Why Teacher Training Matters


MBSR Teacher Training & Certification

As the benefits of mindfulness become more well-known you may find different options and approaches for learning about mindfulness. Your instructor’s training and experience are important factors to consider.

MBSR Teacher Training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness set the bar for training current and future generations of MBSR Instructors – It is rigorous, thorough, grounded in personal practice and experience and represents the highest standard of training and commitment.

The Path to teaching MBSR

The path to teaching MBSR begins with a foundation of professional experience and personal practice.  Even before beginning teacher training, applicants must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Completion of the 8-week MBSR class

  • Completion of a Master’s or Doctoral degree in a health, mental health, or education-related field or equivalent experience (many MBSR teachers are also licensed health care professionals, having education and training which embodies high ethical standards and accountability)

  • A well-established, daily, personal meditation practice

  • Completion of at least two 5 -10 day, silent teacher-led meditation retreats

  • Dedication to ongoing personal and professional growth

Grounded in Personal Practice & Training-over-time

MBSR Teacher Training typically takes several years and consists of multiple phases of intensive, in-person instruction, practice, mentoring and supervision from senior CFM staff. This extended training process supports a deep integration of learning, with a view to developing stability, flexibility and a non-judgmental stance.

MBSR Instructors are committed to teaching with fidelity to the model that has been researched for more than 30 years, and to do so with personal authenticity and a connection to their own deep practice experience.

What does “Certified MBSR Teacher” mean?

Certification in MBSR is an additional credential awarded to instructors who have demonstrated an advanced level of experience and commitment to teaching and to

Certification let’s you know your instructor has spent many additional years (beyond the initial teacher training described above) developing their teaching and practice skills, completing supervision and an in-depth individual review by senior instructors at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness.

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(Adpated from: "Why Instructor Training Matters",  L. Martin, 2015)