MBCT Facilitation Certificate

We offer certificate programs 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 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. To our knowledge, this is the only specialized program for MBCT facilitation in Canada.

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. The MBCT modality follows an 8-week, group therapy curriculum.

See an outline of the MBCT Certificate Program on a printable PDF here.

MBCT Facilitation Certificate

Certificate Description & Prerequisites

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 have a professional clinical designation or obtain explicit prior approval from The Centre.

This is an attendance-based program and does not assess competency. Completing this certificate program allows trainees to move on to the Supervised MBCT Facilitator Certification, a competency-based program.

All participants pursuing the certificate program must:

  • Hold a professional clinical designation or obtain explicit prior approval from The Centre (see the How To Apply section below)
  • Have a daily mindfulness practice
  • Complete an 8-week MBCT program as a participant (Please note that the MBCT in 2-Days program offered by The Centre is not considered a replacement for the 8-Week MBCT program in terms of completing this prerequisite; If you are unable to participate in an in-person 8-week MBCT program, The Centre will accept the completion of MindfulNoggin’s 8-week online course Mindful Mood Balance for Professionals – MMB-Pro)
  • Participate in a total of 5-7 day silent retreat prior to taking the MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat (Please note that a 7-day silent retreat is ideal while a 5-day silent retreat is sufficient; If you are unable to participate in a 5-7 day silent retreat, The Centre will accept the completion of a 3-day silent retreat as well as a 2-day silent retreat; In exceptional circumstances, we may also accept a 3-day silent retreat combined with the completion of two 1-day silent retreats – please obtain explicit approval from The Centre before pursuing this last option)

“The starting point for those wishing to teach MBCT for recurrent depression is to have had accredited training in counseling or psychotherapy or as a mental health professional with experience in mood disorders. In addition, training in behavioral or cognitive therapy or an equivalent evidence-based approach to depression, as well as experience in running groups, is needed. Although we do not insist that someone have full training in cognitive therapy, it is essential to have an understanding of depression vulnerability from the perspective of cognitive theory – through such understanding our treatments have progressed over the years. Recognizing the patterns of thoughts and feelings that create vulnerability both refines the actual teaching of mindfulness and enhances its relevance to class participants.”

– Segal, Z., & Teasdale, J. (n.d.). The Eight-Session Program. I)n M. Williams (Ed.),
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (pp. 78-79).

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…

MBCT Facilitation Mentorship

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…

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…

Personal Programs

Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00 am
Start: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Professional Development

Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:00 am
Start: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 9:30 am

MBCT Facilitation Certificate 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.

In addition to the University of Toronto transitional provisions described in the letter above, the Applied MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program changed in 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: Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate prior to June 15, 2016
  • Apply for your Level 1: Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate by December 15, 2017 (see the How to Apply section below)
  • Complete all five of the facilitation modules of Level 1: Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate by December 31, 2017

If you are grandfathered, you must still complete the Mentorship in MBCT Facilitation for two MBCT groups (at least 22 hours of mentorship) to receive the Level 2: Supervised MBCT Facilitation Certification.

How to Apply for your MBCT Facilitation Certificate

To apply to have a course or experience from another institution considered towards the completion of your certificate, please complete the Alternative Module Request Form and mail it to along with the required payments.