This Taking it Further curriculum develops your learning from the 8-week course in a number of new ways as a broader set of formal mindfulness practices are introduced. You will have already learned how mindfulness can be your teacher, offering you skills to meet life’s challenges and difficulties. New practices will be introduced to further support your learning (for example to calm agitation or to help with sleep or prepare for a challenging situation).
Many people’s practice tends to ebb and flow; some people discontinue their practice altogether. This course is intended to help you overcome blocks to continuing practice, identify positive reasons to practice, and reinforce the learning from mindfulness practice that supports your mental health and well-being.
The place of informal, everyday practice is emphasised. Our experience and research suggests that participants value being reminded of practice, sharing their experiences and learning from one other (Hopkins & Kuyken, 2012). Informal practices are introduced in a way that takes things that you are, perhaps, already doing and supports you to do them with increased awareness and responsiveness.
This 12-session course can be delivered in a number of different formats: once per week; once every two weeks; once a month; or in a more intensive retreat-like format. It is intended to:
This course is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions. Please do not sign up for this training if you are currently experiencing severe problems in these areas.
What happens after I complete the course?
I am a consultant psychiatrist, specialising in psycho-oncology and child and adolescent psychiatry in a general hospital in the south of Taiwan. I lead the Mindfulness Team in our hospital, which provides MBCT and MSCP for service-users and staff. I am involved in MBCT teacher training locally and internationally. I regularly run different mindfulness groups in Taiwan: MBCT for the general public, MBCT-Ca for cancer patients, as well as .b (MiSP curriculum) courses both in schools and in a local juvenile detention house, plus the Finding Peace in a Frantic World curriculum to university students.