This MBSR teacher training is an international program where you learn to teach the original curriculum as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. During the program you go through the MBSR 8-week training and learn to guide it step-by-step, so that you can teach MBSR independently. All training weekends offer a combination of much practice, reflection and exchange with theory and background.
The 8-week MBSR program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the late 1970s. Originally serving a community of people with chronic health issues, the training was so successful in addressing stress and learning to cope with it in a different way, that MBSR soon found its way to many different people throughout the world. The positive effects of the program are supported by many years of scientific research. The MBSR program provides a solid basis for teaching further specialization programs, such as MBCT. See for MBCT teacher training below.
This program might be of interest to:
- people who would like to offer the 8-week MBSR program to the wider public;
- professionals working in (para) medical professions or in the wider field of health care;
- mental health specialists, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists who look for complementary offerings for their clients;
- those working in education, wishing to offer mindfulness to the teachers’ community;
- others interested to deepen their knowledge and experience about mindfulness, about MBSR and about teaching the practice to others.
MBSR TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM
In the MBSR teacher training program you learn to:
- teach the original 8-week MBSR program;
- guide all formal practices (meditation, bodyscan, mindful movement);
- teach central themes (e.g. recognizing and coping with stress, perception, mindful communication, how to practice);
- group dynamics, didactics and inquiry;
- create a safe setting where participants can practice, explore and learn.
During the program you will develop and strenghten teaching skills, as well as the personal qualities that support mindful teaching, such as embodied presence, patience, friendliness, compassion and equanimity. Embodying and reflecting these qualities, a teacher can spark the conditions for the group, where participants feel safe and welcome to develop these further in themselves.
An important focus in the training is therefore on one’s personal mindfulness practice, and the integration with practical and theoretical knowledge and teaching skills. Each module contains mindfulness practice as well as hands-on teaching.
The program is offered online via Zoom, and consists of 13 weekend modules. The modules will focus on the different sessions, practices and themes of the MBSR. Between the modules there is time to ‘digest’ the learning process and to practice with peers on practical teaching assignments. In the course of the program you will record your own audio files to offer to your future MBSR participants. Guidance and support for this is offered in the program.
Towards the end of the program you will teach your own pilot MBSR course. You will be supported in this by 4 individual supervision sessions by a supervisor of the program.
This training program follows guidelines and standards of the International Mindfulness Integrity Network.
-23 training days
-approx. 100 study hours
-approx. 120 hours preparation and teaching the pilot MBSR course
-approx. 20 hours writing a reflection paper