MBSR Teacher Certification | SR-405

SR-405MBSR Teacher Certification

The Center For Mindfulness Teacher Certification is the internationally recognized standard of practice for teachers of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. MBSR Teacher Certification acknowledges a teacher’s in-depth comprehension and skillful delivery of the MBSR curriculum, and accedes all teaching competencies meet practice standards as established by the Center for Mindfulness.

Effective April 2016:

  • At time of application, fee of $1275 is due
  • MBSR Teacher Certification materials/portfolio must be submitted in English or with transcripts/translations
  • MBSR Teacher Certification materials/portfolio must be submitted electronically (submissions by mail/post will no longer be accepted)

Applicants submit a Portfolio that includes:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Curriculum class plans for eight classes, orientation and the all-day class
  3. Video recording of class five (If co-teaching, a video of solo teaching must be recorded)
  4. Workbook and/or home practice sheets
  5. Audio recordings of four (4) formal practices as presented in the MBSR classroom (standing yoga, lying yoga, body scan, sitting meditation)
  6. Supervision Reflection and Assessment document (completed by both supervisor and supervisee)
  7. Dates, titles and locations of all qualifying retreats
  8. List of all 8-week MBSR courses taught - with dates, number of participants and location
  9. Letters of recommendation  - two (2) from colleagues and two (2) from referring medical or behavioral healthcare practitioners

Application materials are reviewed by a CFM senior teacher. Applicants may receive recommendations for further study or be asked for clarification.  Such suggestions are in support of teachers’ ability to bring deeper understanding, growth, and embodiment of the principles and demonstrated practices to their MBSR classes. Successful outcome leads to CFM Certified MBSR Teacher status.

Schedule

Please allow up to 12 weeks from time of complete portfolio submission to notification of outcome.

Pre-requisites

  • SR-FLEX MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine (must be completed for final Certification)
  • SR-401 MBSR Fundamentals
  • SR-402 MBSR Practice Teaching Intensive
  • SR-403 MBSR Group Supervision
  • SR-404 MBSR Individual Supervision
  • Continuing daily mindfulness meditation practice, yoga and other body-centered awareness disciplines
  • Retreats #3 and #4 - third and fourth retreats of 4 required retreats to be completed prior to Teacher Certification Review
  • Successful completion of teaching at least 8 cycles of 8-week MBSR classes

Learning Objectives

  • Produce a capstone project portfolio, demonstrating integration of attributes of the teacher, prior learning and skills development in MBSR teaching
  • Reflect on and articulate personal and professional ethical code in relationship to one’s teaching
  • Demonstrate results of your learning and skills development through feedback from your participants and colleagues

Competencies

  • Authorized to teach the complete 8-week MBSR course to the general public as an MBSR Certified Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School -OR –
  • Continue to refine understanding and skills, as indicated by the reviewer by:
    • Attending other Oasis Institute training programs or additional retreats
    • Additional study and reflection on specific learning components
    • Additional MBSR teaching
    • Revision of course materials
    • Additional supervision
    • Resubmitting your application after completion of the above additional requirements
  • Important note: the awarding of Teacher Certification in MBSR does not indicate approval by the CFM for training other MBSR teachers
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