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February 15-20, 2015 / Petaluma, CA
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June 28-July 3, 2015 / Clinton, WA
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September 20-26, 2014 / Petaluma, CA
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June 16-21, 2015 / Clatskanie, OR
October 4-9, 2015 / Wallingford, PA
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December 7-12, 2014 / Joshua Tree, CA
May 4-9, 2015 / Petaluma, CA
MSC: Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training
June 2-8, 2014 / Petaluma, CA
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February 8-14, 2015 / Petaluma, CA
August 7-13, 2015 / Garrison, NY
November 8-14, 2015 / Lucerne Valley, CA
Mindfulness for ADHD: Training For Adults, Parents and Professionals
August 7-10, 2014 / Petaluma, CA
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February 27-March 1, 2015 / San Diego, CA
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MBSR Teacher Qualification and Certification

Phase 1: Teacher Qualification

The purpose of Teacher Qualification is to establish a basic level of training and proficiency sufficient to be able to teach MBSR to the general public. Achieving Teacher Qualification status is needed in order to move on to receiving Teacher Certification. Download a summary of the process.

Requirements for MBSR Teacher Qualification are the following:

  • Completion of the 6-day MBSR foundational Teacher Retreat Training or equivalent* (as determined by the review committee) (see prerequisites)   
  • Formal application to enroll in the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) as a “Teacher in Training” accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $100. Upon acceptance of your application in the MBPTI, you will receive a Provisional Certificate of Qualification that will be replaced by a full certificate of Qualification upon completion of the following two requirements and approval of your application for qualification as described below.
  • Teach two 8-week MBSR courses.
  • Completion of 22 hours of mentorship with an approved MBSR Mentor during your teaching of the two 8-week MBSR courses (See list below approved MBSR supervisors. If you have an experienced MBSR teacher who is willing to mentor you, you may apply to have that person approved. Contact the MBPTI directly for more information about how to arrange this).   

*The 6-day MBSR Foundational Teacher Training retreat has pre-requisites (listed below) that would also have to be satisfied by those submitting alternate training experiences for consideration for MBSR Teacher Qualification:

  • Participation in an 8-week MBSR program.
  • An established mindfulness meditation practice (daily formal sitting practice, informal practice)
  • A mindful movement practice (yoga, t’ai chi, qigong).
  • Yearly attendance at 5-7-day teacher led silent meditation retreats (Parents of young children, care-givers and others with special circumstances can submit an adapted schedule for attendance at silent meditation retreats).    
  • Experience with teaching in a group setting and familiarity with group process (this excludes teaching academic subjects). 

Mentorship will include the following:

  • Audio and/or audio/visual recordings of you guiding mindfulness meditation practices; mindful yoga, teaching a didactic portion of the MBSR program and leading inquiry. 
  • Submission of your teaching materials which will include all participant handouts.

Upon completing these requirements, please submit a formal letter of application for Teacher Qualification to the UCSD Teacher Qualification and Certification Committee. Your letter must include documentation of the following: the dates of the MBSR foundational training, Mentor’s name and dates of mentorship, location and number of participants in the MBSR courses taught. Please also document your personal mindfulness meditation practice, mindful movement practice and attendance at silent teacher-led retreats, denoting teacher(s) names and location.  Please request your Mentor send a letter of recommendation supporting your application and readiness to teach directly to the Committee. Please include an application fee for $750.

Your request will be reviewed by the Committee and upon approval, you will be issued with a letter confirming you have satisfied all the necessary modules for full Teacher Qualification status. If the committee determines that you do not meet criteria for Teacher Qualification, you will be provided with feedback and a proposed remediation plan. Resubmission for consideration after satisfying the requirements can be made for an additional resubmission fee of $150.

Click below to register in the Institute and apply for Provisional Certificate of Qualification

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Phase 2: Teacher Certification

Obtaining MBSR Teacher Qualification is a prerequisite to formal certification status. Certification is a process of ensuring that an MBSR teacher has achieved a level of teaching that clearly demonstrates competency and best practice skills. Download a summary of the process.

Requirements for MBSR Teacher Certification are the following:

  • Will have been granted Teacher Qualification.
  • Will have taught a minimum of five MBSR 8-week courses.
  • Completion of the 5-day Advanced Training for MBSR and MBCT Teachers (or equivalent).
  • 10 hours of mentorship (beyond that required for Teacher Qualification) with an approved MBSR Mentor (see list).
  • An established mindfulness meditation practice (daily formal sitting practice, informal practice).
  • A mindful movement practice (yoga, t’ai chi, qigong).
  • Continued yearly attendance at 5-7-day silent teacher led meditation retreats.

Mentorship will include the following:

  • Video recordings of you teaching two half-hour segments of mindful inquiry, one from the first half of the MBSR program, the second, from the second half of the program. 
  • Video recording of you teaching a 40-minute sitting meditation practice and a mindful yoga practice.
  • Video recording of you teaching a didactic portion of the MBSR program e.g. Session 4: Stress Reactivity.
  • Submission of your audio recordings of a 40-minute body scan, a 40-minute sitting meditation practice, a walking meditation, and a 30-minute mindful yoga practice. These are the recordings your participants listen to at home.  

Upon completing these requirements, please submit a formal letter of application for Teacher Certification to the UCSD Teacher Qualification and Certification Committee. Your letter must include documentation of the following: the dates of all MBSR teacher retreat trainings sponsored by UCSD (or equivalent), when you obtained teacher Qualification, your Mentor's name and dates of mentorship and the dates, location and number of participants of all MBSR courses taught, teaching materials, participant handouts and CDs, and a video of you teaching the following: two half-hour segments of mindful inquiry, 40 minute sitting meditation practice, mindful yoga, didactic portion of the MBSR program e.g. Session 4: Stress Reactivity. Please request your Mentor send a letter of recommendation supporting your application and readiness for Teacher Certification directly to the Committee. In addition please submit letters of recommendation from two professionals in your field and three letters of recommendation from participants in your most recent MBSR class. Please also document your personal mindfulness meditation practice and attendance at silent teacher-led retreats, naming the teacher(s) and location. Please include an application fee for $1000.

Your request will be reviewed by the Committee and upon approval, you will be issued with a letter confirming you have satisfied all the necessary modules for Teacher Certification status and will be issued with a Teaching Certificate. You can then be listed in the directory of "certified" MBSR teachers on the UCSD website.

List of approved MBSR Mentors: To Be Announced

For further information, contact us at mindfulness@ucsd.edu

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