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MBSR-Israel Teacher Training Certification Program

The MBSR-Israel Teacher Training Certification Program provides participants with a deep understanding and application of the essence of mindfulness as delivered in the MBSR course. The program is suitable both for those who plan to teach the classic 8-week basic course, as well as for those who might not end up teaching the course but who seek a thorough grounding in it in order to integrate more fully into their personal lives and/or their work.

Overview of the MBSR training course:

  • MBSR Israel – Level 1 (The Practicum): a ten-week training program built around participation in the 8-week course. 70 hours of instruction.
  • MBSR Israel –Level 2: Core Training in MBSR: 2 five-day modules providing 90 hours of intensive immersion in all didactic and experiential aspects of the MBSR curriculum.
  • MBSR Israel – Level 3: Supervised student teaching

Overview of the MBSR training course:


MBSR-Israel – Level 1: “The Practicum”: 10 Week Training Program

This first level of training is embedded within an 8-week MBSR course, in which trainees participate fully as participant-observers. In addition, trainees participate in weekly 5-hour didactic and experiential professional training seminars allowing for an in-depth exploration of the curriculum as it unfolds from week to week. Experiencing the course from these multiple vantage points allows trainees to familiarize themselves with the curriculum while exploring, on a more personal level, the range of issues that arise in the course and the practices. Developed in alignment with the Training Guidelines of the Center for Mindfulness in the US, the Practicum is one of the foundational training programs of the MBSR-Israel Teacher Training certification program for professionals intending to teach MBSR or adapt the principles of MBSR into their current professional practices.

MBSR-Israel Level 2: In-Depth Training in Content and Process in MBSR

MBSR Israel Level 2 is an in-depth exploration of the MBSR curriculum, both content and process. The theoretical, philosophical and scientific underpinnings of the course will be thoroughly reviewed. Trainees will develop competency through discussion, relevant readings, role-play and feedback within the training cohort. Group process, the process of inquiry, the creation of a safe learning environment and other pedagogical and psycho-educational issues will be explored, as will practical, administrative and business aspects of running MBSR programs. Attention will be paid to participants’ personal process. Trainees will keep a journal of their own development. They will be encouraged to begin developing their own teaching and support materials. They will also be expected to hone their teaching skills by guiding friends, colleagues, and associates (non-clinical populations) in the various practices and to bring feedback from these experiences to the training cohort for review and discussion. At the completion of Level 2, trainees must demonstrate mastery of the curriculum through successful completion of a written proficiency exam and exhibit teaching proficiency at a “live” teaching of an “all-day” class.

MBSR-Israel – Level 3: Supervised Student Teaching

Trainees will recruit and teach an entire MBSR course for which they will prepare their own teaching and support materials. They will be supervised in regularly-scheduled weekly sessions to review the progress of the course as reflected in weekly notes/reports on the teaching experience, written personal reflections, and review of video/audio tapes.

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