Learn to Facilitate MBCT
The MBCT Facilitation Certificate is an internationally-recognized training for healthcare professionals to become mindfulness teachers. This is the only specialized program for MBCT facilitation in Canada.
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. It follows an 8-week, group therapy curriculum.
MBCT Facilitation Certificate
Description & Prerequisites
The purpose of the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitation Certificate is to provide learners with a level of training to enable them to offer this modality to the public.
This is an attendance-based program and does not assess competency. Completing this certificate program allows trainees to move on to the Advanced Facilitation Certification, a competency-based program.
All participants pursuing the certificate program must:
- Hold a professional clinical designation or obtain prior approval
- Have a daily mindfulness practice
- Complete an 8-week MBCT program as a participant
- Participate in a total of 5-7 day silent retreat* prior to taking the MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat
“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).
*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)
Mentoring in most therapeutic domains is considered essential for competency.
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.
Mentorship Transition Provisions
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 MBCT Facilitation Certificate and correspondingly reduce the mentorship requirements for the Advanced Facilitation Certification.
In order to be grandfathered in the old MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have completed one of the modules of the MBCT Facilitation Certificate prior to June 15, 2016
- Apply for your MBCT Facilitation Certificate by December 15, 2017 (see the How to Apply section below)
- Complete all five of the facilitation modules of 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 Advanced Facilitation Certification.
How to Apply for your MBCT Facilitation Certificate
- To apply for the certificate, complete the online MBCT Facilitation Certificate Request Form and submit payment via cash, cheque, or TicketLeap
- To apply to have a course or experience from another institution considered towards the completion of your certificate, please complete one of the following Alternative Module Request Forms: