tested tools and an approach which will enable you to incorporate mindfulness and compassion into your work and everyday life.
  • Meet the prerequisite listed below:

Prerequisites

Applicants must have all 3 pre-requisites

  • Experience of mindfulness either through your own learning and experience and/or having completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course or similar either live, with a teacher and as part of a group or as E-learning.  We also accept Palouse mindfulness training.
  • Achievement of Level 3 or higher qualification, in any subject.
  • A sustained mindful meditation practice over a minimum of 6 months.

If you are unsure if you meet the prerequisite or would like to book an 8-week course, click here to learn about Sharpham's 8-week course (a synthesis of MBSR and MBCT) or contact [email protected] as MindfulnessUK offer an MBSR course.


Who developed this course?


The course has been designed and developed by Karen Atkinson of MindfulnessUK. MindfulnessUK and The Sharpham Trust

Karen is the author of the book Compassionate Mindful Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice, A Practical Guide for Mindfulness Teachers, Yoga Teachers and Allied Health Professionals.

Karen’s passion for making mindfulness and compassion accessible for everyone fuelled her to write this qualification. Through years of clinical work, she could see the benefits of teaching Mindfulness and Compassion together.

Says Karen: “Teaching mindfulness alone has many benefits, including bringing an awareness to our stress and related patterns and behaviours. However, teaching compassion alongside it is so powerful. It enables clients to soften around their experiences, be kind to themselves, learn new and sustainable ways to look after themselves and improve relationships and wellbeing”.

Click here or below for a prospectus and to find out more about the qualification.

MindfulnessUK prospectus for the IMC qualification as a PDF

Course content & structure


This practical course teaches students about the considerations and applications to work with mindfulness in a compassionate way. Learners will be given articles, books and internet resources and there will be assessments and assignments throughout the training.

Karen Atkinson of MindfulnessUK at the blackboardThis Level 4 course is accredited via the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). On successful completion of the course, students will be qualified to offer compassion and mindfulness practices with their clients, in groups or on a 1-1 basis. The course can be taken as part of continuing professional development or as a standalone course, gaining a professional qualification to teach others. 

The course comprises 200 learning hours, 36 of which are face-to-face teaching days during the intensive residential at beautiful Sharpham House in South Devon and online via Zoom with the tutors. The other 164 hours involve self-directed study. These additional hours begin prior to the residential and up to the final submission date for assignments in June 2023.

To gain this accredited qualification, students must attend all teaching sessions and pass each of the assessment criteria contained within the eight learning outcomes below to Level 4 standard.

Students are assessed in the following ways:

In-class assessment – competency is assessed through observation of students teaching their peers in pairs and small groups.  All in class assessments will take place during the residential part of the retreat.

Self-directed study assignments – Competency is assessed via students' written assignments and all are completed sequentially after the residential with submission dates timetabled throughout September 2022 to June 2023.

Learning Outcome Number Learning Outcome (LO) Title
01

Use mindfulness and compassion skills for personal development
Written assignment only

02

Understand how mindfulness practice affects health and wellbeing
Written assignment only

03

Teach mindfulness skills and practices (theory)
Written assignment & in class assessment

04

Understand the key therapeutic elements of mindfulness and suffering 
All in class assessment

05

Understand the therapeutic qualities of self-compassion and compassion to others’ practices
Written assignment & in class assessment

06

Explain to clients how mindfulness and compassion can enhance their relationships with others
Written assignment only

07

Understand the application of relevant neuroscience to teaching mindfulness and compassion practices
Written assignment & in class assessment

08

Continue to develop professionally
Written assignment only

 

Further information will be supplied on registration and at the beginning of the course you will be given a comprehensive student course handbook, giving details of the course content, a reading list and further information relating to the course.
 

Dates


The course commences from 7 to 9pm on Monday 5 September 2022 online via Zoom with a
warm welcome, introductions and orientation.

The residential retreat in Sharpham House takes place from Monday 19 September (arrival between 3pm & 4pm) to Sunday 25 September 2022 (departure by 11.30am). 

