Embodying Mindful Presence and Investigating Mindful Inquiry
This advanced training intensive is for MBSR and MBCT teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of universal principles for teaching mindfulness-based interventions. As such, the focus for this training is less about teaching to the structure of MBSR and MBCT and more about intentionally embodying mindful presence and strengthening the facilitation of mindful inquiry. Inquiry is both a practice and a skill. As a practice it is the ability to convey the philosophic underpinnings of mindfulness with an integrity that invites our participants to embark on a journey of discovery about the relevance of mindfulness practice as an approach for reducing stress and for the prevention of depression relapse. As a skill, mindful inquiry, demonstrates a willingness to embody the spirit of mindfulness with an oral congruity of where that understanding rests. The training is highly interactive and highlights the necessity of personal practice as a platform from which to teach.
The heart of this training program focuses on developing skills that strengthen an embodied mindful presence, mindful inquiry, and examines the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills for each of the eight MBSR/MBCT sessions. Over the course of the program we will pay attention to nurturing specific qualities associated with mindfulness, such as a present moment directed focus, an awareness that represents an inner and outer listening and a compassionate stance that incorporates a willingness to meet our teaching edges as they arise with generosity and kindness. This training offers the time to nurture these qualities through silent mindfulness practice, through simulated patient-teacher encounters, discussion and personal supervision from the retreat leaders.
This advanced teacher training intensive will be led by experienced clinicians, mindfulness teachers and retreat leaders, Susan Woods, LICSW and Pat Rockman, MD.
Registration will be limited to 40 participants for this advanced training in order to provide an environment that promotes in depth learning in an atmosphere of intimacy and shared experience.
At the completion of this training, the participants should be able to:
- define the components and characteristics of inquiry
- skillfully articulate the delivery and practice of inquiry
- demonstrate proficiency in embodying present moment directed skills
- describe the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills embedded in the MBSR/MBCT programs
- describe how the lens of mindfulness offers a radical shift for developing a different relationship to stress and for approaching difficult modes of mind and mood states
- engage confidently in group process from a mindfulness perspective
- articulate appropriate professional and personal ethics
This 5-day advanced teacher training intensive is intended for MBSR and MBCT teachers who have completed a 6-day professional MBSR Teacher Training Intensive (formerly known as MBSR Foundational Teacher Training) and/or a 5-day MBCT training. Participants will have taught several 8-week MBSR and/or MBCT courses and be licensed in their health field. All participants will have an ongoing personal mindfulness practice and have attended an annual 7-day silent teacher led mindfulness meditation retreat; MBSR and MBCT professional trainings are not considered silent mindfulness retreat.
- Advanced degree in a health-related field
- Attendance at a 6-day professional MBSR Teacher Training Intensive (formerly known as MBSR Foundational Teacher Training) and/or a 5-day professional MBCT training
- Teaching experience; the facilitation of a minimum of 3 MBSR or MBCT groups
- Personal on-going mindfulness meditation practice
- Have attended annual 7-day silent teacher led mindfulness meditation retreats
- Application letter of no more than two pages stating the following:
- State intentions/reasons for attending this advanced training
- State professional training(s) in MBSR and/or MBCT
- State number of MBSR/MBCT courses taught and where
- Outline attendance at 7-day silent teacher led mindfulness meditation retreats
- Describe your daily meditation practice and in what tradition you practice
Upon submission of your registration, you will be required to fill out an online Advanced Teacher Training Intensive Application. The link to the application form will be included in your confirmation email.
Your application for this training will not be taken under consideration until the application form has been submitted. Should your qualifications not be accepted for admittance, a full refund will be granted.
Registration: 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Dinner: 5:30-6:30 pm
First Session: 6:45-8:45 pm
Session Ends: 12:00 noon
The utilization of mindfulness in a clinical context is a burgeoning area of study and practice in the mental health field in the past few years. The number of research articles, books and popular press articles on the topic is growing exponentially each year and the demand for quality professional training in these practices and techniques is growing each year. The first level training in MBCT has been offered for the past four years through the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, with increasing enrollments each year, as well as at other sites across the country and around the world. This has led to a growing number of practitioners who have some experience in teaching MBCT and are seeking further opportunities for professional development in the field.
Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 30.0 hours of credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 30.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirements.
Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 36.0 contact hours.
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: 2nd Edition; By Segal, Williams and Teasdale
- Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness; By Jon Kabat Zinn
- Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine; By Saki Santorelli
- Teaching Mindfulness (2010) Donald McCown, Diane Reibel and Marc S. Micozzi
- A Contemplative Dialogue: The Inquiry Process in Mindfulness-Based Interventions (2016) By Susan Woods MSW LICSW, Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP, and Evan Collins MD FRCPC.
