M.B.S.R. Training Certificate
After full participation in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction online training program, an optional ‘Certificate of Completion’ is available.
The M.B.S.R. ‘Certificate of Completion’, may provide the basis and gateway for achieving mindfulness certification at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
For more training and MBSR certification details: Phone Ross at 1-519-648-2985
Question: Can I teach MBSR after taking this course? (MBSR Certification)
No, Taking a MBSR 8 week program does not allow for the teaching of the M.B.S.R. program.
To become a MBSR teacher first requires being accepted and then trained through the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
BUT, completing this 9 lesson MBSR online program, fulfills the first requirement of acceptance into the MBSR teacher training.
Note: You can receive a ‘Certificate of Completion’ with of this MBSR Online course.
The Process of MBSR Certification:
MBSR Teacher Training Path
Phase 1: Beginnings
• Completion of 8 week or intensive MBSR course as a participant
• Participation in at least one silent, teacher-led, 5-10 day mindfulness meditation retreat.
• Daily meditation practice for a least one year
Phase 2: Ongoing Training
• Practicum in MBSR
• Preliminary teaching experience (short classes and workshops)
• Ongoing relevant personal and professional education and training; regular mindfulness meditation and retreat practice; and yoga and other body-awareness practice
Phase 3: Developing Teaching Skills
• Co-teaching with a designated mentoring teacher for 2-3 MBSR course offerings (alternatively the Teacher Development Intensive course could be completed in lieu of mentoring)
• Review of video of your teaching of week 5 by MBSR Ottawa
• Completion of online teaching modules (still to be developed)
• Completion of a 2nd silent, teacher-led, 5-10 day mindfulness meditation retreat.
By successfully completing the above you will have the minimum qualifications for beginning to teach the complete MBSR course on your own.
Professional Certification vs. Certificate Program
Certificate programs are a growing segment of the continuing education marketplace. These programs generally recognize a relatively narrow scope of specialized knowledge used in performing duties or tasks required by a certain profession or occupation.
Issues to Think About When Considering a Certificate Program
|For Attendees||For CE Providers|
Difference Between Professional Certification and Certificate Program
Often organizations that develop certificate programs incorrectly call them certification programs. Be an informed consumer and educate yourself about the important differences.
Professional certification is the voluntary process by which a non-governmental entity grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria.
A certificate program is a training program on a specialized topic for which participants receive a certificate after completing the course and passing an assessment instrument.
Note: This is not to be confused with the commonly used “certificate of attendance” given at the completion of many continuing education courses to validate attendance.
To clarify the distinction between certificate and certification a comparison chart has been provided below.**
|Results from an educational process.||Results from an assessment process.|
|For both newcomers and experienced professionals alike.||Typically requires some amount of professional experience.|
|Awarded by educational program providers or institutions.||Awarded by a third party, standard-setting organization.|
|Indicates completion of a course or series of courses with specific focus; is different than a degree granting program.||Indicates mastery/competency as measured against a defensible set of standards, usually by application or exam.|
|Course content set a variety of ways (faculty committee, dean, instructor); occasionally through defensible analysis of topic area.||Standards set through a defensible, industry-wide process (job analysis/role delineation) that results in an outline of required knowledge and skills.|
|Usually listed on a resume detailing education; may issue a document to hang on the wall.||Typically results in a designation to use after one’s name (CCC-SLP, CCC-A.); may result in a document to hang or to keep in a wallet.|
|Is the end result; demonstrates knowledge of course content at the end of a set period in time.||Has ongoing requirements in order to maintain; holder must demonstrate he/she continues to meet requirements. For example, SLPs, audiologists, and other allied health professionals are required to complete annual CEUs to keep their certifications.|
|May provide the basis and gateway for achieving a degree.||No relationship with attaining higher education or degree.|