Before registering, students need to ensure they are definitely available for these dates. 

Students will receive a timetable with submission & assessment return date for each self-directed study assignment and will be invited to regular tutorials online with the tutors for Q & As until the final submission date on 4 June 2023.

Internal Moderation, Internal Verification and External Verification Awarding Body Processes will take place between July and August 2023, after which the Awarding Body sends out Certification.


Course leaders:

Karen Atkinson of MindfulnessUKKaren Atkinson is a Senior Partner and co-founder of MindfulnessUK, former Convenor 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 quickly deepened her own understanding and mindfulness practice beginning to teach others over 20 years ago. She is an extremely experienced, well-trained mindfulness teacher with a warm, intuitive, friendly and professional manner who is highly respected in her field.

Angie Ward of MindfulnessUKAngie Ward works closely with Karen Atkinson and the team at MindfulnessUK where she is Head of Teacher Training.

Angie teaches and assesses the Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion (IMC) Qualification, is a listed Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programme teacher, leads the Train the Trainer programme for MindfulnessUK Associate Tutors, supervises mindfulness teachers, delivers masterclasses for mindfulness teachers and leads the work with organisations that teach and support children and young people.

Click the Leaders tab above for more information about Karen and Angie.

 

Course structure & dates

The course commences from 7 to 9pm on Monday 5 September 2022 online via Zoom with a
warm welcome, introductions and orientation.

The residential retreat in Sharpham House takes place from Monday 19 September (arrival between 3pm & 4pm) to Sunday 25 September 2022 (departure by 11.30am). 

Before registering, students need to ensure they are definitely available for these dates. 

Students will receive a timetable with submission & assessment return date for each self-directed study assignment and will be invited to regular tutorials online with the tutors for Q & As until the final submission date on 4 June 2023.

Internal Moderation, Internal Verification and External Verification Awarding Body Processes will take place between July and August 2023, after which the Awarding Body sends out Certification.

Please note - if the residential retreat is unable to take place at Sharpham House due to government guidelines surrounding covid, the retreat will take place online.

I have just received my certificate from the Awarding Body. What a transformative, professionally-delivered teacher training course that has given me a qualification in mindfulness and compassion to empower others to change too! Thank you to all at MindfulnessUK
                          - Julie, 2018

 

I found it invaluable! Particularly in terms of the work I offer to my clients. The course gave me the tools and skills to weave mindfulness and compassion into my work; to teach these qualities 1:1; and to set up courses that allowed people to build these skills into their everyday lives
                          - Angela, 2018

The intensive residential part of this course will take place in the beautiful and historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House set in a Capability Brown-designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply-wooded River Dart.

Click here for our How to Find Us page on this website.

Click here to view, print or download directions and a map to Sharpham House

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Aerial shot of Sharpham House

Room allocation will be reflective of Government guidelines at the time of the residential itself.  Therefore, some accommodation will be shared if guidance permits it. 

There are a limited number of single and /or ensuite rooms available, and priority is given to the elderly or people with medical conditions. Please contact the Programme Administrator if you need to request a single or ensuite room and we will do our best to accommodate you. 


We are 3 miles from Totnes – famous for its Transition Town movement

We are in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Sustainability

We take sustainability seriously.

All of the hot water and heating in the House is produced by a state-of-the-art biomass woodchip boiler and we have 2 large photo-voltaic solar panel arrays on barn rooftops.

Eco-gardens at Sharpham

Our gardens are managed organically and we only use bio-degradable cleaning products.

Course FeesMindfulnessUK and The Sharpham Trust

This course costs £2,495 (early-bird price of £2,395 to 28 February 2022) and this includes registration with the CPCAB awarding body, all teaching, assessing, verification and certificates, course notes, student handbook, food, accommodation and refreshments. If the residential retreat is unable to take place at Sharpham House due to government guidelines surrounding covid, the retreat will take place online (see Ts&Cs below for full details).

