Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (MTPC):
Group Leader Training

November 7-10, 2019


Mindfulness Training in Primary Care (MTPC) Group Leader Training is a 4-day experiential group leader training with a mix of didactic, individual, and small group exercises designed to help attendees learn basic mindfulness group leading skills for clinical settings, and build the foundation to deliver Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (MTPC), the 8-week, trauma-informed, therapeutic mindfulness intervention. MTPC is an insurance-reimbursable mindfulness program shown to be effective for helping primary care patients with anxiety, depression and stress to increase their capacity for health behavior change, self-compassion, body awareness, and emotion regulation. You can learn more about MTPC as an insurance-reimbursable mindfulness program in our published research article.

Who is this training for?

This training is appropriate for professionals in the health care, community health, education, mindfulness research, mindfulness intervention, and leadership fields. Once qualified to lead MTPC, licensed clinicians will know how to adapt the curriculum so that licensed mental health clinicians can bill their groups as group psychotherapy and primary care providers can run as group medical visits within primary care clinics. Groups are covered by nearly all health insurance payers with the group being insurance-reimbursable for greater than 99% of all enrolled patients in 3 clinical studies to date. If you have a question about whether this group leader training is right for you, please contact us at cmc@challiance.org or 617-591-6132.

Dates: November 7 - 10, 2019


  • 8:30am - 4:30pm on Thursday, November 7

  • 8:30am - 4:30pm on Friday, November 8

  • 8:30am - 5:00pm on Saturday, November 9

  • 9:30am - 5:00pm on Sunday, November 10

Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 1035 Cambridge St, Suite 21A, Cambridge, MA 02141



  • Regular registration: $1,200

  • 28 CE credits: $140

  • Group rates: We would like to support organizations and help you transform your healthcare system integrating mindfulness into primary care. Refer others from your healthcare organization and receive 25% off for each person who registers! They will also receive 25% off their registration if they give the name of the person in their healthcare organization who referred them. Please contact us to participate in the group discount program at cmc@challiance.org.

Registration includes a bound copy of the MTPC manual.


  • Fill out the application form. You will be contacted about the next steps once your application is approved;

  • Complete a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course;

  • Have the willingness to commit to a daily mindfulness/compassion practice for at least 6 months following the training and while leading groups as part of MTPC. It is not necessary to have a clinical degree to attend the training. However, in order to lead MTPC as a clinical treatment and bill to insurance, you must be a licensed mental health or primary care clinician.

Scholarships: available for Massachusetts OBOT clinicians, underrepresented minorities, and those with financial need. Apply for scholarship here.

For CHA Staff and staff of a CMC grant-partnering institution: Due to research grants as well as the generosity of the CHA Department of Psychiatry and CHA Wellness, CMC will cover the registration for MTPC Group Leader Training if you agree to lead 2 MTPC groups as a clinical intervention with weekly videoconference supervision with CMC staff during the groups.

CE credits: 28 credit hours pending for social workers and psychologists

  • Psychologists: CMC is cosponsoring with The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy to provide credit hours approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • Social Workers: Applications for social work CE credits  through NASW and psychologist CE credits through the American Psychological Association have been submitted.

After the training: Individuals who complete the training will have basic skills required to lead mindfulness groups in a variety of settings, including clinical settings. Those wishing to lead the specific MTPC intervention will be required to pair with MTPC faculty for weekly mentorship for the first two groups that they lead following this training. Individuals who have co-led two groups with mentorship may apply for Level 1 Certification which will certify them to lead without mentorship in the future.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact us! cmc@challiance.org | 617-591-6132

Refund policy: There is a $75 registration fee if cancelling at least 8 days the training. 50% refund can be between 7 days and 2 days before the training. No Refund is available if cancellation is within 48 hours before the start of the training.