Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

The Practicum in MBSR is an in-depth training program offering you an opportunity to:

  • Immerse yourself in the Center for Mindfulness approach to the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program,practicum
  • Study the curriculum, program flow, and contextual and theoretical background of MBSR,
  • Inquire and reflect on a range of issues arising out of the experience and principles of MBSR,
  • Prepare and lead a seminar presentation that includes mindfulness practice, theory, and application, and
  • Familiarize yourself with perspectives on learning, growing, human development, and healing inherent in the MBSR curriculum.

There are two versions of the Practicum in MBSR: an Eight-week Practicum and a Nine-day Practicum. See complete program descriptions below.

Practicum Learning Objectives

  • Educate health care and other professionals in the principles of MBSR.
  • Discuss and analyze the theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical, and scientific underpinnings of MBSR.
  • Examine MBSR within the larger fields of mind-body and integrative medicine.
  • Review and critique MBSR and other mindfulness-based research and scientific literature.
  • Foster a coherent, active international network of MBSR professionals.

Practicum Prerequisites

  • Completion of an eight-week MBSR course as a participant.  *Note: If you do not have a live 8 Week MBSR class in your area, participation in the MBSR Online course offered through Sounds True and Mindfulness Tools: a 5 day Residential Intensive Program, fulfills this prerequisite. If you are choosing this option and intend on applying for the 9 Day Practicum in MBSR, you must take Mindfulness Tools as a stand-alone course first. The embedded Mindfulness Tools portion of the 9 Day Practicum in MBSR does not count toward this prerequisite
  • Participation in one or more 5-10 day silent, teacher led mindfulness meditation retreats (preference will be given to those who have completed more than one retreat).
  • Regular daily mindfulness meditation practice.

The Eight-week Practicum

The Eight-week Practicum is a unique forum for immersing yourself in the experience an MBSR course taught by a senior CFM teacher. Coupling the MBSR program with a weekly professional seminar offers you a direct experience of the impact of MBSR in your life, meditation practice, and profession. Since its inception in 1981, more than 2,000 professionals have completed this program. As a participant in the Eight-week Practicum you will be asked to:

  • Participate in a pre-program Practicum orientation and post-program closure (each 4.5 hours long).
  • Participate in the eight-week MBSR course. This includes weekly classes of approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours and one full-day session on a weekend during the program.
  • Engage in weekly 3-hour Practicum seminar class focused on integrating the experience of the MBSR course through dialogue with your teacher and other Practicum participants.  The Practicum seminar class meets on the same day as the MBSR class.
  • Create brief presentations and reflect upon reading assignments.
  • Guide other seminar participants in mindfulness practices incorporated in the MBSR curriculum.
  • Discuss professional, institutional, and administrative aspects of the work relevant to your background and career path.

We offer day and afternoon/evening sessions of the Eight-Week Practicum, which usually occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Examples of Day & Evening Schedules

Day: MBSR class 9:00 – 11:30am*

Practicum seminar 12:30 – 3:30pm

 or

Evening:  Practicum seminar 1:30 – 4:30pm

MBSR class 6:00 – 8:30pm*

*Note: the first and last class are extended by a half-hour and one hour, respectively


If you have a scheduling preference, please let us know in your application letter. We will do our best to accommodate your request, but we cannot guarantee that you'll be placed in your first-choice session.

Note: Graduate credit is available for the Eight-Week Practicum through Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. If you are interested in this credit option, please indicate your interest in your application and the Oasis Coordinator will send you details regarding the registration process, upon your acceptance. 

The Nine-day Practicum

The Nine-day Practicum is designed for professional trainees who live at a significant distance from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Practicum participants will be asked to:

  • Participate in Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe, a five-day residential program offered by the CFM. This challenging residential workshop is based upon the 8-week MBSR curriculum.
  • Participate in a four-day intensive professional seminar focused on integrating the experience of the Mindfulness Tools course through dialogue with your teachers and other Practicum participants.
  • Complete reading assignments relevant to the course prior to attendance.
  • Create brief presentations and reflect upon reading assignments.
  • Guide other seminar participants in mindfulness practices incorporated in the MBSR curriculum.
  • Discuss professional, institutional, and administrative aspects of the work relevant to your background and career path.

