Monday, October 1, 2018

Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (UCLA)

MARC (; Ananda M. (D.M.I.), Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

This year-long program provides training, support, and supervision to those wishing to incorporate mindfulness into their occupation or to share mindfulness with individuals, groups, communities, or institutions. The program consists of four in-person practicums, each 4-5 days long, and additional meetings by phone, online, and in-person. Successful completion of this program provides a document of completion as a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator (TMF) from the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Faculty to include Diana Winston, Marvin G. Belzer PhD, Susan Smalley PhD, and Daniel Siegel MD among others.

(See PrerequisitesSteps to Apply, Additional Application Details). Applications for the 2019 program are now open. Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018.
Interested applicants should also review our "Details for the Applicant" info sheet, found at this link.
Program Goals
  • To oversee, support and supervise the spread of mindfulness in the larger society by training qualified individuals as Mindfulness Facilitators
  • To provide participants with training and protocol in facilitating mindfulness practices to share with individuals, groups, communities, institutions, professional colleagues and others
  • To support participants in furthering their personal understanding and practice of mindfulness
  • To provide a community of collegial support for participants
Facilitators will be trained to
  • Lead mindfulness groups and classes, working with populations with which they are already experienced, in or with groups as appropriate to their interest and background, such as:
    • Educational settings
    • Medical settings
    • Psychotherapy settings
    • Businesses
    • Universities
    • Non profits
  • Work with individuals to share mindfulness techniques
    • Ex. Bring mindfulness to psychotherapy clients; use mindfulness exercises to help individual students at a school or with hospital patients
  • Lead mindfulness lectures for the general public or in their field or community
Develop curriculum suitable to the population they will be working with
Target Audience Open to the general public
Duration One Year
Location Four practicums in Los Angeles (4-5 days in length each) and additional meetings by phone, online, and in person
Dates of In-Person Practicums for 2019 January 24-27
May 2-5
August 15-18
November 6-10 (5 days)
Tuition and Continuing Education Units $7,000 for the full program. Does not include travel, room, and board. Financial support is available. Program costs are non-refundable.
  • Must have at least four years prior experience with mindfulness or permission of instructor.
  • Must have attended at least one Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) class through MARC either in-person or online (enrollment in Sept/Oct 2018 class series is OK).
  • Must have attended at least two 4-5-day or longer silent mindfulness retreats (see list of approved retreat centers here).
Application Fee $50 (non-refundable)
Application Deadline
Friday, October 12, 2018 for all required application materials.
Course Structure
  • Four in-person practicums, each 4-5 days in length, with the full group in Los Angeles (first practicums are 4 days, last practicum is 5 days)
  • Monthly small group meetings (local in person or phone for remote)
  • Regular personal/professional check-ins with mentor
  • Online interactive website
  • Regular reading and writing assignments
  • Twice yearly feedback on student facilitation
  • Twice yearly mentorship calls following the completion of the program for two years
Outside Requirements
  • Ongoing personal study and practice
  • Participation in one 4-5 day or longer silent retreat
  • Ongoing mindfulness placement (i.e. healthcare setting, homeless shelter, youth at risk, business, mental health setting, etc.) unless current job serves as placement (to be determined by TMF faculty)
Core Faculty: Diana WinstonMarvin G. Belzer, PhD.
Guest Faculty: Susan Smalley, Phd, Daniel Siegel, MD, Mike Irwin, MD, Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD, Matthew Brensilver, PhD, Jeremy Hunter, PhD and others
Advanced Individuals who demonstrate excellence may be selected to be trained as an authorized UCLA Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) teacher.
Accreditation and Individual Credentialing
The TMF is an Accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Program by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). Upon completion of the TMF, graduates will be eligible for the IMTA individual credential: Certified Mindfulness Teacher- Professional Level (CMT-P).

Steps to Apply

  1. Submit the $50 non-refundable application fee: CLOSED
    • All applicants must submit this fee before their application is considered complete, in addition to items #2-5 of this list.
    • You may pay with a credit card or a check (checks must be postmarked by the application due date). Please not do send cash. Checks must be made payable to "UC Regents."
  2. Complete the 2019 TMF Online Application Form: CLOSED
  3. Ensure that two (2) references (one of whom must be a mindfulness teacher) complete an Online Letter of Recommendation form on your behalf. 
    • To do so, applicants MUST send each reference the following link: CLOSED
    • Applicants are responsible for:
      • sending the above link to each of your two references
      • confirming with your two references that their recommendations have been submitted
  4. Upload your current resume: CLOSED
  5. Upload a photo for identification purposes: CLOSED
Application Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018 (11:59PM PST) Admissions Notifications: December 3, 2018
Additional Information & FAQs
At the above link you will find:
  • Program Details for Potential TMF 2019 Applicants 
  • A List of Approved Retreat Centers
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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