On booking students will be sent confirmation of payment and a link to a confidential application form which includes information to confirm your eligibility for the course. Please note that you place is not confirmed until this has been completed. 

We recognise that the course fee represents a significant investment, therefore the course fees can either be paid in full on booking the course, or spread over 3 separate payments as follows:


Early Bird (to 28 February 2022)


40% payable on booking = (£958.00)

30% payable 4 months before the start date of the course 5 May 2022 = (£718.50)

30% 1 month before the course begins 5 August 2022 = (£718.50)
 

Full Price


40% payable on booking = (£998.00)

30% payable 2 months before the start date of the course 5 July 2022 = (£748.50)

30% 1 month before the course begins 5 August 2022 = (£748.50)

We also ask that learners purchase up to four Mindfulness and Compassion books to support their studies.

We want to ensure the course is as accessible as possible, so if the payment schedule above is not viable for you it may be possible to arrange a bespoke payment plan. Please contact our Programme Administrator on [email protected] or 01803 732542 if you wish to explore this option.

The course involves a significant commitment financially and students need to be sure they want to undertake the training. Please see also our cancellation policy below.


Cancellation


Cancellation more than 6 months before the course start date – full refund less a £15 admin fee.

Cancellation between 1 - 6 months before the course start date - loss of 40% of the total cost of the fee, plus £15 admin fee.

Cancellation less than 1 month before the course start date - liable for the full fee unless we are able to re-sell the space in which case loss of 40% of the total cost plus £15 admin fee.

Travel to Sharpham House is not included in the price.

If we have to cancel the residential retreat at Sharpham House due to government guidelines surrounding covid the retreat will take place online. In this instance there will be a partial refund of £420 for the accommodation and food/refreshments.

Karen Atkinson

Karen Atkinson

Karen is the Senior Partner  and co-founder of MindfulnessUK, former Convenor 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.

Having spent her childhood in Australia, she moved to the UK and gained a Degree in Nursing Studies and RGN in London. Her interest in additional therapies started very early in her career as she witnessed first-hand the impact a holistic approach has on well-being and the happiness of patients and clients.

Always practical and action focused Karen has been teaching mindful movement and meditation for 30 years, having trained in a variety of ways, including a course with Breathworks, and is a member of the British Wheel of Yoga.

Karen quickly deepened her own understanding and Mindfulness practice beginning to teach others over 20 years ago. She is an extremely experienced, well-trained Mindfulness teacher with a warm, intuitive, friendly and professional manner who is highly respected in her field.

Karen is a valued member of the teaching faculty at YogaCampus in London, has published many articles on Mindfulness and is the author of her  book entitled "Compassionate Mindful Inquiry". 

Her own practical dedication and belief in a mindful approach to life played a large part in her recovery when she faced cancer, soon after setting up MindfulnessUK. She embeds mindful practice into her everyday life and fulfils the Good Practice Guidelines.

Bringing this enhanced enjoyment of life to as many people as possible is the mission she has set for her company. She has taught over 90 of the Gold Standard 8-week MBSR programme so far and is now offering this Teacher Training programme too.

However it is fair to say that she takes the greatest pride in having used her unique position to develop and deliver this ground-breaking qualification, the first of its’ kind in the market. The Level 4 Certificate “Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice” enables others to offer these transformative practices and skills to either individuals or groups. This enables effective Mindfulness practices to be more widely enjoyed and supports the MindfulnessUK goal to bring about enhanced joy and ease to others.


Angie Ward

Angie Ward

works closely with Karen Atkinson and the team at MindfulnessUK where she is Head of Teacher Training. Angie teaches and assesses the Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion (IMC) qualification, is a listed Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programme teacher, leads the Train the Trainer programme for MindfulnessUK Associate Tutors, supervises Mindfulness teachers, delivers masterclasses for Mindfulness teachers and leads the work with organisations that teach and support children and young people.

Angie’s passion for the benefits of Mindfulness and Compassion continues to grow and she is enjoying utilising the Compassionate Mindful Inquiry Model that Karen Atkinson has developed to enable effective training of many more professionals.


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