- The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness; By Williams, Teasdale, Segal & Kabat-Zinn
- Cognitive Therapy of Depression; By Beck, Rush, Shaw and Emery
- Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches. Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Application; By Ruth Baer
- Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness (Pages 463-476, Training Professionals in Mindfulness: The Heart of Teaching); By Susan Woods; Edited by Fabrizio Didonna
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy; By Rebecca Crane
- Mindful therapy: A Guide for Therapists and Helping Professionals; By Thomas Bien
- Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship; Edited by Steven Hick & Thomas Bien
- Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Edited by Christopher Germer, Ronald Siegel, Paul Fulton.
- The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology; By Jack Kornfield
- The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology; By Chogyam Trungpa
- The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive and Emotions; By Christopher Germer
- Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha; by Tara Brach
- The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being; By Daniel Siegel
- The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life; By Parker Palmer
- Transparency in the Art of Teaching Inquiry in the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Program; by Susan Woods (pdf file)
Frequently Asked Questions
I am flying in for the training. What are my options and what do you recommend?
See our LOCATIONS page for details about travel to the retreat centers and preferred airports. The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at local airports.
What time should I plan to arrive? When do we finish?
We will begin checking people into the retreat at 1 pm on the first day of the training. However, it may be possible for you to arrive before 1pm and have access to your room. We ask that you plan on arriving no later than 5pm so that we can begin with the full group in attendance at dinnertime. We plan to end the retreat by 1:00 pm on the last day so please plan your travel accordingly, using the time guidelines above. Sometimes situations arise in which people have to leave the retreat earlier than noon on the last day but we strongly urge you to avoid this if at all possible.
Is there wireless service/cellular phone use?
Please do not expect to get consistent, reliable wireless internet service while at the retreat center. It is most advisable to leave your computer at home because of the retreat nature of the training, however we recognize that sometimes computer use is a necessity. Most cellular phones will work in this location. Again, however given the nature of the training there will be limited opportunities to use them, so informing those who may need to contact you of these limitations ahead of time will be helpful.
Is it possible to stay extra nights at the facility or arrive a day or two early?
The retreat center is often booked both right before and right after our training, so arriving early or staying an extra night or two after the retreat is over is not likely to be a possibility. You can of course arrange to stay at lodging near the retreat center if you would like to extend your stay. Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to make such arrangements.
What do I need to bring?
If it is at all possible, please bring a meditation cushion (zafu) and a yoga mat. We will have a few cushions but not enough to go around, so if you have one and can squeeze it into your luggage or bring it as a carry-on please consider doing so. It is always advisable to check the weather forecast prior to traveling, to help guide you in proper clothing choices.
The relatively remote location makes security a minor concern, but we do want people to know that with shared sleeping quarters and very limited availability of keys to lock rooms, we highly recommend leaving valuable items at home to reduce the possibility of anything being lost or stolen. Certainly some of us will have vehicles where such items can be secured if this is necessary.
What should I expect regarding the format of the training?
This training is taught in a retreat format, which means there is a great deal of mindfulness practice embedded in the training, and we want to reiterate that now so you are not surprised when you get here. The venue very much facilitates this format; we will will meet, eat and be housed in a relatively secluded area. There are no other large groups planned in the center that week so it should be relatively quiet and secluded. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but not by any means luxurious. and as you probably noted on the website, you will have a roommate. In most cases several of you will share a dorm-style bathroom nearby.
What should I read prior to arriving?
Check the “Schedule and Required Reading” page of the specific training you are registered to attend.
What if I require some special accommodations or have dietary restrictions?
While you are asked to note specific food restrictions on your registration application, if there are any additional food or medical concerns we should be aware of please let us know of these in advance so we may assist you.
Continuing Education Credit Fees
|Continuing education credits for participation in this program are available for an additional fee.|
|Psychologists, Psychotherapists (LCSW, MFT, LPC)||$50|
Partial payments are acceptable; however a non-refundable minimum deposit of $300 USD is due upon registration.
Please be aware that the early-bird rate is available for all participants who register and pay their balance in full by the early-bird deadline (see registration information above). All early-bird rate participants who have a remaining balance on or after the early-bird deadline will have their fees automatically adjusted to the General Session Rate.
All remaining balances must be paid in full 30 days prior to the start of the training or your registration will be cancelled for non-payment and you will not be permitted to attend.
A refund (minus your $300 non-refundable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing 30 days prior to the training. No refunds will be allowed after that date.
In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.
California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. It is the intent of the bill, which went into effect on July 1, 2006, to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the state of California, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through appropriate professional development. The planners, speakers and authors of this activity have been encouraged to address issues relevant in their topic area. In addition, a variety of resources are available that address cultural and linguistic competency, some of which are included in your syllabus or handout materials. Additional resources and information about AB1195 can be found on the CME website.
It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to the learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the activity. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker’s outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity. This information is used to plan future activities.All faculty members listed above have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.The MBPTI staff, meeting planners, planning committee and MBPTI committee reviewers do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine or University of California, San Diego Medical Center.