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The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness (UCSD CFM) has established itself as a leader in the field of mindfulness-based professional training, relying upon the model of retreat-style professional trainings that blend mindfulness practice, immersion in the interventions being taught, and top-notch teachers with strong credentials and experience in those interventions.

More recently, the Center has embarked on an ambitious transformation into becoming the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) dedicated to supporting and growing teachers of Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI’s) through training, mentorship, community-building and certification. Over the coming months and years the MBPTI will become a virtual home for those on the path toward becoming teachers of a variety of MBI’s.

Take a moment to review our offerings and click on the link to be added to our email list to be alerted of notable additions. Also note that we have provided a number of resources and links to support the growing community of MBI teachers and aspiring teachers. Take the time to explore our site and see what the MBPTI has to offer!

 

From Our Blog


By Christy Cassisa, Esq.Director of WorkLife IntegrationUC San Diego Center for Mindfulness Christy Cassisa is a former attorney, who is the Director of WorkLife Integration for the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. As she notes, “With all of the excitement surrounding mindfulness in the business community, we are thrilled to offer our WorkLife Integration Programs and our new Mindful Leadership course in partnership with UC San Diego Rady School of Management, Center for Executive Development. Now you can bring the Center's expertise to your office with a program or workshop tailored for your business or group.” If you have an [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Written February 19, 2015 by Pete Kirchmer. Pete Kirchmer is the Assistant Director for the UCSD Center For Mindfulness mPEAK (Mindful, Performance Enhancement, Awareness & Knowledge) Program. Pete specializes in coaching his clients in applying the practice of mindfulness to making healthy lifestyle changes as well as improving performance in life, work and sport. For more information about Pete Kirchmer please visit his Mindfulness Based Health Coaching website. The Meditative Experience I can still recall one of my first experiences at a meditation course. The instructor sat nobly on stage dressed in flowing white clothing that I imagined he'd bought near the [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Written February 5, 2015 by Holly Rogers Holly has been a staff psychiatrist at Duke University's student counseling center since 1996, and she is a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. Her professional interests include the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in the context of young adult development. She has a special interest in using mindfulness and meditation to facilitate health and personal growth in young adults. She is the co-developer of Koru Mindfulness and a co-founder of the Center for Koru Mindfulness. Weeks ago I read an article by Penelope Green about a woman [...]
Fri, Mar 06, 2015, Continue reading at the source
by Char Wilkins and Jan Chozen Bays A two-and-a-half-year-old boy weighed 79 pounds, three times normal weight for his age, and he suffered from sleep apnea. After his parents' two attempts to control the boy's weight through dieting failed, surgery was approved.1 A laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy was performed on the boy which involved removing the outer margin of the stomach to restrict food intake, leaving a sleeve of stomach, roughly the size and shape of a banana. Unlike a lap band, the surgery is not reversible. You might take a breath right now and become mindful of your thoughts, emotions and bodily [...]
Tue, Jan 20, 2015, Continue reading at the source
by Pete Kirchmer “Performance Enhancement” is a popular goal in my line of work that is typically associated with the supplement industry or return on investment (ROI) business strategies. Images are conjured up of competitive athletes in bright lycra crossing finish lines, a lone climber sumiting a mountain with ice picks or people in suits shaking hands on big business deals. This is in stark contrast to images that come to mind when thinking about “mindfulness”. This ancient wisdom tradition inspires peaceful images of stacked stones, Zen gardens and people sitting with serene posture on beaches at sunset. So how exactly [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014, Continue reading at the source