Alison Evans

I am a member of the core training team at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University, with a particular focus on Mindfulness-based Supervision (MBS) training. From 2008-2017, I was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter and worked as a mindfulness-based cognitive therapist and trainer. I led the postgraduate training, two specific IAPT training programs and a Supervised Pathway in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches. I also led the NHS Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) service within the AccEPT clinic. Prior to my work at the University of Exeter, I worked as an Occupational Therapist in NHS mental health settings.


Qualifications

  • Currently studying for a Doctorate in Clinical Research
  • MSc in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies, University of Exeter, 2012
  • I underwent extensive training with some of the first and second generation of mindfulness-based teachers as part of the Medical Research Council Trial platform:  Preventing depression relapse in NHS practice using MBCT

  • Teaching-Training Specialisms
  • MBCT in clinical and research settings particularly for adults with a history of depression
  • MBCT for people with current depression
  • MBCT for parents with a history of depression
  • MBCT/MBSR for people with physical health difficulties/chronic pain/vascular disorders in a clinical setting (includes a trial offering MBCT/Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for people with a vascular disorder and associated low mood/stress)
  • As a trainer, I have a sound knowledge of MBSR for the general public

Supervision Experience

  • Developing ongoing Mindfulness-based Supervision (MBS) training with CMRP
  • Co-facilitating of MBS training with Cindy Cooper for CMRP in 2015, 2016
  • Co-wrote a paper outlining a framework for MBS in 2014
  • Supravision of supervisors
  • Supervision of postgraduate students since 2008, both whilst on placement with myself and distance supervision
  • Supervision of clinical MBCT therapists both within an NHS funded service and a research team (group/peer supervision)
  • External mindfulness-based supervision through Exeter University and then through the Mindfulness Network (since founding it in 2012)
  • Developed training for supervisors of the postgraduate students at the University of Exeter

Supervision Specialisms

  • In addition to the training specialisms, also ‘supravision’ (i.e. supervision of supervision)

Personal Practice

I have had a personal mindfulness practice since 2004, prior to which I practised yoga regularly. My practice includes the core practices taught in MBCT/MBSR as well as developing other practices of interest and relevance in my life. My practice is supported by regularly mentoring sessions with a teacher from the insight meditation tradition. Movement also plays an important part of practice for me, both formally – with practices such as yoga – to more informal movement activities such as walking and Kayaking in the beauty of Devon where I live.


Research Activities

  • Currently undertaking research about Mindfulness-Based Supervision
  • Therapist on Medical Research Council Trial platform:  Preventing depression relapse in NHS practice using (MBCT)
  • Lead therapist for a National Institutes for Health Research funded PREVENT trial, “Preventing recurrent depression in NHS settings: Comparing antidepressants with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.”
  • Small Random Controlled (RCT) trial of MBCT for parents with a history of recurrent depression
  • Small RCT trial offering MBCT/MBSR for people with a vascular disorder and associated low mood/stress

Publications

Mann, J., Kuyken, W., O’Mahen, H., Ukoumunne, O., Evans, A., & Ford. T.  (2016). Manual Development and Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Versus Usual Care for Parents with a History of Depression. Mindfulness 7(5) 1024–1033 DOI 10.1007/s12671-016-0543-7.

Kuyken, W., Hayes, R., Barrett, B., Byng, R., Dalgleish, T., Kessler, D., Lewis, G., Watkins, E., Brejcha, C., Cardy, J., et al (2015). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 386(9988), 63-73.

Kuyken, W., & Evans, A. (2014). Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression. In R. A. Baer (Ed) Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications (2nd edition) (pp. 29-60). London: Elsevier.

Evans, A., Crane, R.C., Cooper, L., Mardula, J., Wilks, J., Surawy., Kenny, M., Kuyken, W. (2014). A Framework for Supervision for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: a Space for Embodied Mutual Inquiry. Mindfulness 6(3), 572-581. DOI 10.1007/s12671-014-0292-4.

Crane, R. S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R. P., Williams, J. M. G., Bartley, T., Evans, A., Silverton, S., Soulsby, J. G., & Surawy, C. (2013). Development and validation of the mindfulness-based interventions-teaching assessment criteria (MBI:TAC). Assessment, 20(6), 681-688. DOI: 10.1177/1073191113490790.

Kuyken, W., Byford, S., Byng, R., Dalgleish, T., Lewis, G., Taylor, R., Watkins, E.R, Hayes, R., Lanham, P., Kessler, D., Morant, N., & Evans, A. (2010). Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial comparing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with maintenance anti-depressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse/recurrence: the PREVENT trial. BMC Trials, 11, 99. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-11-99.

Kuyken, W., Watkins, E., Holden, E., White, K., Taylor, R.S., Byford, S., Evans, A., Radford, S., Teasdale, J.D., Dalgleish, T., et al (2010). How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work?. Behav Res Ther, 48(11), 1105-1112.


Further Information

I can be contacted via email at alison@mindfulness-network.org.