The Mindfulness Center

  The Mindfulness Center Meditation Teacher Training Online featuring Dr. Deborah Norris

The Mindfulness Center online Meditation Teacher Training is a 160-hour immersion program that informs the participant through both informational content and experiential practices using podcasts of guided meditations, journaling, scripting and recording your own meditations, along with a library of content rich in information on the science, practice and application of mindfulness in health care and education. This certification program is appropriate for educators, health care providers, social workers, mental health professionals and adults working with adolescents and interested in incorporating mindfulness meditation into a professional setting.

Learning materials provide an overview of the role of mindfulness in education, health care and other community building roles, drawing on both the modern scientific evidence-basis and ancient wisdom. Experiential practice cultivates a deeper self-practice, and builds the foundation for teaching group and one-on-one sessions.

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Course Objectives

  • To prepare students of meditation to become teachers of meditation. 
  • To deepen and strengthen participants personal practice
  • To be able to relay the experiential qualities of the practice to others.  Whereas the meditation student may sit quietly with the struggles of the mind, the teacher knows how to guide the struggling student (and themselves).  Resistance is a common encounter in the meditation practice.  The teacher knows how to use resistance to create forward momentum.
  • To be able to language your experiencing as you are having the experience, without it disturbing the practice.

Participants in the course will:

  • Gain greater experience and awareness of the practice of mindfulness meditation.
  • Learn how to guide others to and through these experiences.
  • Be prepared to use the language of modern medical science to discuss the mechanisms of action of the practice, the active ingredients of the practice and the clinical outcomes of the practice of meditation.
  • Be able to provide practical guidance and advice to others who wish to learn the practice of meditation.
  • Learn to use empathy, compassion and other forms of non-verbal and verbal communication to guide others into the field of awareness.
  • Be able to use the breath and other mindfulness tools to restore presence in the field of awareness.

"You're all doing an amazing job facilitating the training. I can't even begin to explain how the readings and conference calls have impacted and inspired me to go deeper and remain deep." - Paula Carrasquillo

"Bless your commitment to excellence, Debbie Olin Norris as you continue to enhance the meaningful online course you have created that makes this important information accessible to people across the globe!!! Sending love and gratitude!!" - Dara Feldman

"I want to express my most sincere gratitude (can you feel my heart vibrations from Connecticut?).  This course and I came together at such an important part of my life - I know that I was ready to take on the content and the practice!  I've enjoyed all elements of the coursework and my only wish is that I lived closer so that I could attend some of the classes held at the center." - Maya Schofield

"Thanks a lot Debbie, finishing this training and helping other professionals find mindfulness and become happier is a big part of my aspirations and is important to me!" - Michel Codere

"I very much enjoyed the one-on- one portion of the class. Working on a personal basis with Laura really allowed us to develop a safe place where we could experiment with technique, and we developed a relationship in which we could offer praise and helpful suggestions, and truly begin to develop our guiding skills." - Mark Johnson 

Schedule:

The beta testing training begins by January 1, 2016, and requires 160 hours to complete.  If it is up and running before then, you will be the first to know and to have access to the training. (It is almost ready to roll at this moment, but we are ironing out a few details and adding more content!)  You may begin any time, on or after January 1 at the latest, and proceed at your own pace.  Training progresses through several stages, and as you progress, additional materials are provided.

Again, the pace at which you complete the training is up to you! If you are focused solely on completing the Meditation Teacher Training, you may complete the program more quickly.  If you have other demands and priorities in your life right now, you can spread out the training and the experience over several months or even up to a year (18 months for those who enroll in the beta testing before November 6, 2015).  We recommend planning to complete the program within 4 months of beginning it, but again, the exact timing is up to you.  Once you register, beginning soon, but January 1 at the latest, you will have access to all of the training materials for a period of 18 months (this is 6 months more than regular enrollment, available only to beta testers.)  After your 18 months has expired, if you would like further access to the training materials, you may contact Roxanne Lerner, the Training Registrar, to discuss your interests.  Additional charges may apply for additional access. (Again, those enrolled in the beta testing enjoy 18 months of access at no additional cost.)

Tuition Investment

Tuition: $1,700

Scholarships Available: Contact Roxanne@TheMindfulnessCenter.org

Class size for beta testing is limited, so sign up now to be sure to be included in this special offering.

  • A reduced rate of $1,700 (Online Meditation Teacher Training program valued at $2,200)
  • Access to mind-body training materials that have never before been offered.
  • Access to research and scientific information on mindfulness and other mind-body practices that has just been released.
  • The pleasure of finding unsuspected bugs and providing your suggestions.
  • A pre-release electronic copy of "In the Flow: Using Mindfulness to Find and Create Your Life's Purpose", by Dr. Deborah Norris.
  • 18 months of access to the training material.  This is 6 months additional access to the training material for free!
  • Access to accelerated training options leading to faster certification.

