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The First Step to Becoming an MBSR Facilitator

This 10 week program will provide accepted participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in mindfulness. The curriculum includes "re-experiencing" a foundation mindfulness-based stress management class as both an observer and a participant. The Practicum cohort will then meet to discuss and analyze the content and process of the MBSR class.

It is important to understand that in most instances, the practicum alone will not equip you to teach a mindfulness-based stress reduction course. In addition to understanding the process, it is imperative that one develop and maintain a solid personal mindfulness practice. That combined with extensive skills training is crucial to being a successful mindfulness-based stress management facilitator.

The most important benefit of this program is that it will allow you to refine, enhance and deepen your personal mindfulness practice all of which are crucial to being a successful mindfulness-based stress management facilitator. Remember, this is a great responsibility, as you are being asked to use your own solid mindfulness practice to support individuals who may be dealing with great suffering.


Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

  • Previous completion of an 8-week foundation Mindfulness-based Stress. Management (MBSM) or Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course (does not need to be completed with Penn).
  • Optimally, one full year of regular mindfulness practice (5-7 days per week) after the completion of the above-mentioned 8-week MBSM program.
  • Participation in a 5-day silent teacher-led mindfulness retreat (does not have to have been completed with Penn)

The Practicum is typically offered 1 to 2 times per year in the Fall and Spring, based on demand. The cost for the program is $1,950. For more detailed information on the Practicum, including schedules, contact our offices.

CE Credits

A total of 55 optional CE Credits are available for psychologists and social workers. View the complete detailed list of CE learning objectives for this course.

HealthForumOnline is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForumOnline maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Pennsylvania Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors allows APA-approved programs to be used as CE credits for these professionals.

This program is co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, a pre-approved provider of continuing education credits for Pennsylvania licensed Social Workers. Participants who attend the entire program will receive (55) PA Social Work Continuing Education Units. Social Workers from states other than Pennsylvania should contact their licensing board to determine whether CEU's granted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice are accepted for licensure renewal.

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