Course Overview

This is a unique and pioneering course which is scientifically validated. It is a blended course starting with an initial 8 week online Programme Access Course, which is then followed by a ten month training programme, which because of the experiential nature of Mindfulness is mainly class-room based.
The course, whilst primarily teaching Mindfulness Based Interventions, also draws upon research evidence from emerging fields within Modern Psychology.
During the course you will learn a unique blend of evidence-based tools and learnings from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). However, contemporary Mindfulness research indicates that the support of tools from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology help mediate the effects of existing negative thinking styles, thus facilitating deeper levels of Mindfulness practice.
Therefore, because of this emerging research all our courses include the necessary Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology learnings to support Mindfulness practice.

Core Course Content:
Students will learn scientifically validated tools and best practices from:
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Positive Psychology
- Contemporary Neuroscience Research

Who Should Apply:
Applications are invited from those with a professional qualification in mental or physical health care, education or social care, or equivalent life experience, in the context within which the teaching will take place.
Those who have a commitment to a daily personal mindfulness practice.

Course Framework:
Stage 1:
Programme Access Course: 10th April 2017 to 4th June 2017
This is an online 8 week program which introduces students to the key concepts that will be taught during the 10 month classroom based course. Assessment will be through online submissions, reflective journalling and participation in an online learning system. A commitment to shared learning and appreciation of Mindfulness in an online environment is a key element at this stage of the course. Successful completion of Stage 1 is essential to proceed to Stage 2 of the course. Total hours - 30 hours.

Stage 2:
Classroom Based Teaching: Commences : 9th September 2017 to June 2018
Venue: Lucan Spa Hotel.
The course runs over 10 weekends from September 2017 to June 2018. Each weekend consists of two teaching days - Saturday and Sunday. Course runs from 10am to 5pm both days. Total teaching hours-140 hours.

Home Based Learnings:
In addition to the taught component, students will need to set aside 7-8 hours per week for home based, online tutor-led and private study. These hours also include time allocated to personal practice of Formal and Informal Mindfulness practices and completion of written assignments. Total hours - 320 hours.
Assessment of competency as a Mindfulness teacher will be based on the industry standard of  Mindfulness-based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria.

How to Apply:
Course application is via online application form and subsequent interview with Course Director, Carmel Farnan. Interviews will be held from January to April 2017.

Course Facilitators and Code of Ethics:
The lead tutor on this course is Carmel Farnan. All trainers at the Mindfulness Academy are Psychologists and Psychotherapists with in excess of twenty years clinical experience, who subsequently undertook training in Mindfulness. All trainers have held personal Mindfulness practices for decades, to read their professional biographies please click HERE. Our trainers have facilitated Mindfulness Training for Professionals internationally since 1999 in Ireland, UK, Canada and UAE. All our trainers are individual members of Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Psychological Society of Ireland or British Psychological Society. Adherence to the ethical codes of British Psychological Society takes precedence throughout this course.

On successful completion of all stages of the course students will be awarded the 'Advanced Teacher Training Certificate in Mindfulness and Modern Psychology'
(Note: the clinical use of MBCT teachings from the course is only permitted by those students who hold a relevant mental health qualification)

Where Can I Teach Post Qualification?:

This course, with its original design provides students with the key skills to build and establish their own in-depth Mindfulness practice. This authenticity allows graduates to, in turn, teach Mindfulness courses in various contexts, including health care, education, community and organisational settings.

Course Fees:

€2,250 (this includes Stage 1 and Stage 2) Staged payments are available.

Earlybird rate: €1,999 if paid prior to 26th March 2017

€500 deposit is payable on acceptance onto the course. This is non-refundable and non-transferable.



There is currently no professional or statutory registration required to teach or facilitate mindfulness-based interventions such as MBSR and MBCT. However, this course totalling 490 hours, exceeds the current recommendation for teacher training of 450 course hours.
All courses at the Irish Mindfulness Academy observe the Guidelines for Training Teachers to deliver MBCT and MBSR by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Trainers.

* Please be aware of the Terms and Conditions when booking a course with the Irish Mindfulness Academy

We reserve the right to reschedule a course in the unlikely event that the need arises.


Testimonials from Previous Professional Training Attendees

Dr John Boyle, Consultant Psychiatrist, Belfast, 3 Day Professional Qualification in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness, Dublin, June 2015.

"I would recommend this course to any Doctor or Mental Health Clinician. You won't regret it."

Vanessa Fletcher, Primary School Safe-Guarding Officer, Liverpool - Professional Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness, June 2016

This course is one of the best I have ever done. It has given me the confidence to share Mindfulness in the workplace ".

Dr Geraldine Houston, G.P. Glasgow - Professional Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness, Oct. 2016.

"This course is what I have been looking for for years. It has been life-changing and I can't recommend it highly enough".

Helen Clark, Professional Qualification in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness Course, Dublin, June 2015

"I would strongly recommend this course to anyone working with people in a therapeutic area. It has given me very useful tools to bring me forward in both my personal life and my career."

Anne Hogarth - Clinical Audiological Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness for Professionals Course, Dublin, September, 2015

"This course was one of the most important 3 days in my career. The delivery and it's conent was excellent and is Life-Changing. I could not offer any improvements. Very highly recommended. Well Done!"

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6th January 2021

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