MBSR Teacher Training/Mentorship
I acknowledge your exploration of MBSR teacher training/mentoring and the implied desire to help others. Learning to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a rewarding and challenging process. My journey in teaching began in 1994 and I find guiding others toward developing their practice both fulfilling and meaningful work.
The most important requirement for teaching mindfulness is having an established personal mindfulness practice. The 8-week MBSR course provides a structure and support for your personal practice along with direct experience of what is taught in MBSR teacher training/certification programs. This the first step in the requirements toward certification for both of the programs listed below. I’d be happy to help start you on your way toward certification. I encourage you to take a look at both programs and I hope to meet you at an upcoming 8-week course.
In addition, I’d also be glad to mentor you after your completion of teacher training from one of the two places mentioned below. I have mentored and supervised teachers for two National Institute of Drug Abuse grants. Currently I mentor for UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Mentorship is a requirement for teacher certification from UCSD.
Whether you’ve just begun or have taught for a while, mentorship can assist you in becoming a skillful MBSR teacher.
Mentorship can provide:
- Weekly meetings, in person or online, to explore the details of a previous class and prepare the the next one.
- A safe, supportive environment in which you can explore the challenges and blessings of teaching MBSR.
- Advice and coaching in guiding meditations whether in class or recording.
- Aid in the exploration of and learning about conducting skillful “inquiry” in your classes so students can deepen insight into their experience.
- Understanding the conceptual underpinnings of the 8-week course to allow you to weave together the 8 classes and integrate various aspects within each separate class to make it seamless.
Programs (in the US) that offer MBSR teacher training and certification.
UCSD Center for Mindfulness at the University of California San Diego
I am a mentor for new teachers through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and would love to help guide you through the process.