Professional Training Program

Disclaimer: Participation in the OMC Professional Training Programs does not constitute or substitute for any healthcare training or identification as a state-regulated healthcare provider.

The Professional Training Program is designed for professionals in healthcare, education, or human resources interested in cultivating their mindfulness practice for use with their clientele (See Prerequisites below). This training program is experiential and focused on the cultivation of personal mindfulness practices that support the professional application of mindfulness practices. It provides professionals with a base for developing clinical mindfulness skills and a foundational understanding of mindfulness interventions.

Training in the foundations of mindfulness and the MBSM program can span up to one year of study and practice.

Please also note that all participants in the professional training are assessed at each stage for their suitability to continue to the completion of this training or continue to other levels. Participation does not guarantee the qualification level will be attained. The participant may be requested to seek further development of skills.

Training & Qualifications Obtained

The Professional Training Program offered by the OMC is comprised of the following:

A – Prerequisites

    • Applicants’ professional training should reflect the capacity to work with individuals experiencing mental health issues (may include individuals with physical disabilities for whom good mental health is important). Professions include healthcare professional (psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, physicians, educators, coaches, spiritual counsellors, and clerics).
    • Applicants who are not formally trained mental health professionals (peer support facilitators, etc.) should have mental health first aid and suicide prevention training.
    • Applicants must have been practising in a recognized tradition of a contemplative practice that includes meditation training¹ for the past 2 years.
    • Applicants must have completed a 5-day silent, teacher-lead retreat within the previous 2- years of application.

The OMC Professional Training Program uses The Bangor, Exeter & Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria for training and feedback.

Certificates of Completion are provided upon successful completion of each training level and may qualify for CEUs from some professional associations.

B – Level 1: Foundations of MBSM (Total estimated cost excluding travel, lodging, and meals: $CDN 2000.00)

Applicants must be accepted into the Professional Training Program BEFORE participating in the M4 Program as a trainee.

  • Attending an in-person or online 8-week MBSM program with additional requirements for meditation ($CDN 800; may be covered by extended health care insurance or employer training benefits).
  • Completion of the Online Mindfulness and Ethics module via the Canadian Psychological Association (Cost to be established by CPA)
  • Completion in-person of four all-day training modules covering
    (1) Buddhist roots of mindfulness concepts & implications for secular/clinical mindfulness-based psychotherapy
    (2) Core Intervention skills: Inquiry, invitation, and insight
    (3) Core Concepts of MBIs (the subject being taught: 5-SH, meditations, practices), and
    (4) Co-creating the ethical space of mindfulness: The “Spirit” of a mindfulness teacher (skills to be developed, i.e: facilitation, holding space, compassion, active listening, etc.)

    ($CDN 1000 + 13% HST)

Upon successful completion, the skills may be used within the scope of one’s professional training. For example, as a mental health professional, this may involve using the practices and concepts with individual clients.

NOTE: This training does not certify mindfulness teaching skills, constitute approval to teach an 8-week program, or to train others using the MBSM materials from the OMC.

C – Level 2: Qualification to teach the complete 8-week MBSM

The Trained Teacher Levels are designed for professionals who wish to deliver the complete MBSM program in group formats or with individual clients using the complete MBSM curriculum. This level of training requires teaching the MBSM curriculum with the guidance of a mentor. Space permitting, co-facilitating in one of the OMC programs may be a possibility. ($CDN 500 + 13% HST per MBSM program mentored.)

Applicants must have

  • an on-going meditation practice
  • attended or be committed to attending 5- or 10-day silent retreats
  • skills working with groups
  • clinical knowledge congruent with the population they are teaching
  • a commitment to work within their scope of practice (clinical, education, executive coach, etc.)

The OMC adheres to the global guidelines for mindfulness teachers as formulated by the International Integrity Network.

Upon successful completion, professionals are considered an MBSM-Qualified Teacher and may deliver the complete 8-week MBSM Core program. Adapting the curriculum for specialized clinical populations may only be done within the scope of the Qualified Teacher’s credentials.

D – Certification as an MBSM Teacher

Certification permits individuals to offer MBSM as an 8-week or 5-Day Intensive program. Training to certification level requires completion of a minimum of three 8-week programs (or equivalent) with a certified MBSM teacher with mentoring. ($CDN 500 + 13%HST per MBSM session mentored).

Upon successful completion, professionals are considered Certified Teachers of MBSM. They are required to maintain a schedule of 5- or 10-day teacher-lead silent retreats annually and attend retreats/workshops on Buddhist Foundations and ethics of mindfulness.

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¹Meditation training is defined as 30-45 mins of silent sitting meditation; if longer the practice include alternation with walking meditation. Guided practice refers to meditations lead by recognized Insight Meditation teachers.