Mindfulness and Cancer

4 Day Specialist Teacher Training

  • Date

    Will follow soon
  • Time

    From 10.00 - 17. 30 h
  • Teachers

    Trish Bartley and Franca Warmenhoven
  • Location

    Will follow
  • Costs

    € 825,00

This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the particular practices and approach of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca) - and come together with others in the field to explore the rewards and challenges of working with this population.

This is the first time that this training is available outside the UK, where it has run successfully for five years. Key areas of learning include - brief accessible practices; a focus on the wisdom of the body; connecting to the common humanity within the group; special adaptations for people with cancer; and kindness in the face of uncertainty.
This four day specialist teacher training workshop will train you in the values, practice and approach of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca) and will equip you to offer 8 week Mindfulness-Based Programmes in clinical / non clinical settings (depending on your own work background) to people with cancer.

Free audiobook

Here you can listen to an excerpt of an interview with Trish Bartley. Trish Bartley talks about the benefits of practicing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in an effort to live kindly with cancer. She offers an unique insight into the psychological difficulties of being with a life-threatening condition and how best to deal with them.    

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  • The program

    Over the 4 days we will explore the intention, approach and new aspects of the 8 week MBCT-Ca programme – paying particular attention to

    • Ways of adapting the core practices as they are guided for cancer participants
    • The short practices and ‘new’ processes that have been created within MBCT-Ca specifically for this population
    • Ways that we can emphasise and work with kindness and self compassion within the intervention
    • Appreciating the significance of the group
    • Understanding the cognitive model that underpins MBCT-Ca – and the place of the four practice movements of Intention; Coming Back; Turning Towards; and Kindness
    • Exploring the teaching implications of working with this population and how we can support ourselves as teachers in the context of working with cancer.
  • Variety of processes

    The training retreat will use a variety of (mostly experiential) processes including

    • Practice
    • Dialogue and Inquiry – both in peer groups and the large group
    • Discussion and Reflection – in small and large groups
    • Presentation.
  • Requirements

    Requirements to attend the training

    This training is being offered to trained mindfulness-based teachers who have attended their basic level training and have some experience of teaching 8 week courses. These are likely to be health professionals already working in an oncology or cancer support context - or those who wish to do so. This workshop is not suitable for people who primarily wish to explore their own personal experience of cancer - as it is a professional training.

    Required reading

    (to purchase yourself) The programme handbook for teachers: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (2012) – Trish Bartley

  • Trish Bartley

    Trish Bartley Trish Bartley has developed and delivered Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca) to oncology patients for 18 years - and offers 1to1 mindfulness-based support to people with life threatening illness. Trish trains others to teach mindfulness in cancer and other contexts and has written: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (Bartley,2012) – a teacher’s workbook – and Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer (Bartley 2017) a book for people with cancer. Trish teaches on the See True Advanced Teacher Training, and leads mindfulness-based training workshops and retreats in the UK, Europe and South Africa.

  • Franca Warmenhoven

    franca warmenhovenFranca Warmenhoven has experience in clinical health care, working as a medical doctor (general practice). Furthermore, she has been teaching mindfulness since 2007 to various populations, including cancer patients. Throughout her work she has been focusing on integrative care processes including the physical, psychological, social and spiritual domains, especially for those who face serious illness such as cancer or dementia. Franca works as a researcher and medical teacher in the field of palliative care at Maastricht University and as a teacher and trainer with SeeTrue, where she co-developed several programs, including the ‘mindfulness for elderly’ program.

  • Quotes participants

    Quotes from previous participants in MBCT-Ca Teacher Training in the UK

    • Strong sense of community
    • Systematic embedding of the short practices
    • Excellent teaching reminded us of our own self-care
    • The immense value of the very brief practices. I will take them back to the clinic and beyond.
    • Teach back sessions were insightful and inspiring
    • Surprising how much was covered without feeling rushed
    • The poignant and potentially painful aspects of the training were held with aliveness, humour and profound compassion
    • Probably the best course I've ever attended!