Mr Tim Duerden has been a programme leader across a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes beginning in 1997 with the BSc (Hons) Complementary Medicine and Health Sciences programme, a sister programme to the BSc (Hons) Traditional Chinese Medicine on which he taught anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. After 2011 he moved to the counselling team and is now programme leader and admissions tutor.
These programmes drew on his prior experience as a herbal and nutritional therapist and his experience as anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology tutor at the Northern College of Acupuncture and at a number of homeopathic and osteopathic colleges.
He has been teaching mindfulness in clinical, educational, corporate, and community settings for over 30 years and has been a teacher-trainer for Integrated Mindfulness for over 14 years and he leads mindfulness-based modules for therapist well-being and the use of trauma-sensitive approaches with clients.
He has been an accredited Breathworks mindfulness teacher since 2008 and has also trained in MBCT, MBSR, Mindfulness in Schools, Mindful Self-Compassion as well as undertaking training in ACT and Compassion Focused Therapy.
As a qualified counsellor, CBT therapist and hypnotherapist he integrates mindfulness and self-compassion based approaches into his work. He has a particular interest in adapting mindfulness to meet the needs of groups often marginalised from mainstream services – a recent example is working with men in the Orthodox Jewish community in North Manchester.