How do I apply for the Level I Training Program?
Read the Training Pathway in Brief page to familiarise yourself with the requirements and prerequisites.
When you have fulfilled all prerequisites, you are ready to apply for Level I Training by registering and purchasing the Level I Application Document
Once you have purchased the application, you will receive an email containing a link to download the application form, and a link to upload the application form once it is completed.
What are the prerequisites to apply to the Level I program?
Please see the information on the Training Pathway in Brief page
Who do I contact if I'm having technical difficulties submitting my application online or if I have a question about submitting my application?
Please send an email to Caroline Friend at [email protected] or phone 0435 049 383
When are applications due?
We find that the best time to apply is at least six months before the Level I intensive in order to allow you to complete the pre-reading, study module, essay and other preparatory readings. This essay is usually due two months before the Intensive event. The Level I training is also in high demand, so we encourage you to apply early.
How will I know if my complete application was received by MTI?
After you pay the application fee and complete the questionnaire, you will be sent an email notification confirming receipt immediately. If you do not receive email notification, please contact the Admissions Advisor at [email protected].
What is the total program cost and when are payments due?
Please check the costs page for a detailed outline of indicative costs of the whole program.
Is financial assistance available for any part of the training program?
Due to the generosity of a past trainee, a limited amount of funding is available to trainees who require financial assistance in order to progress through the training pathway. To make the program as accessible and diverse as possible, funding will be distributed in the form of fee help with supervision for two students per year.
After completing the Level I Intensive, you will be sent information about the criteria for applying for financial assistance with the costs of supervision. Accepted applicants will receive notification of the amount of supervision aid available to them.
I applied to the program and have been waitlisted for the Intensive. What does this mean, and when will I be contacted if there is an opening?
If you are waitlisted for an Intensive, it means the Intensive is at capacity due to the large demand for places. Every year, there may be more qualified applicants than we can admit. Should additional places become available, you will be notified at any time up until the start of the program. Meanwhile, you will be accepted into the Level 1 Program and begin with the Study Module. If you do not wish to begin the Study Module unless you are guaranteed a place in the Intensive, then please let us know that you wish your Program enrolment to be transferred to the following year.
Are travel costs included in the Intensive fees?
Travel expenses from your home town are not included in course fees for the Intensive. A bus will be organised to transfer students to and from Sydney Airport or Aukland Airport on the morning of the retreat commencing, and on the afternoon that the retreat finishes. The cost of the bus trip is additional and will be invoiced when we have final numbers.
Retreat accommodation and meals are included in the Intensive program fees.
What is the refund policy for the different fees in Level 1 and 2?
The refund policy can bee seen on the Costs page
Will applicants be interviewed? If so, how/when will I be contacted for an interview?
Some applicants may need to be interviewed. We prefer to do this via Skype as it keeps the costs down. Therefore, a Skype ID is requested on the application form. If you don’t have access to Skype, you will need to arrange a phone interview.
(Skype is an application you can download free on your computer and allows you to make free calls anywhere in the world if you have internet access. This is a simple process. Google Skype and follow their instructions.)
When and how will applicants be notified of the their acceptance into Level I Training?
The application process can take one to three weeks after the application has been received. The Admissions Advisor will notify you once the application is processed (references checked, etc) so that you can have a one-on-one chat about your participation in the program. Thereafter, you will receive an official acceptance letter into the Training, requesting that you pay a deposit for the Intensive and you can then purchase the Study Module.
If I am contacted for an interview, when/how long will the interview be and what do I need to do to prepare?
The meeting will last approximately 15 minutes. This is a discussion based on the responses in your application and related topics. This is also a chance for you to ask us any questions you may have about the training. There is no need to prepare for this meeting.
How are the aspects of the program graded?
Your participation in the initial MBSR/CT course is not graded; however your MSBR/CT teacher will be required as a referee for your entrance to the Level 1 Program. Thereafter elements of the Level 1 training will be graded on a competent/not yet competent basis.
Can MTIA host visas for international trainees who wish to complete the program locally?
We welcome international students. However unfortunately MTI is not able to host student visas for MTI’s part-time professional program. Non-Australian citizens/residents are responsible for obtaining their own travel visas to attend the mandatory in-person retreats and intensive. Contact your local embassy if there are questions regarding travel visas for Australia.
