MTT-500 Certification

The Mindfulness Faciltator & Teacher Certification Paths

Meditation CircleThe methodology and practice used in the Engaged Mindfulness Institute’s Mindfulness Teacher Training and Certification Program is based on an expansive and coherent body of knowledge drawn from classical contemplative traditions and modern psychological and scientific disciplines.

As with any discipline, developing competence as a mindfulness facilitator or mindfulness teacher requires a sound conceptual and practical understanding of the underlying theoretical body of knowledge and extensive personal experience and practice with teaching methods, skills and pedagogies. The essence of the teacher training is gaining a solid conceptual foundation and practice competency in the Engaged Mindfulness Institute’s approach to teaching mindfulness and facilitating mindfulness-based interventions with at-risk individuals and underserved communities.

Level One (300 Hours):  EMI Certified Mindfulness Facilitator

Certification Requirements: The EMI Level One Mindfulness Facilitator Certification Path includes approximately 300 hours of online and in-person training and instructional learning over the course of one year.

  • Complete two week long residential retreats, all online course components and all online community of practice, small study group and mentor engagement requirements
  • Meet daily mindfulness and yoga practice requirements throughout the program
  • Pass online Mindfulness Facilitator exam with a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points. (Participants may retest every 30 days until attaining the required passing score.)
  • Submit a 5 – 10 page Culminating Project Paper designing a mindfulness-based intervention in your chosen career field (Participant’s paper must receive a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points and may be resubmitted until a passing score is achieved.)
  • Submit all required audio recordings of guided mindfulness meditations and all required video tapes of practice teaching sessions
  • Receive a positive evaluation and recommendation for certification from one EMI core faculty and participant’s online Small Study Group faculty mentor
  • Complete a final phone or video conference interview with certification committee after all other requirements are satisfied.

 

Note:  The Engaged Mindfulness Institute reserves the right to ask any participant/student to complete further training and/or practice teaching at the student’s own expense prior to granting Mindfulness Facilitator certification.  EMI also reserves the right to refuse certification to any student deemed not to meet the qualifications and competencies required for certification or for whom the role and responsibilities of a mindfulness facilitator or teacher is deemed inappropriate.

 

Prerequisites:

  • All applicants must have four years prior experience with mindfulness practice (or permission of instructor).
  • All applicants must have attended at least one 5-day (or longer silent mindfulness retreat) at an approved meditation retreat center.

Post Year One Certification

What you will be able to do:

  • Refer to yourself as a Certified EMI Mindfulness Facilitator
  • Engage in your personal mindfulness practice with increased confidence and benefit
  • Facilitate introductory mindfulness classes and mindfulness-based interventions in the context of your chosen field of work with at-risk individuals and communities.
  • Practice teaching and guiding basic mindfulness practices, compassion meditations and simple mindful yoga postures and routines as a mindfulness facilitator and teacher-in-training on the path to increasing competency and teacher certification.
  • Begin supporting your clients, employees, peers, volunteers or community members with the healing and transformative power of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s) and programs
  • Begin integrating mindfulness-based techniques into your professional disciplines and practice, including therapeutic, counseling, case management, resilience building, teaching, caregiving, training and/or community engagement interventions and programs.
  • Begin the path toward Year Two Mindfulness Teacher Certification through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute

Year-One grads will *not be authorized to:

  • Teach or lead multi-day or residential mindfulness meditation retreats
  • Teach or represent yourself as teaching Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI) programs, unless selected as an EMI apprentice teacher for ongoing training and supervised practice teaching
  • Refer to yourself as an EMI Certified Mindfulness Teacher

A Note (on Empowered Teachers)

Note: This program is designed to start you on your path as a mindfulness teacher-in-training and to prepare you for sharing mindfulness and guiding or facilitating mindfulness practice sessions on an introductory level. Further training with EMI will lead to mindfulness teacher certification at various levels for the purpose of including mindfulness teaching and mindfulness-based interventions in your professional practice. This mindfulness teacher training program, however, will not prepare you to lead advanced level practices or retreats that one associates with empowered meditation teachers.

Meditation teachers in traditional spiritual lineages tend to have completed 10 to 20 plus years of intensive meditation practice, study, and personal experience before being empowered as teachers. Training paths for empowered meditation teachers, who are already seasoned practitioners often involves 5 to 10 years of additional specific teacher training practice.

Level Two (500 Hours):  EMI Certified Mindfulness Teacher

Certification Requirements: The EMI Level Two Mindfulness Teacher Certification includes additional online and in-person training and instructional learning and 100 hours of supervised practice teaching. Level Two certification requirements include:

  • EMI Mindfulness Facilitator Certification (successful completion of Level One)
  • Continue daily mindfulness meditation (at least five 45-minute sessions logged per week)
  • Continue daily mindful yoga practice (at least three 45-minute sessions logged per week)
  • Complete one additional seven-day, silent mindfulness meditation retreat (location selected by applicant with approved by EMI faculty mentor)
  • Successfully complete a seven-day EMI Teacher Training Residential Retreat
  • Complete six 90-minute EMI advanced training webinars
  • Participate fully and constructively in online Community of Practice dialog groups as well as in monthly Small Learning Group video conferences with a faculty mentor, and complete a monthly one-on-one advising call with a faculty mentor
  • Complete 100 hours of documented and supervised practice teaching (under supervision by EMI faculty mentor or other EMI approved supervisor)
  • Pass online Mindfulness Teacher exam with a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points  (Participants may retest every 30 days until attaining the required passing score)
  • Submit a 5 – 10 page Paper describing the learning and insights gained during participants 100 hours of practice teaching and continued training (Participant’s paper must receive a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points and may be resubmitted until a passing score is achieved)
  • Receive a positive evaluation and recommendation for certification from one EMI core faculty and participant’s online Small Study Group faculty mentor
  • Complete a final phone or video conference interview with Certification Committee after all other requirements are satisfied

Note:  The Engaged Mindfulness Institute reserves the right to ask any participant/student to complete further training and/or practice teaching at the student’s own expense prior to granting Mindfulness Teacher certification.  EMI also reserves the right to refuse certification to any student deemed not to meet the qualifications and competencies required for certification or for whom the role and responsibilities of a mindfulness facilitator or teacher is deemed inappropriate.

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