Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness

200-Hour Mindfulness Teacher Training (MTT) Certification Program
with Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200

January 19 (Friday)
at 6:00 pm

Class length
120 minutes

Location
On Site at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness 11100 Ash Street Suite 103 Leawood, KS 66211

The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness 200-Hour Mindfulness Teacher Training (MTT) Certification Program is designed to prepare aspiring mindfulness teachers to deliver basic group mindfulness training with diverse populations in a safe and inclusive manner. The curriculum offers support and guidance to individuals who wish to bring mindfulness into their workspaces, communities, or institutions. We consider this to be the minimum level of training that teachers should complete in order to teach general group mindfulness safely and inclusively.

When: 3rd Full Weekend of Every Month January through October: Fridays 6-8 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 9 am-4:30 pm + Optional Opening Retreat the Sunday before from 1-5 pm

This program is designed to meet current standards for basic group mindfulness teaching, including a combination of didactics, self-study/reflection, and practice. MTT students meet one full weekend per month over a period of ten months. A certificate is provided to those who successfully complete all MTT requirements. Our program follows International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) “professional level” standards and includes aspects of the MBI:TAC. This training program is not sufficient for teaching Mindfulness Based Interventions/Programs such as MBSR, MBCT or MSC.

This program is now offered both online via Zoom and on location (seats limited) in light of the pandemic. Read about our online etiquette here https://mindfulness-alliance.org/offerings/online-offerings/.

Fees: Deadline for enrollment is the last day of November before the training year begins.
  • Full Tuition: $3000 (MAM members save 20% by entering  discount code MEMBERS20 at checkout)
  • Scholarship: $750 (enter discount code MTTSCHOL at checkout)MAM hopes to train and reach members of underrepresented or vulnerable populations in an effort to increase program accessibility and promote equal opportunity. In accordance with our mission, vision and values, a 75% fee reduction is available for a limited number of applicants who hold cultural identities/intersections that are underrepresented in mindfulness training such as: Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, People of Color and/or Visual Minorities, LGBTQIA+ people, and people who reside in an identified high poverty area. A personal essay is required documenting how you meet the above criteria. Priority will be given to applicants who plan to take mindfulness into underrepresented or vulnerable communities – if this is your intention, please include your plans in the essay. 
Once you have made your payment, the standard application will be emailed to you. In addition to the standard application. Applicants will be notified of their status once our teachers have reviewed the applications. A full refund will be provided to applicants who are not selected. No refunds will be provided 30 days or less before the start of the program. 

PROGRAM DATES & TIMES
Third full weekend of each month of the training year January – October: Fridays 6-8 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 9 am-noon & 1-4:30 pm + Optional Opening Retreat the Sunday before the first training weekend 1-5 pm.
  1. Jan: Mindfulness Studies: Roots, Science & Fundamentals
  2. Feb: Attitudes of Mindfulness & Embodiment
  3. Mar: Trauma Informed Teaching & Safety
  4. April: Compassion & Ethics in Mindfulness
  5. May: Working with Diverse Populations & Community Building
  6. June: Teaching Meditation to Groups Part 1
  7. July: Teaching Meditation to Groups Part 2
  8. Aug: Teaching Mindful Movement to Groups Part 1
  9. Sept: Teaching Mindful Movement to Groups Part 2
  10. Oct: Contemporary Applications & Professional Development: Bringing It All Together
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  1. Deepen personal development as a mindfulness practitioner and embodiment of the practices & attitudes in daily life
  2. Develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge to facilitate the safe and inclusive teaching of mindfulness skills to diverse groups, including guiding group practice instruction and inquiry and leading silent, non-residential retreats.
  3. Demonstrate the importance of personal integrity and ethical standards in teaching mindfulness to others
  4. Understand the importance of good practice guidelines for mindfulness teachers and how they impact quality of programs and outcomes for participants
PREREQUISITES
In order to be eligible for MAM’s 200-hour training program, applicants must have a consistent personal mindfulness practice of at least one year and have attended a teacher led silent meditation retreat of any length before starting our program.

**Though completion of our program doesn’t guarantee you will be accepted by the IMTA (through their alternative pathway), applicants who are interested in pursuing that certification may wish to also complete a couple of additional pre-requisites above and beyond what MAM requires:
  • Attend at least 1 mindfulness meditation retreat of a minimum of 5 days with a qualified instructor. More than 1 retreat is highly recommended. Your MAM teacher trainers will let you know which retreats they will be offering or attending during the year of your training if you wish to join them, but this is at your own personal expense. You can also contact us for recommendations.
  • Participate in a Mindfulness Based Program (MBP) such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or equivalent (MBCT, MBRP, MSC).
REQUIRED READING
  • Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing by David A. Treleaven
  • Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community by Larry Yang
  • Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs Them by Shakil Choudhury

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