Learn to Teach MBSR

The MBSR Facilitation Certificate is an internationally-recognized training to become an MBSR teacher.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empirically-supported 8-week psycho-educational group that teaches mindfulness meditation as a health intervention. Created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, MBSR offers participants the possibility to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions. Research has demonstrated improved physical, psychological, and behavioural outcomes.  
This rigorous certificate program developed to train the teaching competencies set out in the Bangor, Exeter and Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria.



MBSR Facilitation Certificate

Certificate Description & Prerequisites

The purpose of the MBSR 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, have an advanced degree, or obtain explicit prior approval from The Centre.

All participants pursuing the certificate program must:

  • Hold a professional clinical designation, have an advanced degree, or obtain explicit prior approval from The Centre (see the How To Apply section below)
  • Have a daily mindfulness practice (meditation and/or movement)
  • Complete an 8-week MBSR program as a participant
  • Participate in a total of 5-7 day silent retreat prior to taking the MBSR 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)

Mindfulness Core Concepts

Learn about the research and application of mindfulnessThis one-day highly experiential workshop will introduce participants to the origins, principles and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions. More…

MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat

Train to facilitate MBSR programs with Susan Woods. This teacher training intensive will teach the foundational underpinnings, mindfulness practices and specific exercises that are the framework of the MBSR program. More…

MBSR Mentorship

Mentoring in most therapeutic domains is considered essential for competency. Novice MBSR facilitators often require ongoing mentorship for issues that arise during the MBSR 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, September 7, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Friday, September 8, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Start: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Professional Development

Start: Friday, September 8, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-09-08 13:30:00
Start: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-09-11 13:30:00
Start: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-09-14 13:30:00
Start: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-10-06 13:30:00

University of Toronto Transitional Provisions

Details on the Transitional Provisions

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.

How to Apply for your MBSR 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.