About the Institute

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The Center is delighted to announce a new phase in the formation of a Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) dedicated to meeting the tremendous demand for highly trained, skillful and competent teachers of Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI’s). The initial phase of this Institute has been in place for several years now through the intensive retreat-styletrainings you see listed to the left of this page. The success of this comprehensive catalog of offerings has allowed us to now bring together an impressive team of experts, including MBI program developers, recognized teachers and trainers of mindfulness and people with extensive experience in business, education and other related fields to create a Formative Board ofDirectors who share a vision of creating a fully comprehensive Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. . The vision for this Institute is one that is global in scope, collaborative and cooperative in spirit, flexible and accessible in design, and firmly rooted in the intention and practice of mindfulness.

This MBPT Institute will ultimately provide core training in key concepts and aspects of mindfulness and modes of teaching that are shared by most mindfulness-based approaches. The core training will be offered in a variety of formats, such as distance learning, in-person offerings, or in new formats that blend the two. Beyond the core training, the Institute will chart specific pathways toward competence and certification in specific MBI’s. While these specific MBI “tracks” will have well-defined steps toward certification, the training will be constructed in such a way that people seeking to become competent and certified may apply to have other trainings and practice experiences count toward those requirements.

This enormous and very exciting effort is very much in its formative stages and we welcome your suggestions and ideas about what such a program could or should look like. Please do contact us at mindfulness@ucsd.edu with your input or if you would simply like to be kept apprised of our progress toward creating this professional training program.

Our MBCT and MBSR certificate programs, and applicable modules, will continue to be recognized as equivalent to those offered by The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, for the purposes of certification.

Formative Board of Directors

Christine Alexander, EdD has facilitated and administered educational programs onsite and online since 1999.  Her background is in nursing, teacher credentialing, and faculty development.  She has incorporated MBSR techniques while training nurses and teachers throughout San Diego.  She currently develops curriculum for Allied Health. Her research interests are program review and optimal online learning environments.

Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA, is a certified nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher who developed the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program and currently leads at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Her recently published book, Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond (HarperCollins 2012) which describes the MBCP program will soon be available in Dutch, German, French and Turkish. Nancy is in collaboration with numerous colleagues in the US and abroad to train MBCP Instructors and to research the effectiveness of the MBCP program for expectant families. She has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1982. www.mindfulbirthing.org

Barry Boyce is editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine and mindful.org, and editor of The Mindfulness Revolution, as well as a long-time meditation teacher.

Richard Burnett is co-founder and creative director of the Mindfulness in Schools Project (www.mindfulnessinschools.org). Richard co-wrote the highly-acclaimed 9 week mindfulness course, .b (pronounced dot-b) designed to engage adolescents in the classroom. He teaches at Tonbridge School, the first school in the UK to put mindfulness on the curriculum, an event covered by press, TV and radio in early 2010. Richard recently gave a TEDx talk about mindfulness in schools. Thousands of young people have been taught .b in a wide range of educational contexts in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Holland and Thailand.

Neha Chawla, PhD is one of the co-creators of MBRP and co-author of the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician’s Guide. Dr. Chawla writes, consults, provides training in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Seattle.

Rebecca Crane, MA directs the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, and has led the development of its MBSR and MBCT post graduate and CPPD teacher training programmes. She has published papers on MBSR/MBCT teacher training and has, in collaboration with Oxford and Exeter Universities, developed a methodology for assessing teaching competence for use within training and research programmes.

Allan Goldstein is the Associate Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and a Senior MBSR Teacher there. Allan has been involved in learning and teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs (MBSR) since participating in his first program in 1993. Since that time he has trained in facilitating MBSR with the UMass Center for Mindfulness (CFM) and has gone on to teach MBSR to groups and individuals in universities, business and community settings. His work has also led him to teaching in military installations and even in the virtual world of Second Life. Allan spearheads operations, marketing and program development efforts of the UCSD CFM, as well as leading MBSR and other mindfulness groups.

Steven Hickman, PsyD is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Departments of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of clinical care, professional training and research. Since founding the Center in 2000, he has taught over 60 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, numerous other Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) and has been a trainer of teachers in MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. The Center is a global leader in providing professional training in mindfulness-based interventions for professionals.  Dr. Hickman is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine.

Royan Kamyar, MD, MBA is Principal and Management Consultant at MDMBA Consulting, LLC, a wellness and mHealth management consulting firm based in Encinitas, CA. He received his M.D. from the Baylor College of Medicine and an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.

