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Mindfulness and Well-being for Professional Practitioners (PG Cert)

This programme offers a next step after completing an eight-week course, and an opportunity to develop your learning in the area of your professional activity, whatever it may be. 

You will consider how mindfulness informed approaches to well-being might enhance personal, organisational and wider community ways of being in the 21st Century. Although it is online learning, weekly practice drop-in sessions are designed to create a sense of community amongst students, wherever you are based.

Suitable eight-week courses are detailed in the Entry Requirements section. 


You can apply directly to the University using the Apply Now button at the top of the page. 

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Contact Email: h.fish@uwtsd.ac.uk


Why choose this course?

  • The Certificate is delivered through distance and blended learning, so you can be part of it wherever you live or whatever your working commitments are.
  • Weekly online drop-in practice sessions aim to foster a sense of community and shared experience.
  • Enables you to take your passion for mindfulness to the next level, applying it to your area of work or interest in a way that can add value to your activities.
  • It provides a platform to formally reflect on your experience, gaining self-awareness and insight, and the potential for growth.
  • Although NOT a teacher training programme, the skills required to share very short mindfulness practices with peers will be supported.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The programme focuses on key areas of personal practice, compassion-based practice and culture and communities. 

It starts with the individual, in the context of their workplace, expands to consider a compassion-based approach and then widens to encompass culture and communities, with sustainability as a focus throughout.

It engages with the good practice and integrity that informs approaches to mindfulness, as well as the wider political agenda where mindfulness seeks to inform policy.

The programme connects theory, practice and consideration of professional impact to enhance both personal and workplace well-being.

Module Topics

HPMW7001: The Mindful Practitioner (Schools) (20 credits; optional)

This module provides students with the skills to critically reflect on their own practice within the workplace context, with a focus on schools and young people, in order to promote well-being.

This will be in the wider context of research and theoretical underpinnings, and build towards a case study of the particular area of operation.

Theories of reflective practice and case study methodology will be taught, and applied to a workplace setting.

HPMW7002: The Mindful Practitioner (20 credits; optional)

This module provides students with the skills to critically reflect on their own practice within the workplace context, in order to promote well-being.

This will be in the wider context of research and theoretical underpinnings, with a focus on good practice within a workplace setting.

Theories of reflective practice will be explored within a professional context.

Only one of the modules, HPMW7001 and HPMW7002, can be undertaken. Either one is the first module in the programme.

HPMW7003: Compassionate Practices and Work (20 credits; compulsory)

This module will enable students to explore the theory and practice of compassion and mindful self-compassion, and the impact upon professional life.

Challenges to compassionate practice in the workplace will be analysed and critically assessed, using a range of models and approaches.

Heart-focused practices and mindful compassion meditations will be undertaken and the impact evaluated.  How much of a place does compassion have in our workplaces?

HPMW7004: Mindfulness, Culture and Communities (20 credits; compulsory)

This module considers the role of mindfulness in the context of wider social, political and organisational change.

We will critically analyse the relevant research, identifying areas where more evidence-based research may be required in this emerging field.

Nature-based mindfulness practice will be explored and its impact evaluated.

Please note, modules alter a little from year to year, owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation.


There are no examinations in this programme of study.  Assessments are designed to enable students demonstrate their academic understanding in the context of personal development and professional activity.  They will constitute some of the following:

  • Case study
  • Reflective essays
  • Written assignments
  • Presentation.

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Key Information


Heather Fish

Entry Criteria

Applicants are normally required to hold an honours degree. 

Vocational qualifications and experience will also be considered.

Applicants are also required to have completed an 8-week course from the following list, (which may be updated):

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Dotb Foundations
  • Mindfulness:  Finding Peace in a Frantic World
  • Mindfulness for Education Leaders (MEL)
  • The Present for Adults

Applicants undertaking Module HBMW7001, The Mindful Practitioner (Schools) are also required to have trained in one of the following, (which may be updated):

  • Teach dotb (Mindfulness in Schools Project)
  • Teach pawsb (Mindfulness in Schools Project)
  • The Present
Career Opportunities

This programme will enable professionals to deepen their knowledge and skills in this field and apply this to their area of work.  As such, it may enhance career progression at a time when there is a growing demand for mindfulness and well-being expertise in many fields.

This may include:

  • Education
  • Youth Work
  • Health Sector
  • Human Resources
  • Counselling
  • Creative industries
Additional Costs

Additional costs involve buying essential text books and attending an annual conference.

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Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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Further Information

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