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Professional Certificate in Mindfulness-based
Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training


This programme is jointly organised by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Oxford Mindfulness Foundation
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is now recommended in the UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the treatment of recurrent depression, and is becoming more widely applied to a range of other health conditions. More recent work has led to major breakthroughs in understanding how mindfulness can reduce suicidality in depression, emotional turbulence in bipolar disorder, serious health anxiety and latterly in building resilience in young people.

The new curricula, Mindfulness for Life (sometimes known as MBCT-L) are designed for diverse groups of people in a wide range of settings, such as workplaces, education, and the general population. After completing the programme, students can take a first step to teach MBCT, workshop on Finding Peace in the Frantic World and MBCT-Depression if eligible.

This programme spans over an academic year.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should

  • hold a Bachelor degree from a recognized university or equivalent professional qualification;

  • have completed an 8-week Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Life course as a participant, led by a teacher in-person or live online, within the last 18 months

  • have regular personal mindfulness practice, ideally for at least a year

  • have knowledge and experience of the population and context where you would like to teach, for example, workplace, education, criminal justice, physical or mental healthcare, or general population

  • have some knowledge and experience of working with individuals and groups access

  • suit technology, internet capacity, space, privacy and the technical ability to join an online training programme via Zoom with video on if this training is online

  • sign the OMF teacher training agreement and agree to abide by OMF guiding ethical principles

Who Should Apply

This programme is to provide training to individuals who would like to begin learning to teach Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy as well as those who would like to deepen their mindfulness practice. This teacher training programme is well-recognized as the essential path to teach mindfulness practice worldwide.

Mode of Study:

Tuition Fee:
HKD 65,000*

Medium of Instruction:
Mainly English, Partially Cantonese

Student Intake:
max. 36

CE/CME Points
(Application in Progress)

*The cost for board and lodging in the residential retreat in Course 2 is NOT included in the course fee.


The programme will be delivered in a face-to-face mode* supplemented by online learning

*All face-to-face class will be conducted in CUHKCMRT/TBC. However, face to face mode is subject to change to online completely due to COVID-19 restrictions. Different schedule will apply if change to online teaching. Please refer to the full schedule for details. CUHKCMRT stands for CUHK Thomas Jing Centre for Mindfulness Research and Training (Address: Rm 1701, 17/F, Far East Consortium Building, 121 Des Voeux Road, Central)

Course 1

2 - 9 Apr 2023

Course 2

21 - 25 Oct 2023

Course 3

Teaching a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Curriculum in a Group#

#Your eligibility of certain workshops subject to your professional background.

 28 Apr - 4 May 2024

There is 1 day break on 2nd May.

Learning to Teach

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Practices and Exercises

Origins of Mindfulness

and Retreat


Course 1 - 3 :

CUHK Thomas Jing Centre for Mindfulness Research and Training

Rm 1701, 17/F, Far East Consortium Building,
121 Des Voeux Road, Central


To be confirmed

There are also online workshops between courses.

Graduation Requirement

Confirmation of Attendance letters can be provided to all participants who attend 100% of the training events. Trained Teacher Certificates are issued only after completion of the complete teacher training pathway, through a formal application process not linked to this event.


Also, to be awarded the certificate# issued by CUHK, students are required to have an overall attendance rate of at least 80% of each course; and pass all the assessments of each course.

#The certificate does not include any academic credits from the University of Oxford.

Career Benefits

After completion of the certificate programme, graduates will have been trained to teach Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L), Finding Peace in a Frantic World and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression depending on their intended setting of teaching (e.g. MBCT-Depression for clinical settings). The completion of this certificate will fulfill the first step requirement in teaching mindfulness in the respective settings.

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