Participation Requirements for the IMA´s MBSR/MBCT Teacher-Training Program
- Successful completion of a professional education or training program in the fields of mental health, medicine, education, health care, social work, physical or occupational therapy, nursing, counseling, etc. If you do not have a professional training but have extensive work or volunteer experience, please give us the details.
- Minimum Age: 30
- We encourage older professionals to apply. In our training programs an ever increasing number of persons 55 + are taking part with the idea of teaching MBSR/MBCT after they retire or work less.
- At least 2 years of sitting meditation practice (Vipassana, Zen, Shambhala Training, Dzogchen, Christian, Contemplative, Sufi, Yoga, etc.) before starting the training program.
- Regular sitting meditation practice.
- Participation in at least one, seven-day silent meditation retreat
- If you have not yet participated in a retreat, you will be asked to fulfill this requirement within the time of the training program.
- Some experience in meditative bodywork. However, it is not necessary to have yoga experience A 45-minute simple and effective yoga sequence will be taught within our program, which you may adapt for your own courses.
Professional requirements in addition to those specified above that are necessary to be awarded an MBSR and MBCT Certificate
- ALL persons who successfully complete the training program according to the terms specified in the enrollment contract will receive a certificate as an MBSR Trainer.
- Students must attend the MBCT Training (Session 5) in its entirety in order to receive a certificate in MBCT.
- IN ADDITION, an MBCT Trainer Certificate will also only be awarded to those persons who complete the program according to the terms specified and are qualified to work in the field of mental health. This includes possessing the qualifications necessary to work with patients who have been diagnosed by a qualified professional as experiencing mental health conditions such as clinical depression, compulsive disorders, eating disorders, severe anxiety or panic syndrome, etc.
If a participant of the IMA training program is working in a health-care setting where they are working in a team or with a colleague who is qualified to work with people with mental health conditions such as those listed above, a certificate can be awarded on the understanding that he/she will teach MBCT only in a setting where such supervision is available.