MBSR Teacher Education and Development
The Mindfulness Center at Brown is a global leader in research and education offering a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training track towards becoming an MBSR Teacher.
MBSR Teacher Certification
It is with gratitude and joy that we share with you the news that the Mindfulness Center at Brown now offers MBSR Teacher Certification.
Our Certification track is a three-step process that allows anyone that has completed the MBSR 8-week course and one retreat to embark on a journey to learn how to teach MBSR. The MBSR teacher training programs are for new students and mid-stream learners furthering their professional MBSR education.
You will learn from widely-known and deeply experienced MBSR instructors and teacher trainers and receive certification from the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.
Recommended schedule of programs and retreats.
Please reach out and discuss alternative schedules based on your prior retreat experience.
MBSR Teacher – Training Level 1
8-week MBSR Course, One qualifying retreat
1. MBSR Foundations (10 Session or Residential Format) and 2. MBSR Teacher Advancement Intensive
Qualifying Retreat (Total of two retreats)
Your name listed on the Brown University Mindfulness Center website, in the MBSR Teacher Registry as having completed: “MBSR Teacher – Training Level 1”
Begin teaching 8-week, in-person MBSR program
MBSR Teacher – Training Level 2
Successful competition of “MBSR Teacher – Training Level 1”
1. MBSR Curriculum Study Group and Skill-Building Workshop (engage in this group process in the early phases of teaching) and 2. MBSR Individual Mentoring
One Qualifying Retreat (Total of three retreats)
Your name listed on the Brown University Mindfulness Center website, in the MBSR Teacher Registry as having completed: “MBSR Teacher – Training Level 2”
Continue teaching 8-week, in-person MBSR program
MBSR Teacher Certification
Successful competition of “MBSR Teacher – Training Level 2”
One Qualifying Retreat (Total of four retreats) and Certification materials are assessed using MBI-TAC.
Award of MBSR Teacher Certification: Your name listed on Brown University Mindfulness Center website in the MBSR Teacher Registry as “Certified MBSR Teacher.”
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MBSR Teacher Certification Submission Dates
2019 Spring MBSR Teacher Certification submission date has been extended to May 31, 2019.
(to be completed by August 31, 2019).
2019 Fall MBSR Teacher Certification submission date is September 30, 2019.
(to be completed by Dec 31, 2019.)
Submit your information and apply for MBSR Teacher Certification by clicking this link and completing the application.
Please contact us at [email protected] if you have other questions.
Are you interested in Transferring to Brown University for your MBSR Teacher Certification?
Please fill out the Transfer Form
Do I need to take MBSR before I apply to this professional training program?
Yes. Successful completion of the MBSR course prior to your application to the teacher training is required. If you haven't yet taken MBSR, go here for information and/or to register for one of our classes. If it has been more than 8 years since you took the MBSR course, we strongly recommend that you take it again before applying for MBSR teacher training.
Do I need to have taken MBSR with the Mindfulness Center at Brown?
No. Having taken MBSR from a well-qualified teacher elsewhere is sufficient. If you have questions about whether the MBSR class you took meets this prerequisite, contact us at the email below.
Do I need to have a personal mindfulness practice to apply for this program?
Yes. We recommend a minimum of two years of regular formal mindfulness practice for entrance into the training program. If you don't yet have a mindfulness practice and would like to develop one, go here to learn about our mindfulness courses for individuals.
Do I need a graduate degree to take this program?
We seek trainees who have either a graduate degree or commensurate experience. Coaches, nurses, business leaders, musicians and yoga teachers are some examples of professionals who may qualify without a graduate degree. In addition, if you’ve made significant contributions to your community (whether local government, schools, or other arenas) in leadership and coalition-building, this, too, may serve as qualifying experience. Contact us at the email below to discuss your eligibility.
If I began my MBSR teacher training elsewhere, may I continue to complete my training through the Mindfulness Center at Brown?
Yes. We welcome those have begun training at other programs and would like to continue and receive certification through the Brown Mindfulness Center. Please contact us at the email below to speak with someone who can help determine where you would enter the MBSR teacher training track at the Mindfulness Center at Brown.
Where do the trainings happen?
We offer both in-person and live-online courses. Our residential trainings happen around the world in partnership with our global partners, in our home state of Rhode Island, and throughout the United States. Our live-online courses include the MBSR Curriculum Study Group and Skills Building Workshop and Individual Mentoring.
How long does it take to complete this program?
The prerequisites can be completed within 3-4 months. Once you begin the professional training to become an MBSR teacher, the most common progression is 3-4 years. During this time you will have attended three silent retreats and begun teaching MBSR. Because part of this training is experiential, some of the time is spent teaching, meditating and reflecting in order to more fully digest and integrate what is being learned. The program should not take more than five years to complete.
In what language are the courses in other countries taught?
All courses held in the US are taught in English. Global Collaborative trainings are often taught in the language of the host country; some include English-speaking teachers; and some are taught in English with simultaneous translation provided by reliable and skilled translators. Please check the details of each program, especially those being offered outside of the US.
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