Upcoming Professional Trainings

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Professional Training

“A marvelous experience. The training exceeded my expectations.”  Diana, Virginia

Description: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) uses mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy to break the cycle of depression. MBCT is an innovative program designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression. Based on the research of Drs. Zindel Segal, John Teasdale, and Mark Williams, and documented in their book Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, this professional training combines the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. Through role-playing, simulated classroom, and patient-practitioner encounters, we learn to apply mindfulness practices in teaching MBCT to clients. Throughout the training, the importance of the clinician’s own meditation practice and self-inquiry will be explored, especially around how to bring the self-knowledge gained through sustained meditative practice to bear on helping clients in emotional distress.

Please note: This 4-day training is part of the MBCT professional certificate training at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies (CMS). This course is the equivalent of the 5-Day MBCT Teacher Training at CMS.  To learn more about MBCT, visit mbct.com.

Susan Woods

Susan Woods

Instructor: Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW
  Thursday, September 26 - Sunday, September 29, 2019. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm each day
Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, Community Space, 1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 21A, Cambridge MA
Cost: Early Bird Rate through Friday, August 9, 2019 : $1,190 
Regular Rate from Saturday, August 10 through Wednesday, September 25, 2019:  $1,390
POC/Minority and need-based scholarships available. Apply at: www.chacmc.org/scholarship. 50% off for CHA patients and staff. Tuition reimbursement available for benefits-eligible. Contact us for details.
CE Credits: 26 CE Credit Hours pending for psychologists, social workers and nurses.

“100% Excellent.  I am eager to offer the MBCT program to my patients.”  Mathew, New York

“Absolutely excellent!  Susan Woods is an extraordinary and generous teacher.  The model for teaching was transformative.” Pat, Florida

Training Participant Requirements:

  1. Those attending this training should be either licensed clinicians in a mental health field, clinicians-in-training, or interested professionals who do not intend to deliver the intervention directly but have other professional interests in the topic (i.e. researchers, administrators, etc.).

  2. All participants should have at least a modest regular meditation practice and an established practice is preferred.

  3. All participants will have taken the 8-week MBCT or MBSR course. 

  4. All participants will have an understanding of cognitive behavioral techniques.

  5. All participants will have  familiarity with working with the models of depression.

  6. All participants will have experience working with group process.

  7. As a requirement for enrolling in this the training, we ask that all participants complete a participant background form - there will be an email sent with a link to the background form. You may register and complete payment for the course understanding that the background form is an additional step that must be completed for enrollment. We will contact you regarding the form only if there is a concern. Otherwise, course payment and completion of the form confirms registration for the training.

  8. Prior to the Course training, we ask participants to read the 2nd edition of the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression book by Zindel Segal, J. Mark Williams and John Teasdale.

Questions? cmc@challiance.org | 617-591-6132

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Teacher Training (MBCPTT)


Description: A robust, year-long program with the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation. If you or others within your community may be interested in learning to teach Mindfulness-Based Childbirth (MBCP), feel free to reach out with questions, find more information at www.mindfulbirthing.org/teach. Applications for the program are now open.  

Past Professional Trainings

4-Day Group Leader Training: Mindfulness Training for Primary Care

Description: 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 increase their capacity for health behavior change, self-compassion, body awareness, and emotion regulation.

Dates: March 15 - 18, 2019. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm each day
CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 21A, Cambridge MA 02141
Cost: $1000
Deadline: March 8. Registration includes a bound copy of the MTPC manual.
Scholarships: available for CHA staff, Massachusetts OBOT clinicians, underrepresented minorities, and those with financial need: www.chacmc.org/scholarship
CE credits: Pending for social workers, nurses, and psychologists. If you are interested in CMEs or other forms of continuing education credit, please contact cmc@challiance.org to see what may be possible.

1) Fill out the application form (see below)
2) Complete a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course
3) Willingness to commit to a daily mindfulness/compassion practice for at least 6 months following the training and while leading groups.  

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.  

Post-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.

Questions? cmc@challiance.org | 617-591-6132

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