Mindfulness-Based Programs: Mind-Body Health

Teacher Training

The Mindfulness Center at Brown provides training opportunities for those aspiring to become MBSR teachers, as well as those who already teach MBSR and wish to further their learning. Additionally, through our collaboratives, we offer programs in healthcare, education, in the corporate setting and around the world.

Introduction to MBSR Teacher Training and Development

Whether you are beginning the teacher-training pathway in MBSR or looking to refine specific teaching skills, the Mindfulness Center at Brown has options to support your learning. Each step of the formal training process engages a trainee in a variety of domains, including:

  • Developing competencies as an MBSR teacher;
  • Cultivating skills for either the classroom or private practice;
  • Deepening knowledge in the areas of science, ethos, pedagogy, best practices and public health; and
  • Strengthening one’s personal practice through the lens of MBSR.

With a commitment to meeting the whole person, our intention is to address individual learning needs and encourage the unique resources and capacities of each person.

Mindfulness in the Workplace and Leadership Training

One critical foundation for extraordinary leadership, optimal performance, sustainability and well-being is the quality of awareness that allows us to see clearly, understand fully and respond appropriately to whatever arises in our work and life. This is mindfulness. Mindfulness can be strengthened through training and practice, and when the training is rooted in rigorous research and delivered by certified teachers working alongside the researchers, individuals and organizations can trust the credibility and value of their investment.

Mindfulness for Healthcare

Working in today’s healthcare climate is challenging at best. Administrative burdens, staff shortages, individual patients and communities facing complex conditions and overwhelming schedules can lead to exhaustion, burnout and a turning away from the deep desire to help that often brings individuals to this noble profession.

Customized Mindfulness in Healthcare programs are designed to enhance the resilience and well-being of individual healthcare practitioner, treatment teams, organizations and healthcare systems overall. Quality, compassionate and skillful care are natural outcomes when healthcare practitioners are present, engaged and accessible to patients and oneself.

Mindfulness in Schools and Higher Education

Rooted in a school of public health and committed to addressing the physical and emotional stress inherent in teaching and being a student, we offer unique, comprehensive and mindfulness training to K-12 schools and in higher education. As educators develop a personal practice, strengthen classroom presence and share mindfulness with their students, social and emotional skills are strengthened, and students experience an improved ability to concentrate and regulate emotions, greater feelings of optimism and empathy, and decreased depressive symptoms. School leaders, educators and other members of the academic community similarly strengthen the resilience, focus and calm presence necessary for thriving in the 21st century classroom.