 

How to Participate:


Payment plans and a limited number of partial scholarships are also available.  Please contact Roxanne@TheMindfulnessCenter.org for information on payment plans and scholarships or for any further questions.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Is there a schedule breakdown of the lessons that will be studied doing the course?
A detailed syllabus is provided with the curriculum once you sign up.  Here is a summary of how the lessons for the Meditation Teacher Training are presented.

In general, the training program is an immersion in meditation, learning to script and deliver guided meditation, interacting with other people to guide them in meditation, and learning how to deal with teaching meditation in different circumstances.  In addition to the lessons on the practice of meditation, there are lessons on the science and theory of mindfulness.  Special emphasis is provided on mindfulness in health care and education.

There is a text book with reading assignments in each of the three sections of the course. A questionnaire or "Test" is provided to guide you in focusing on and reviewing the critical elements of the reading.  The text pertains to the general practice of meditation, how to instruct someone in the practice, and the science of meditation.

Each section also has lessons provided by video.  These videos are accompanied by survey questionnaires, again to help you focus and review.  The videos are instructional on the science of meditation, specifically the clinical application of meditation in health care and in education.
There are three Sections to the course.  Each of these sections goes into detail, to get you prepared to progress to the next section.  Each section takes about 40-60 hours to complete, totaling 140 hours. The final 20 hours required for the program are community service.  (Details and support in selecting your community service activity are provided in the curriculum, but you have a lot of leeway in performing your service.)
Each section has a series of audio recordings.  These recordings include guided meditations, and instructional information.
Journalling is a part of the online program, and in some cases, journal questions are provided for guidance.
There is a Community Page, where you interact with other students.  In the final phase of the training, you will actually be interacting one-on-one with other students by guiding them in meditation.
There is also a Discussion Board, where assignments are posted and discussed with fellow students.  Sample guided meditations are available here, and you will be preparing sample guided meditations and posting them here as well.
Each step of the training progresses clearly and logically, building on experience and information that is learned as you progress.
Can you tell me more about how online students will be able to interact with one another and form a sense of community? 
Dr. Norris is very happy about the elements that she has built into the online program to create community. There may even be more community interaction in the online training, since students have a mechanism for communicating with each other often, even daily if they would like. For example, the program includes a community page, similar to Facebook, for all of the students in the course.  This page is open to students in the class for at least 12 months (18 months for Beta-testing students).  Even students who have completed the training are a part of the community for 12 (18 for Beta) months. This encourages past students to continue to interact with their friends and they may also serve as mentors to new students.  Furthermore, students, who have completed the training will also receive the same updates about the science and special events and happenings in the field of mindfulness.  The online training provides potential daily interaction with like-minded individuals, and in this way the online training is a very interactive community.
What type of meditation do you teach, and why is this the most beneficial type of meditation?
Research is showing that different types of meditation practices have different effects.  For example, mantra meditation which focuses on the repetition of words facilitates growth in the parts of the brain that regulate language. Meditation that focuses on self-awareness facilitates growth in parts of the brain affecting self-control and self-regulation.  Research by Dr. Norris and others is showing that meditation that focuses on cultivating self-awareness and self-regulation have the most profound beneficial effects on our mental and physical health.  Meditation focused on self-awareness through the breath and other interoceptive stimuli activate parts of the brain that promote coordination of healing mechanisms of the body, and thus have been found to have the most profound healing benefits (Lazar, 2014).  Self-compassion practices were found equally effective in activating regions of the brain that regulate mood, emotion, and physical well-being.

In addition to affecting structural changes in the brain, mindfulness practices have been shown to activate biochemical changes in the brain and throughout the body, associated with well-being, including increased circulating levels of serotonin and endorphins, and decreased stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol.  Dr. Norris teaches students to cultivate a personal practice that is most rewarding to themselves.  By tuning in to the capacity for self-regulation, students are able to self-modulate the focus of their practice, and find optimal well-being in this self-care practice. 

How long do I have to complete the requirements to obtain a teacher certificate?

It is possible to complete the training within one year.  It is recommended that you complete the training within no longer than two years.  If more time is needed for extenuating circumstances, please discuss this with the Program Director.

 

Is there a certificate of completion or other credential obtained for the classes taken?

Yes.  The Mindfulness Center provides a Certificate of Completion of the Meditation Teacher Training.  Teaching meditation is not presently a licensed or otherwise regulated program.