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 UMASS 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 begins from a foundation of experience and practice – Prerequisites to begin training include:
- Participation in an 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)
- An established, daily, personal meditation practice
- Participation in at least two silent, 5-10 day, teacher-led meditation retreats
- Dedication to ongoing personal and professional growth
MBSR Teacher Training consists of several phases of intensive instruction, practice and mentoring from senior CFM staff, typically requiring several years. 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 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 practice. 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.
“MBSR teacher certification is available to people who have demonstrated a deep commitment to this work over a period of years…requirements include not only training courses but also a great deal of teaching experience and a depth of practice in mindfulness meditation” ~ Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical Center