Mindfulness supervision training

Mindfulness supervision training

Are you a mindfulness supervisor looking for more background and skills in supervision?
Or wishing to start supervising?
Become a Mindfulness Supervisor with the international training program.

Join us in the upcoming professional Supervision training starting February 7-9, 2025.
Learn more about the place of Mindfulness supervision in the supervision traditions. Develop, refresh and deepen your skills as a supervisor, and learn to work with your practice as a basis, allowing your supervision to be more connected and effective.

With the new international criteria for ongoing education and supervision for mindfulnessteachers, as developed in the Global Integrity Network in 2016, the mindfulness field sees an increasing demand for experienced supervisors.
Supervisors who are steeped in the mindfulness practice, and who are able to support, encourage and challenge their supervisees in their development, deepening their experience and understanding of the work in mindfulness.

FOR WHOM

When you are an experienced teacher, perhaps already working as a supervisor, or planning to become one, this might be the program for you. This training welcomes experienced teachers of mindfulness based programs (MBPs), who are looking to develop a solid ground in supervision, while maintaining a mindful holding of the supervision process.

PROGRAM

Supervision is a profession in its own right. Becoming a supervisor is a process that requires time – time where you can develop and deepen your skills in the practice with colleagues. The training consists of 3 three-day modules in the course of roughly 1 year. This allows participants to digest the program at ease, and gives time to practice in between the modules. As with the mindfulness teacher training, this program is experiential. Learning to guide the process with presence plays a larger role than ‘getting the right skills set’. While each module offers theory, background material and skills practice, the sessions have a strong focus on the process, on guiding, and on meeting what is present in our supervisees as well as in ourselves as supervisors. In this program, you learn to supervise, while holding the space of your supervisee and yourself in a mindful way. For this reason, mindfulness practice will also be part of the program.

The first module will focus on the basic skills of supervision and its specific application in a mindfulness setting – either with new, first time teachers or with more experienced ones. The following modules will refine skills and deepen the practice, allowing more space to explore personal topics and themes.

There is frequently a striking parallel between our own themes and those present in a group, often depending on the particular session of the 8-week training. Apart from personal topics, we also look at organisational matters that are important while supervising. While participants can bring in various experiences from their own supervision sessions, the program is overall practice-based.

After Module 1, you will have core skills to start practising supervision on your own. In this period, peer-supervision from peers will allow for feedback and support. After Module 2, you will suervise another professional, this time receiving 4 sessions of supervision on your supervision (supra-vision) by one of the trainers in the program. For the Certificate, you write a reflective paper on each of the modules. After completion of all assignments you will receive a certificate.

PROGRAM THEMES
Module 1
Definition, role and context of supervision – Basic theory of supervision and learning – Different interventions and styles – How to create a safe setting for your sessions – Contracting – Starting and ending supervision – Mindful dialogue: speaking and listening in supervision – Embodiment – Inquiry – Feedback in supervision – Supervision practice in small groups.

Module 2
Reflection on giving supervision – learning points – the Supervisory role – Relational themes –
Vulnerability – supporting ad challenging your supervisees – Anxiety and the Inner critic – Transference & counter-transference – Parallel process – What to do when we get stuck – Resonance – mindful dialogue – Supervision practices in small groups – Mindfulness practice

Module 3
Reflection on supervision given – Roles and responsibilities – Working with resistance & fear –
Vulnerability, common humanity – Being with the difficult – Context of supervision, Stakeholders – Supervising experienced and starting teachers – Evaluating or Assessing teachers – Feedback in supervision – Working with different mindfulness-based programs – Ethics and competition.

TEACHING TEAM

The international team teaching the program consists of Lot Heijke (The Netherlands), Günter Hudasch and Petra Meibert (Germany) and Camilla Sköld (Sweden); mindfulness teachers, trainers and supervisors with extensive and international teaching experience. Read more about us here.

PRACTICALITIES

The Certificate in Mindfulness Supervision is a one-1-year program consisting of 3 modules of three days each plus a refresher meeting.

Dates for 2025 / 2026:
Module 1: February 7-9, 2025
Refresher: June 21, 2025
Module 2: September 19-21, 2025
Module 3: February 6-8, 2026

Times:
Each module runs Friday to Sunday, from 09:30-17:30 CET. The refresher meeting is on Saturday morning 09:30-13:00 hrs.
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ONLINE
This program is offered online via Zoom.

Costs:
– €1695 for the Certificate training program. (This can be paid in installments.) The fee includes a manual with handouts and background literature.
– Additional costs: 4 supervisions of supervision.

NB for Dutch participants:
Geaccrediteerd door het Mindfulness Register voor 80 punten.

Mindful-supervisie

“I warmly recommend this professional training. The program is mindfulness-based. The teachers embody the attitudinal foundations of mindfulness – and so did the participants in our cohort. This provided a safe and open space for me to learn, to dare practising and try out things, and to be myself as a, sometimes vulnerable, human being.”

“Enorm inspirerend om met andere ervaren trainers samen te oefenen en je eigen vaardigheden zo aan te scherpen. De internationale groep is een extra inspiratie!”

“Ein tolles Netzwerk aus erfahrenen Supervisoren für Achtsamkeitslehrende in den Niederlanden, Belgien und Deutschland ist entstanden, das bestimmt noch weiter wächst.”