Level II: MBP Teaching, Supervision and Certification

Enrolment in the Level II program is for those wishing to specfically teach MBSR and MBCT after completing the preparatory work of Level I.  Teaching and supervision is where you begin to learn about the process of teaching, and develop and hone your skills.   For some detailed information about the supervision process, please click here. 

It involves a deeper immersion into the development of a professional teaching practice including emphasis on context, assessment, curriculum, inquiry, group process, embodiment and authenticity. Click here for the costs of the Level II program. Prerequisites include:

  • Successful completion of Level I or equivalent (including a silent mindfulness retreat)
  • Engaging regularly in a personal mindfulness meditation practice
  • Regular practice in contemplative body-based classes (e.g. Hatha yoga, T'ai Chi, Chi Gung)
  • Having a professional background which involves working with people (in a clinical, educational or communications area)
  • Requisite relational skills (personal and interpersonal qualities e.g. genuineness, compassion, warmth, empathy, potency)

It involves:

Application and assessment interview to proceed to Level II

This interview is a joint exploration of where you are at in terms of beginning teaching and what support and you might need. Topics will include: feedback about your participation in the Level I Intensive and Study Module, supervision arrangements, self-relflection your abilities in terms of the MBI TAC, matters to do with personal practice and any other issues which seem important arising out of the Level I program.  Out of this discussion, you may be asked to take more time for integration of your own practice and understanding through reading, retreats, teachings and other training before proceeding to the challenges of Level II teaching and supervision.

In some circumstances, a student will be asked not to proceed into Level II (and therefore not move into teaching) if there are issues which impact their ability to teach MBSR/CT.  This might involve a lack of relational skills and capacities, an inability to safely 'hold' a group or an inability to embody the practice of mindfulness sufficiently to teach others with congruence.   Some developmental steps may be discussed to assist with developing the necessary skills and capacities so that they may be able to move into Level II eventually, but this is not guaranteed.

Begin teaching either MBSR or MBCT eight week courses

There is no set requirement of how many courses you will teach before applying for certification.  For most students the process takes between 2 to 3 years and we envision that between 3 and 8 rounds of MBI classes may be required for different trainees to become confident in their role and in the skills, knowledge and wisdom involved in teaching. This will obviously depend on various factors including your level of experience of mindfulness meditation and retreats, familiarity with movement practice as well as entry-level teaching and clinical skills. In some cases, additional supervision hours or trainings on relevant teaching-related skills may be included in your supervision plan.

Attending Teacher Development Retreats (recommended but not required)

Once you have completed Level 1, you are welcome to join other trainees in Teacher Development Retreats. This are held annually and are an opportunity to further develop and hone your teaching skills and knowledge, as well as developing a more secure, grounded relationship with yourself in teaching. We intend the TDRs to contribute to an ongoing emergence of integration in our bodies, hearts and minds through practice, teaching, reflection and investigation.

Ongoing silent retreats (6 - 10 days)

Ongoing  silent retreats to deepen and enrich understanding and embodiment of the practice

Supervision of teaching work 

Consultation in the form of supervision is not an added extra but a primary part of the training process.  The process fosters precision and comprehensiveness in the teaching of mindfulness groups, and encourages an authentic exploration of unexamined habits and patterns that hinder effectiveness in teaching and living. Supervision is about creating a space which is dedicated to investigating, understanding and honing teaching skills, including assessment, group process, leading practices, didactic presentations and inquiry as well as curriculum and class structure. Regular supervision - whether with a more senior teacher or in peer groups - is encouraged throughout one's teaching career.  

This in-depth process of support, guidance, exploratory dialogue and precise feedback will offer you the self-review skills and clarity about your own level of proficiency, which you can take forward as part of your life long learning as mindfulness teachers. The development of the following competencies based on the MBI-TAC will be supported:

  1. Coverage, pacing and organization of session curriculum
  2. Relational skills
  3. Embodiment of mindfulness
  4. Guiding mindfulness practices
  5. Conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching
  6. Management of group learning environment

At a minimum, you will complete 8 hours of supervision (pro-rata) in a group or individual supervision context.  For your first couple of rounds of teaching,  meeting weekly with your supervisor is recommended.   Many students will require more hours of supervision than this set minimum.  Most MBSR and MBCT teachers continue supervision throughout their teaching career, moving from paid supervision into peer supervision eventually.  

Supervision can be conducted by phone, Skype or in person. 

We strongly encourage you to begin using some form of recording (audio or video) immediately so that you can share your teaching moments with your supervisor.   (VRP-7 is an excellent phone app which does high quality recording very easily.  Just download it on to your phone! Here are some instructions about how to use it.)  We have found that process notes do not give enough detail to be so helpful in the learning.   Even if you have not started teaching MBSR or MBCT, you may wish to get supervision (using audio) on your leading of shorter workshops etc.  as supervision is not about ticking a box, but about your learning. 

MTI is not able to accommodate trainee placements in a teaching setting. You will be required to establish your own classes to build competencies in offering the program. We ask that you agree not to teach MBSR or MBCT without appropriate supervision while enrolled in the MTI program. Level II trainees will be encouraged to list their courses on the MTI trainee courses web page, which will be established soon. You may wish to read this article offering a framework for supervision in mindfulness teaching (Evans et al, 2014)

Listing as a registered teacher on the MTI website

MTI lists competent beginning teachers on the MTI website as a registered teachers to help the public know that you have achieved a certain level of proficiency in mindfulness teaching. Please click here to download the information about this process.

Recording Your Classes

Tips and Hints for Video Recording MBI classes

Participants Consent Form for Recoding classes

For more information about the Certification process

Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia & New Zealand (MTI)