Program Dates

Eight-Week Practicum
(at the Center for Mindfulness, Shrewsbury, MA)

Spring 2014: April 28 – June 20, 2014

  • Two sections available: Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Application Deadline has passed
  • Instructors: Lynn Koerbel and Paul Galvin

Summer 2014: June 23 – August 15, 2014

  • One section available: Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Application Deadline: April 25, 2014 Deadline extended until May 9, 2014
  • Instructor: Lynn Koerbel

Program Fees:

Application fee: $50, non-refundable and payable to the CFM upon submission of the application.
Practicum Tuition: $1,890, payable to the CFM upon acceptance   

 


Nine-Day Residential Intensive

Programs in the USA

Summer 2014 - USA: June 8 - June 17, 2014: First 5 days at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY. Final 4 days in Norwood, MA

  • Application Deadline has passed
  • Instructors: Florence Meleo-Meyer and Lynn Koerbel

Program Fees for USA Nine-Day Practicum courses:

Application fee: $50, non-refundable and payable to the CFM upon submission of the application.
Practicum Tuition: $1,890, payable to the CFM upon acceptance.

Additional costs and information:

  • The Nine-Day Practicum also requires an additional $510* tuition fee for the included Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe workshop.
  • Registration for the Mindfulness Tools workshop should be made after acceptance notification for the 9-Day Intensive Practicum. Instructions on how to register for Mindfulness Tools will be given with the acceptance letter for Practicum.
  • Applicants should budget approximately $200 per night (for a single Queen Room), plus tax for room and meals for Norwood, MA and $223 per night, plus tax for Petaluma, CA. Exact costs will be include in the acceptance letters.

    *Tuition for Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe is subject to change.

Programs outside of the USA

Summer 2014 -

July 6-15, 2014: Fraterna Domus in Rome, Italy; Hosted by the Center for Mindfulness and Motus Mundi

  • Application Deadline has passed
  • Instructors: Florence Meleo-Meyer and Saki Santorelli

Application fee: $50, non-refundable and payable to CFM upon submission of the application.
Practicum tuition: €1.880 plus VAT 22% (total is € 2.293,60) 

Additional information:

  • Registration for the Mindfulness Tools workshop should be made after acceptance notification for the 9-Day Intensive Practicum. Instructions on how to register for Mindfulness Tools will be given with the acceptance letter for Practicum.
  • Residency is required for this program. Room and meals are additional. For more information about the location, please contact: Franco Cucchio, Director Centro per la Mindfulness Motus Mundi: info@motusmundi.it 

Fall 2014 -

September 22-October 1, 2014: Hof Oberlethe, Germany; Hosted by the Center for Mindfulness and Arbor Seminare

  • Application Deadline: June 27, 2014
  • Instructors: Elana Rosenbaum and Robert Smith

Application fee: $50, non-refundable and payable to CFM upon submission of the application.
Practicum tuition: €1.390

  • The Nine-Day Practicum also requires an additional €490,00 tuition fee for the included Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe workshop.
  • Registration for the Mindfulness Tools workshop should be made after acceptance notification for the 9-Day Intensive Practicum.  Instructions on how to register for Mindfulness Tools will be given with the acceptance letter for the Practicum.
  • Residency is required for this program.  Hotel and meals are additional.  For more information about the location, please contact: Thomas Maier at Arbor Seminare: maier@arbor-seminare.de 

October 1-10, 2014: Glenview Hotel in Wicklow, Ireland; Hosted by the Center for Mindfulness and Ananda Programmes

  • Application Deadline: July 7, 2014
  • Instructors: To Be Announced

Application fee: $50, non-refundable and payable to the CFM upon submission of the application.
Practicum tuition: €1820

Additional costs and information:

  • The Nine-Day Practicum also requires an additional €480 tuition fee for the included Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe workshop.
  • Registration for the Mindfulness Tools workshop should be made after acceptance notification for the 9-Day Intensive Practicum. Instructions on how to register for Mindfulness Tools will be given with the acceptance letter for the Practicum.
  • Residency is required for this program.  Hotel and meals are additional.  For more information about the location, please contact: Anne Twohig at Ananda Programmes: anne@ananda.ie or visit: www.ananda.ie

  

 

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How to Apply

Please apply using our online application form. You will need to have your CV/Resume available on your computer before you begin filling out the application form because you will attach it to the application form and you cannot submit the form without the CV/Resume. The CV/Resume should be in MS Word or PDF format.

***  Please click here for the application form.

Application Fee

After you submit your application, you must pay a $50 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable, regardless of your final acceptance status.

You have three options for paying this application fee:

  1. Click here to make an online payment using MasterCard or Visa; or
  2. Call our office at 508-856-1637 to make a credit card payment over the phone (we can accept payment with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards over the phone); or
  3. Mail a check payable to UMMS-CFM to:

    Center for Mindfulness
    UMass Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester, MA 01655
    Attention: Oasis

Click HERE to access a program calendar and information about tuition and fees, continuing education credits, and registration.