How do I submit my assignment?
Assignments are to be emailed to the Study Module Assessor.
Are Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for the either Level I or Level II Programs?
You may use hours of attendance at the MTI courses to account for your continuing education requirements for your professional registration. Please check with your association about this. Certificates of attendance will be provided for the Study Module, Intensive and Supervision aspects of the program.
How many students are accepted into the Intensive course?
We like to keep the teacher-student ratio to around 1:12. Our maximum intake is 44 people in an Intensive course.
I’ve been offered admission into the Level 1 program. When is the deadline to reply and make the initial payment?
When you receive your offer, you will have 14 days to accept. When you have returned the paperwork associated with your acceptance, you will be required to pay a $1500 deposit for the Intensive ($500 of which is non-refundable) and purchase your study module. You will be sent instructions and other information on how to purchase these items.
Is academic credit available for the Level I or Level II Programs?
No, the program is a professional development program and not registered at this time with a university program.
Do I need to have passed the Study Modules to progress to the MBI Intensive?
The essay will be graded on a competent/not yet competent basis. The Study Module Assessor may request that you re-submit your essay (after feedback) if it requires more work prior to the Intensive.
What if I’m not able to attend a retreat, partially or in full?
Trainees are required to attend all days of the silent retreat and the Intensive in order to complete the program. Exceptions cannot be made.
What can I do if I experience a personal loss or other emergency during the Program?
Please notify the Program Co-ordinator as soon as possible regarding any personal emergency that may arise. They will do their best to support and work with you and help you manage your participation in the program.
What will trainees who complete program requirements receive from MTI?
Trainees completing Level I satisfactorily will receive a certificate of attendance for all aspects of the program listed above. Trainees completing Level II will receive certification as an MBI teacher through MTI.
What have trainees who have completed the program gone on to do with their MTI - AU & NZ Teacher Certification?
The Teacher Training Program is a newly developed program. Previous trainees with Openground and CTAD have gone on to teach courses in public and community settings, hospital settings, universities, and corporations. It is anticipated that as the number of certified teachers increases, the contexts and locations where the MBI courses are taught will expand through Australia and New Zealand.
After trainees are certified to teach the MBSR/CT course, can they teach the course for MTI?
MTI - AU & NZ at present does not administer or offer MBSR or MBCT programs directly so MTI is not able to accommodate trainee placements into a teaching setting before or after certification.
I have completed some training which seem equivalent to some aspects of the training requirements already. Can those be counted as part of my pathway to certification with MTI - AU & NZ?
If you have completed an 8 day Practicum or Teacher Development Intensive, and an equivalent of the Practicum program, then you will be able to apply to Level II of the MTIA Program - which involves supervision and certification. Please send your resume of all completed training, with a letter from your senior trainer to [email protected] and we will be in touch shortly. There will be a short interview (by phone or Skype) as part of your application process to Level II.
I want to get trained quickly. How can I fast-track the process?
With all the excitement about mindfulness and how inspiring it can feel, we understand this drive to become qualified quickly. But it is so important to savour and explore all the aspects of the pathway rather than rushing through them as ‘pre-requisites’ to get to the ‘training’. We have found that the whole process needs time to gestate and develop, and can’t be forced.
It is a good idea to immerse yourself in the MBSR/CT program and your retreat experience - as personal transformational processes - not just to tick the professional boxes. And to take time establishing a rich and deep mindfulness of your own, as this is the storehouse from which you will be able to teach others with skill and wisdom.
What is the best way to have my questions answered and receive information during the program?
The program encourages self-directed learning. We encourage you to read all available FAQs and to carefully read any and all emails that the Program Co-ordinator or teachers send out. However we are here to support your learning so please contact the Administrator, Caroline Friend [email protected] for any questions about your registration or technology. For questions concerning Admissions contact Mary McIntyre (Australia) admissi[email protected] or Dianne May (New Zealand) [email protected].
What support will MTI - AU & NZ provide in placing trainees in a setting for teaching?
MTI - AU & NZ will give general guidelines, but is not able to directly place participants in teaching settings.