Instructor Training

Mindfulness Instructor Training

This training is intended for individuals who want to integrate mindfulness into their teaching such as university faculty/staff/grad students interested in integrating mindfulness exercises into the classroom, volunteers bringing mindfulness-based programs into schools, jails, and prisons, and other professionals (healthcare professionals, therapists, clergy, and executive/corporate coaches) interested in integrating mindfulness into their professional work.

This instructor training course is largely experiential but does include weekly readings to support intellectual/conceptual understanding. This course will take participants through the process necessary to teach a mindfulness-based program.  To be a mindfulness-based teacher is more than delivering a protocol; it is, essentially, a mindfulness practice, and to capture the essence of teaching mindfulness-based programs, participants will learn to embody a mindful attitude while teaching in contrast to the more typical lecturing from the intellect.

  • Learn to guide the core mindfulness practices found in the secular mindfulness training, Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams.
  • Learn the essentials of asking questions to investigate meditation experiences.
  • Develop and refine your own practice of embodied mindfulness.
  • Enhance your capacity for applying mindfulness in your personal and professional life.
  • Understand the historical context of contemporary mindfulness approaches.
  • Contribute to bringing mindfulness-skills into the emerging 21st-century culture.
  • Integrate mindfulness exercises into volunteer and professional activities such as education, counseling, ministry, and business.

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:

  • Completed an 8-week U of I Mindfulness Training Class or equivalent
  • A minimum of 1-year of regular mindfulness meditation practice

Exceptions concerning these requirements are at the discretion of Dr. Menard.

Application

  • Email the following to Cmenard@illinois.edu
    • Vitae/resume
    • A brief essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following question: How has mindfulness meditation impacted your life and why do you want to take the instructor course? Also include when you completed the 8-week U of I Mindfulness Training Class (or equivalent), your experience of this class, and any other relevant mindfulness experiences, training, and attendance at silent retreats.

Logistics

  • Day/Time: 15 classes meet for 2-hours and 15-minutes each week (Day/Time TBD)
  • Cost: $1200
  • Location: Quaker Meetinghouse (1904 E. Main St. Urbana)
  • Instructor: Christopher Menard, PsyD
  • CEU’s are available upon request

Expectations

  • Participants will prepare for each week’s class by:
    • engaging in daily mindfulness practices from Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams
    • completing weekly readings
    • practicing leading a Finding Peace in a Frantic World meditation at home each week and then leading the meditation again in class to receive feedback
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to attend a weekend or longer silent mindfulness retreat to deepen their personal practice and to prepare for the role of mindfulness instructor.  The cost of this retreat is not included in the course fee.  Retreat options in 2020 can be found here: Insight ChicagoIMS, and Spirit Rock.

Note: For those actively involved in teaching mindfulness after this course, a supervision group is also available.

Note: This 15-week course is not the two-semester U of I PSYC-546 doctoral student mindfulness based interventions practicum class.

Email questions to Dr. Christopher Menard at Cmenard@illinois.edu