Mindfulness-Based Professional Training
The UW Health Mindfulness Program offers the following options for people interested in teaching mindfulness as a practitioner:
The Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for graduates of our eight-week Mindfulness class to participate fully in another Mindfulness class with the intention going deeper with their practice and assisting the course teacher.
- Completed the eight-week Mindfulness Class
- Maintains a personal practice
- Commitment to attend all classes and Day of Mindfulness
- Participate fully in class as a participant
- Arrive to all classes 20-30 minutes early (or as agreed with Mindfulness teacher)
- Help with physical setup
- Pass out papers
- Write participants' responses on chart paper during activities
- Provide perspective to teacher
- Stay after class to debrief with teacher (as agreed with teacher)
- Cost: Free
- Time commitment: 33- to 36-hour commitment
- Prerequisites: Completion of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course
The MBSR Practicum is for professionals who are interested in teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or who want to integrative mindfulness into their work.
We wish to train teachers who are dedicated to their own mindfulness practice, and who intend to live what they teach. In most cases, this translates into daily sitting practice and regular attendance at silent, teacher-led retreats.
Please note: The MBSR teacher training practicum is not a complete preparation for teaching MBSR. The UCSD Center for Mindfulness considers this practicum equivalent to their MBSR Teacher Training Intensive.
Continuing education credits are available through the UW Extension for those who have completed the practicum.
- Experience MBSR as a participant and as an observer
- Deepen and refine one’s own mindfulness practice
- Become familiar with the intentions and methodology of the MBSR curriculum
- Learn to facilitate guided mindfulness practice, group discussion and didactic material
- Learn to lead basic yoga poses in a safe manner
- Learn basic ways to adapt practices and content for people with different needs
- Become familiar with giving and receiving feedback about teaching
As a practicum participant, you will be asked to:
- Participate in an eight-week foundational MBSR class as a participant-observer, taught by a senior MBSR teacher, including a one-hour orientation, eight weekly classes of 2 ½-3 hours, and one all-day, seven-hour session on a weekend
- Attend a three-hour weekly seminar that runs for 10 weeks, including class reflection, teach-backs, and inquiry with a small group of fellow practicum students and your seminar teacher
- Keep a journal of your experiences and observations in the MBSR class, and complete any reading assignments to support your learning
- Health care or education professional background
- Complete an eight-week MBSR class
- Maintain a daily meditation practice and a regular mindful movement practice for at least one year
- Attend at least one 5-10 day, silent, teacher-led, residential mindfulness meditation retreat
- Complete one rotation as a volunteer/assistant or equivalent experience in an adult mindfulness-based class
- Dates: We anticipate the next practicum to be in Fall 2019
- Cost: $1,500, plus a non-refundable $25 application fee. Payment plans are available.
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