Mindfulness-Based Professional Training

The UW Health Mindfulness Program offers the following options for people interested in teaching mindfulness as a practitioner.

 

UW Health Mindfulness Program is committed to supporting people of color to have access to training, teacher development, and employment opportunities in the field of mindfulness. Financial assistance is available.

 

Questions or More Information

 

For questions or more information about the Volunteer or Teacher Training programs, please complete our online form.

 

Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for graduates of our eight-week Mindfulness class to participate fully in another Mindfulness class with the intention of going deeper with their practice and assisting the course teacher.

 

UW Health Mindfulness Program is committed to supporting people of color to have access to training, teacher development and employment opportunities in the field of mindfulness. Financial assistance is available.

 

Experience 

  • Completed the eight-week Mindfulness Class
  • Maintains a personal practice 

Roles

  • 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)

More Information

  • Cost: Free
  • Time commitment: 33- to 36-hour commitment
  • Prerequisites: Completion of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course

10-week Teacher Training for People of Color

The MBSR Teacher Training will open for application from November 16-December 14, 2020. Applicants will be notified of admission status by January 1, 2021.

 

This teacher training will take place online, in live Zoom sessions, January-March 2021.

 

Description

 

The MBSR Teacher Training program is for those who are interested in teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or who want to integrate mindfulness into their work. UW Health Mindfulness Program is offering this affinity course to support people of color to have access to training and teacher development.

 

There is no cost for this offering. This program is offered as part of the Mindfulness for All Project, and generously funded by the Kataly Foundation.

 

We wish to train teachers of color 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 experience attending silent, teacher-led retreats.

 

The Teacher Training program is approved for continuing education credits through UW Extension. To determine whether these credits work for your professional licensing board, please contact UW Extension and/or find more information on their website.

 

Please note: The MBSR Teacher Training is not a complete preparation nor does it provide certification for teaching MBSR.

 

Objectives

  • 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 Teacher Training participant, you will be asked to:

  • Participate in an 8-week foundational MBSR class as a participant-observer, taught by a senior MBSR teacher, including a one-hour orientation, 8 weekly classes of 2.5-3 hours, and one all-day 7 hour session on a weekend
  • Attend a 3-hour weekly seminar that runs for 10 weeks, including class reflection, teach-backs, and inquiry with a small group of fellow students and your seminar teachers
  • Keep a journal of your experiences and observations in the MBSR class, and complete any reading assignments to support your learning

Preferred Prerequisites

  • Career/work experience in health care, behavioral health, social work, education or related field
  • Complete an 8 week MBSR class
  • Maintain a regular 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

 

Please review carefully as full attendance (excluding emergencies and illness) is expected.

 

Each student will participate in one of the following three MBSR classes AND the Thursday evening seminar.  

 

This course will take place in live, online sessions that will not be recorded to maintain confidentiality. You will need access to an internet connection along with a computer or tablet that can run the Zoom application.

 

MBSR Classes (choose one)

 

Tuesday morning MBSR  (9am)

Intro Session: 9-10am, January 19

Classes: 9-11:30am, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16

Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, March 6, 10am-3pm

 

Tuesday evening MBSR  (5:30pm)

Intro Session: 5:30-6:30pm, January 19

Classes: 5:30-8pm, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16

Day of Mindfulness:  Saturday, March 6, 10am-3pm

 

Monday evening MBSR for People of Color (5:30pm)

Intro Session: 5:30-6:30pm, January 18

Classes: 5:30-8pm, January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15

Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, March 6, 10am-3pm

 

Teacher Training Seminar

 

Thursday evenings (5pm)

Intro Session: 5-6pm, January 14

Classes: 5-8pm, January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25

 

Application

 

As an applicant for admittance to the program, please send:

We will be selecting a limited number of applicants for each training. We will notify you as to whether you have been admitted to the program by January 1.

 

To inquire about the MBSR Teacher Training for people of color,  please contact Toral Livingston-Jha at toral@tljcoaching.com.

 

 

10-week Teacher Training

The MBSR Teacher Training is for those who have completed 8-week MBSR course, in addition other preparation described below under "Preferred Prerequisites," and are interested in teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or 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.

 

Continuing education credits are available through the UW Extension for those who have completed the teacher training.

 

Objectives

  • 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 teacher training participant, you will be asked to:

  • Participate in an 8-week foundational MBSR class as a participant-observer, taught by a senior MBSR teacher, including a one-hour orientation, 8 weekly classes of 2.5-3 hours, and one all-day 7 hour session on a weekend
  • Attend a 3-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 teachers
  • Keep a journal of your experiences and observations in the MBSR class, and complete any reading assignments to support your learning

Preferred Prerequisites

  • Healthcare, including behavioral health or education career background
  • Complete an 8-week MBSR class (required)
  • Maintain a daily meditation practice and a regular mindful movement practice for at least one year
  • Attend at least one five- to 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

More Information

  • Dates: We anticipate the next teacher training to be in Fall 2021.
  • Cost: $1,700, plus a non-refundable $25 application fee. Payment plans are available.

How do I get involved?

 

Request information on the Mindfulness Teacher Training program