Holbeck College

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Study the original eight-week mindfulness programme for students and teachers.

Study time
8 weeks

Level 2

Start date
20 July 2024


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week programme that will change your relationship with stress, help you better cope with difficulties and open up a new way of looking at life.

This course is suitable for both individuals looking to undertake the eight weeks and mental health professionals looking to understand MBSR. It will take you step-by-step through the eight weeks including all of the practical exercises. We will also cover teaching skills and theories & frameworks for those looking to deepen their understanding and teach mindfulness to others.

On the course, we will cover:

MBSR is not to be undertaken lightly: the original programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn involved a 2.5-hour weekly group session and 45 minutes per day of home practice. This course has been adapted for both group and individual learning but maintains that basic structure of a main weekly session and daily home practice.

Mindfulness is a way of changing the way we experience the world. It allows us to switch out of our usual way of thinking: constantly thinking, problem-solving and worrying, and start experiencing and living instead. We do this with mindfulness practices that help us pay attention to the present moment.

About Level 2

Level 2 is an introductory level qualification suitable for all. They typically do not require prior experience and will take 6-12 weeks to complete based on studying one module per week. See the course description for information specific to this course.

Meet your instructor

Chris Worfolk

Chris is a psychologist and teacher. He holds an MSc in Psychology (Conversion) from Leeds Beckett University and is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society. In addition, Chris is a Yoga Alliance-certified Registered Yoga Teacher.

Chris’s dissertation was the first paper to examine the effectiveness of mindfulness mHealth apps in clinical populations. He is the author of multiple books including Do More, Worry Less, and co-founder of the Leeds Anxiety Clinic.

What you will achieve

Completing the course will earn you a Level 2 Award in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction awarded by Holbeck College and accredited by the International Association of Therapists. You will receive a digital certificate.

Employers and other educational institutions will be able to validate your qualification using our online validation tool.

Here is an example certificate from our Level 1 Counselling Concepts course.

Example certificate


This course is available via our on-demand platform. You can learn at your own pace but you will have access to your tutor if you have any questions or need additional support. Have some questions before joining the course? Reach out via the contact us page.

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