Program Components:

1. Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI) Training (approximately 11 hours/week):

Fellows will be trained to co-lead Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (MTPC) following empirically supported protocols. Opportunities to lead introductory mindfulness groups adapted for people with trauma, addiction, or severe mental illness may be available. In addition to leading weekly groups, fellows are responsible for intake evaluations, assessing for appropriate placement in primary care mindfulness or Mindful Mental Health Service (MMHS), record keeping, and participation in administrative meetings. CMC manages MBI programs to meet evidence-based standards. Fellows participate in the MMHS weekly team meeting and MTPC group supervision when leading groups. Fellows also will have opportunities to participate as participant-observer volunteers in non-clinical MBIs at CMC, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

2. Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Training (approximately 6 hours/week):

Trainees provide individual mindfulness-based psychotherapy for approximately 4 clinical cases/week, receiving approximately 2 hours/week of clinical supervision from IMP/CHA/CMC faculty through the Mindful Mental Health Service clinic specializing in such interventions. Individual therapy is offered as an option for CHA patients who are graduates of MBI groups or those who are not able to participate in group-based program for compelling reasons. Additional psychotherapeutic mentorship in related modalities of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or Internal Family Systems can be arranged for specific cases for interested fellows.

3. Didactic, Personal, and Experiential Training (approximately 3 hours/week):

For 8 years, IMP has offered a systematic combined online and live academic-year Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. The program includes recorded video lectures by leading clinicians and researchers in the field covering many aspects of the integration of mindfulness practices into psychotherapy, readings, section discussions, and evening “office hours” in which students interact with expert presenters. This is supplemented by an intensive residential meditation retreat experience, as well as ongoing instruction in meditation practice by seasoned instructors. The didactic aspect of this program is free of charge to fellows, including office hours with seasoned IMP faculty. Fellows are expected to use continuing education funds through CHA employee benefits to cover the room/board expenses of participation in a residential retreat. Fellows have free access to most CMC programs and events during their fellowship year.

4. Leadership, Integration of Mindfulness with Healthcare Systems, Teaching, and Academic Training :

Fellows are invited to participate in developing leadership skills essential for integration of mindfulness in healthcare, including service administration, program development and process improvement over the course of the fellowship. Fellows are encouraged to participate in an academic project in collaboration with CMC faculty, and are expected to participate in CHA Academic Poster Day, Harvard Osher Integrative Medicine Forum, and Harvard Psychiatry Day. Fellows also have the opportunity to teach medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and other trainees on the Mindful Mental Health Service. Fellows have the opportunity to have mentorship with people in specialty areas.