Wally Lazaruk, PhD is an education consultant, President and Principal Consultant withEvaluation Plus Inc., which specializes in program evaluation, needs assessments, outcome mapping and implementation planning: www.evaluationplus.ca Wally has experience as a teacher, an education consultant and a senior manager with the Alberta Department of Education. He is currently completing post-graduate training in executive and life coaching with the College of Executive Coaching and is also a member of the Certified Coaches Federation. In the area of mindfulness, Wally has received professional training in MBSR through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness Oasis Professional Training program, has worked as an intern with the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and received training in MBCT as well.

Kristin D. Neff, PhD is Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She was one of the first scholars to define and measure self-compassion in an academic context, has written numerous research articles on the psychological benefits of self-compassion. Dr. Neff is the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. She is featured in the award-winning book and documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family’s adventure with autism.

Dr. Ravinder Reddy is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, practicing psychiatrist, author and lecturer. He has been involved in psychiatric education his entire professional career, including being Residency Training Director at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA. He has long been involved in complementary medicine, with NIH-funded research into the role of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in psychiatric disorders. As an entrepreneur, he has developed virtual reality systems to educate families and health care professionals about schizophrenia (psyVR). Recently, he has launched an online wellness program for persons 50 years and older whose mission is to help recover physical and mental balance using a variety of approaches including mindfulness, reflecting in part his own personal journey.

Diane Reibel, PhD is the Director of the Mindfulness Institute at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Jefferson Medical College.  She is a certified mindfulness –based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and has been teaching MBSR for over 18 years to patients, medical and college students, school teachers/administrators and healthcare professionals.  In addition to her passion for teaching mindfulness she studies the physiologic effects and health outcomes of mindfulness training and her research is published and widely cited in both scientific journals and the popular press.  Dr. Reibel is coauthor of the book Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators.

Jacquelyn Schwartz is a Marriage and Family Therapist with many years experience in non-profit and private clinical settings. Jacqui is dedicated to helping others cope with personal challenges and find greater satisfaction in their relationships. Jacqui utilizes mindfulness-based interventions within a Bowen Systems Theory framework to improve self-awareness and flexibility. Jacqui continues to develop a mindful approach to life through her meditation and yoga practice as well as the present focus of Argentine tango dancing. Jacqui consults with family businesses and has a psychotherapy practice in San Diego, California.

Hali Tsang has been a successful executive in multinational corporations and a serial entrepreneur for the past 30+ years.   Hali and her husband are co-founders of Pacific Advantage Ltd.  (“PAL”) headquartered in Hong Kong.  In 20 years, PAL has brought over 130 companies from USA and Europe to Asia.  PAL has many successes including growing a company from zero to 130 millions in 2 years.  Despite her success in business, Hali is an educator and teacher at heart and has strong passion and desire to sharing her successful experience and helping people to unleash their potential and elevate the overall well being of people.  She has over 30 years of practical experience in mentoring and coaching people of all ages in her professional and personal life. 

Bob Uslander, MD is a practicing physician and entrepreneur dedicated to helping people experience peace-of-mind and wellbeing. After graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine he completed residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. His medical career has spanned the continents and twenty-five years, and includes emergency department directorships, hospice and end-of-life care, and a pain management practice. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Uslander has been actively engaged in finding solutions for some of healthcare’s most pressing problems through the formation of companies that provide services to homebound seniors (both medical and non-medical,) as well as urgent care centers, pain centers and inpatient hospitalist services. Mindfulness has been at the heart of Dr. Uslander’s own personal and professional success, and is incorporated into every aspect of his medical practice and businesses.

Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD, has been a Vipassana practitioner since the late 80’s, is a board-licensed OB/GYN in Europe (not practicing medicine in the US), and a mother of three children. She is a certified MBSR teacher and teaches, among other classes, the 10-week MBSR practicum and supervision for certification for CFM, UMASS. Christiane is the Director of MBSR programs at InsightLA.org (currently including 10 MBSR teachers), and is program director for VA CALM, a program that trains staff and clinicians at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration in mindfulness and how to teach mindfulness to veterans.

Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW has been teaching MBSR and MBCT groups for many years. She is a certified MBSR instructor and since 2005 has been leading mindfulness-based professional trainings. She is an MBSR/MBCT supervisor and a professional advisor on various MBCT clinical trials. Susan has presented on the clinical application of mindfulness at numerous conferences and is a published author on the training of health professionals in mindfulness-based skills. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation and yoga since 1981. www.slwoods.com

Board Member Emeritus

Ferris Buck Urbanowski, MA has taught mindfulness meditation since 1980 and is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. While teaching at the Center for Mindfulness she taught the general public and coordinated and taught in the professional training programs. Since 1999 she has instructed professionals in the teaching of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She is currently employed by the South Burlington, Vermont school district where she is instructing teachers and teacher trainers in mindfulness meditation.