Mindfulness Core Concepts

Learn about the applications of mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) in contemporary society.

This training is for professionals to learn about the use of mindfulness in healthcare, social services, education, and the community. It emphasizes the two core MBPs – Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – and serves as the first training module for the Centre’s certificate training pathways. It also covers Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and surveys the many other applications including how mindfulness is used as a tool for personal and professional resilience.

This workshop moves between didactic and experiential practices to cover the historical, theoretical, and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness. It includes an introduction to the three most common MBPs (MBCT, MBSR, MSC), as well as other clinical and educational applications of mindfulness. The experiential workshop explores how mindfulness is increasingly used to address stress, depression, anxiety, and other challenges in contemporary society. Participants are given the opportunity to lead a short mindfulness practice in smaller groups with feedback from the teacher(s).

Learning Objectives:

  • To be able to define mindfulness
  • To experience a number of introductory mindfulness practices and the post-meditation inquiry process that support these
  • To gain an introductory understanding of the three most common MBPs (MBCT, MBSR, MSC) while surveying other clinical and educational applications of mindfulness
  • To understand and appreciate the historical and theoretical roots of contemporary mindfulness
  • To explore the evidence-base and mechanisms of mindfulness
  • To investigate the limitations and current controversies in the field today

Participants Will Learn
• How to define mindfulness and explore its theoretical and historical underpinnings
• The contemporary applications of mindfulness in healthcare and other settings
• To experience and reflect on mindfulness practices
• To explore the application of mindfulness practices to managing stress, everyday life and difficult situations

Technical Requirements for Online Version

Who Should Attend*

This introductory course is meant for general interest and professional development. It is most suitable for those interested in the professional application of mindfulness including those working in healthcare, social service, education, and other sectors. It is suitable for professionals looking to explore mindfulness for personal and professional resilience but is not a substitute for clinical mindfulness-based programs such as MBCT, MBSR, MSC. There is no prerequisite for this course.

If you are pursuing the MBSR Facilitation Certificate and you have prior formal mindfulness training, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

How many Continuing Education Credits (CECs)?

Timing: 9 hours of in-class training

Fee: $475
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

* This course is for continuing professional development only and is not to be taken for assistance with personal concerns such as anxiety, depression or other difficult mind and mood states. 

I thoroughly enjoyed taking Mindfulness Core Concepts. It was packed with in-depth information and it encouraged meaningful discussion and participation. I especially appreciated the use of the breakouts to engage in small group activities, the convenience and accessibility of taking the program online, and I truly feel confident that I have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mindfulness after completing the course.
Lourdes Pereira

Upcoming Courses

Mindfulness Core Concepts Online 22-333-01

Start: Monday, November 15, 2021
Facilitator(s): Evan Collins MD & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)