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Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion (IMC) Qualification

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

This part-time course is a Level 4 Qualification accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). The course consists of a 6-night intensive residential (36 hours of face-to-face teaching) and a further 164 hours of directed learning hours. The course can be completed within a minimum of 6 months if the learner meets the prerequisites for the training.

MindfulnessUK at The Sharpham Trust

Who is the course for?

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.


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.

Students are required to have a completed an 8-week MBSR or MBCT course or have had their own sustained mindfulness practice over the last 6 months. Please tell us about your meditation experience on the registration form.

MindfulnessUK and The Sharpham Trust

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 for a prospectus and to find out more about the work of MindfulnessUK.

MindfulnessUK and The Sharpham Trust

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.

This Level 4 course is accredited via the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). On successful completion of the course, students will be able 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 a 6-night intensive residential at beautiful Sharpham House in South Devon. The other 164 hours involve self-directed study. These additional hours begin one month prior to the residential and 4 months (minimum) afterwards.

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 on 23 March 2021 with some self-directed study & preparation.

The residential retreat in Sharpham House takes place from Friday 23 April to Thursday 29 April 2021. 

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


Course leaders:

Karen Atkinson of MindfulnessUKKaren Atkinson is a Senior Partner and co-founder of MindfulnessUK, 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 on 23 March 2021 with some self-directed study & preparation.

The residential retreat takes place in Sharpham House and runs from Friday 23 April to Thursday 29 April 2021. 

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

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.

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

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Aerial shot of Sharpham House

Accommodation is mainly in shared rooms. There are a limited number of single rooms and 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. We regret we are unable to guarantee a single or ensuite room but will do the 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 £2095 (early-bird price of £1995 until 31 July 2020) and this includes registration with the CPCAB awarding body, all teaching, assessing, verification and certificates, course notes, student handbook, food, accommodation and refreshments. 

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 (until 31 July 2020)

40% payable on booking = (£798.00)

30% payable 4 months before the start date of the course 1 November 2020 = (£598.50)

30% 1 month before the course begins 1 February 2021 = (£598.50)

Full Price

40% payable on booking = (£898.00)

30% payable 4 months before the start date of the course 1 November 2020 = (£628.50)

30% 1 month before the course begins 1 February 2021 = (£628.50)

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.

Karen Atkinson

Karen Atkinson

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