The College

Central England College (CEC) is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully accredited training in Mindfulness Teacher Training and Clinical Hypno-Psychotherapy. Since 2000 CEC has been at the forefront of setting the highest possible standards of quality and has on three occasions been the recipient of the International Training School of the Year award from the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP).

The UK College of Mindfulness Meditation – Mindfulness Now Programme is housed within the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) building in beautiful, leafy Cannon Hill Park, in Edgbastion, Birmingham, as well as in its associated teaching centres. With excellent public transport connections the college is easy to reach from most parts of the UK.

CEC specialises in intensive practical vocational training with small group sizes (on average 10 to 12) Our students have the opportunity to carry out practise work  and to see tutor demonstrations as part of their training.

Call us today for more information or to book your training: 0121 444 1110

The Trainers

Nick Cooke

Dip.Psy. FAPHP

Nick Cooke – Central England College

The founder of the UK College, Nick Cooke, based the original ‘Mindfulness Now’ training programme around his own considerable experience of using mindfulness to help him with recovery and rehabilitation following two serious illnesses.

A qualified teacher (University of Worcester) and solution focused therapist with many years of experience of mindfulness meditation, Nick has learned from, and been positively influenced by, Buddhist traditions and from some of the western world’s foremost mindfulness teachers, including Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor Mark Williams PhD, John Teasdale and Dr Zindel Segal PhD.

​Nick has a passionate belief in making mindfulness as accessible and widely available as possible, in order to meet an ever increasing demand, while still maintaining high academic and ethical standards.

​Nick is one of the UK’s most experienced and respected practitioners and trainers of clinical hypnosis; having over 30 years professional experience, he is the originator and director of the Mindfulness Based Clinical Hypnosis (MBCH) programme.

For the past 20 years he has served as the principal of Central England College, a leading and multi award winning hypnotherapy training school, as well as the UK College of Clinical Hypnosis. He is also a clinical supervisor and has twice served as a director of the National Council for Hypnotherapy.

Tony O’Shea-Poon

BSc (Hons), LLM, MBA, Dip Clinical Hyp (CECCH), HPDip (NCH)

Tony qualified as a hypno-psychotherapist with the UK College of Clinical Hypnosis and subsequently completed the NCH Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma. He is the lead tutor for the Mindfulness-Based Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma in London, UK.

Tony supports individuals with a broad range of conditions and disorders using a wide variety of approaches. He has particular experience working with addictions, phobias, anxiety, trauma and pain. He has also developed a successful Mindful Eating 6-Step Programme which combines hypnotherapy, mindfulness, coaching and movement to support clients to transform their relationship with food and with their bodies.

Tony is also a qualified coach and mindfulness teacher/tutor and a member of the national Mindfulness Now teacher training team. He has been practicing meditation for more than 25 years and follows the Plum Village tradition, as taught by Buddhist Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. He enjoys mindful walking, yoga, travelling and growing vegetables.

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Rachel Broomfield

B.Ed (Hons) LAPHP

Rachel is a member of the UK College / MBCH training team, where she specialises in working with children and their teachers. She is a Mindfulness Now accredited teacher and works with groups and individuals as a professional therapist, helping her to fulfil her original aim of promoting mental health and well-being for all involved in education.

​The first 20 years of Rachel’s career were spent very happily as a primary school teacher, teaching across the Early Years, and Key Stages 1 and 2. However, like many others she noticed that, more and more, the stresses and strains in education were taking their toll on both teachers and children alike. As time went on, she saw that there was a growing need to nurture the mental well-being of adults and children in educational settings.

​She describes her retraining in mindfulness as a complete leap of faith. She also facilitates the official Mindfulness Now 8 weeks programme.