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MBCT Certificates

We offer Level 1 and Level 2 certificate programs in Applied MBCT Facilitation that provide comprehensive training to health care professionals interested in learning how to facilitate MBCT.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group modality to treat acute anxiety and mood disorders that combines the tools of cognitive therapy with the practice of mindfulness meditation. This rigorous and internationally recognized two-level certificate program offered by The Centre for Mindfulness Studies was developed to train the teaching competencies set out in the Bangor, Exeter and Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria.

Our MBCT certificate program and applicable modules, are recognized as equivalent to those offered by the University of California at San Diego’s Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, for the purposes of certification. See an outline of the MBCT Certificate Program here.

The MBCT modality follows an 8-week, group therapy curriculum. To our knowledge, this is the only specialized program for MBCT facilitation in Canada. The program consists of two levels:

Level 1: Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate

Certificate Description, Prerequisites and Application

The purpose of the Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate is to provide learners with a level of training to enable them to offer this modality to the public. It is expected that those taking this program will already have a professional clinical designation.

This is an attendance-based program and does not assess competency. Completing this program (or the alternate pathway) then allows trainees to move on to the Supervised MBCT Facilitator Certification, a competency-based program.

Prerequisites
All participants pursuing the certificate program must:

  • Complete an 8-week MBCT program as a participant (Please note: that the MBCT in 2-Days program is not considered a replacement for the 8-week MBCT program in terms of completing this prerequisite)
  • Have a daily mindfulness practice
  • Hold professional clinical credentials or obtain prior approval from the Centre
  • Participate in a total of 5-7 days silent retreat prior to certificate completion

Applying for the Certificate

MBCT Basics

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. MBCT combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to healthcare providers for personal use. More…

CBT Primer

Enhance your understanding of MBCT by familiarizing yourself with the foundations of CBT. In this hands-on, skills-oriented course, participants will acquire a few basic CBT tools that they can integrate into their own general clinical practice. More…

MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat

Train to facilitate MBCT programs with guidance from Zindel Segal, one of its co-developers. This innovative 5-day intensive training and retreat will lead you through the program designed to prevent depressive relapse among people with a history of depression. More…

MBCT Practicum

Ontario’s only MBCT practicum accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada. This practicum will immerse participants in the 8-week MBCT program as participants, facilitators and observers. More…

Inquiry Essentials

(Formerly Refining Inquiry) Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It is at the heart of MBCT and MBSRThis two-day course will examine the principles and practices of mindful inquiry as they pertain to “therapeutic mindfulness.” More…

MBCT Mentorship: Level 1

Mentoring in most therapeutic domains is considered essential for competency. Novice MBCT facilitators often require ongoing mentorship for issues that arise during the MBCT group process. More…

Mentorship Transitional Provisions

The MBCT Certificate Program will change effective June 15, 2016 to add a mentorship requirement to the Level 1: Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate and correspondingly reduce the mentorship requirements for the Level 2: Supervised MBCT Facilitation Certification.

In order to be grandfathered in the old Level 1 Certificate Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed one of the modules of the Level 1 Certificate program prior to June 15, 2016
  • Complete the Level 1: Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate program by December 31, 2017.

If you are grandfathered, you must still complete the Mentorship in MBCT Facilitation for two MBCT groups to receive the Level 2: Supervised MBCT Facilitation Certification.

Level 2: Supervised MBCT Facilitation Certification

Certificate Description, Prerequisites and Application

The Supervised MBCT Facilitator Certification stream is for graduates of the Core MBCT Facilitation who wish to apply their facilitation skills and receive individualized supervision from one of the Centre’s expert facilitators. The Supervised MBCT Facilitator Certification is a way of assessing competency in teaching and best practices in MBCT. This process uses a combination of face-to-face and at-a-distance supervision, discussion, feedback and assessment using specific criteria based on standards set by the international community.

Prerequisites
All participants pursuing the certificate program must:

  • Complete the Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate or equivalent to pursue the Supervised MBCT Facilitator Certification
  • Facilitate three MBCT groups prior to pursuing the Supervised MBCT Facilitator Certification
  • Have a daily mindfulness practice
  • Hold professional clinical credentials or obtain prior approval from the Centre
  • Participate in a 5-7 day silent retreat prior to certificate completion

Applying for the Certificate

 

MBCT Mentorship: Level 2

Mentoring in most therapeutic domains is considered essential for competency. Students will have the opportunity to discuss personal & professional issues with the mentor that come up during MBCT delivery. More…

MBCT & MBSR Advanced Training

Deepen your facilitation skillsThis training intensive supports facilitation skills while focusing on strengthening the facilitation of mindful inquiry. More…

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University of Toronto Transitional Provisions

Letter from the Dean of Factor-Inwentash University of Toronto

August 17, 2016

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies (“The Centre”) wishes to announce that, effective immediately, our MBCT and MBSR facilitation certificates will be issued solely by The Centre, rather than jointly by The Centre and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto (FIFSW).

However, those who have begun the MBCT and MBSR facilitation certificate programs may still obtain the joint certificate if they meet the conditions set by FIFSW in its letters regarding MBCT and MBSR (below) and apply for the joint certificate by December 15, 2017.

This change has taken place because FIFSW is no longer offering the AMM-Mind programming and has transferred these programs to the School of Continuing Studies (SCS).

SCS very much wanted to continue issuing certificates for The Centre’s MBCT and MBSR facilitation programs. However SCS’s financial model would have resulted in a significant increase in course fees. In order to protect the affordability of the MBCT and MBSR facilitation certificate programs, The Centre has decided not to move these programs to the SCS.

There is no change to The Centre’s MBCT and MBSR facilitation programs, and they will continue to meet the highest standards of mindfulness-based training.

All people who meet FIFSW’s transitional provisions may obtain a joint certificate from FIFSW and The Centre, provided the certificate request is submitted to The Centre by December 15, 2017.

Going forward, for those who do not meet the FIFSW’s transitional provisions, certificates will be issued solely by The Centre for Mindfulness Studies.