Mindfulness Instructor Training

This training is intended for individuals who want to teach mindfulness skills (e.g., mental health clinicians, university staff, clergy, executive/corporate coaches, and volunteers bringing mindfulness-based programs into schools, jails, prisons, & other social justice programs).
This instructor training course is largely experiential, but does include weekly readings to support intellectual/conceptual understanding. This course will take participants through the processes 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 approach to 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, social justice, counseling, ministry, and business.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:

  • Completed the 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
    • Vita/resume
    • A brief essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following questions: How has mindfulness meditation had an impact your life?  Why do you want to take the instructor course? What is your current mindfulness practice? Also include when you completed the 8-week U of I Mindfulness Training class, 10-week Finding Peace in a Frantic World class, or equivalent and who taught the class.

Logistics

  • 10-week training meets for 2-hours each week
  • Tuesdays 8:30 – 10:30am, May 25th through July 27th, 2021
  • Cost: $800
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Instructor: Christopher Menard, PsyD
  • CEU’s are available upon request

Expectations

  • Participants will prepare for each week’s instructor training class by:
    • engaging in daily mindfulness practices from Finding Peace in a Frantic World (FPFW) 
    • completing assigned weekly readings (1 – 1.5 hours)
    • meeting with a classmate weekly via Zoom to practice facilitating FPFW meditations (1-hour)
  • Participants are encouraged to attend a weekend or longer silent mindfulness retreat every year to support the building of a strong foundation of practice to support teaching.  Retreat options can be found at these locations: Insight ChicagoIMS, and Spirit Rock.

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