Two Semester Advanced Mindfulness Facilitation Certification Program

WHAT

A 2 semester (spring, then fall) graduate seminar format advanced mindfulness facilitation training program with a small cohort meeting twice monthly in the North Bay and East Bay. Our work is oriented towards creating a restoratively-oriented, neuro-physiologically informed, multi-cultural mindful awareness movement that prioritizes connection- to self, others, and the living world.  Our facilitation work is characterized by in-the-moment responsiveness to directions that emerge from co-creating authentic relationship with a group, and moving the group towards greater awareness of both what is named, and what is felt but as yet un-named.  To do this we rely on deep mindfulness skills, neurophysiology tracking skills, and relational mindfulness.  Our intention is to develop your facilitation skills in this direction.  We want to empower a diverse team of facilitators with profound tools of transformation and to create a deep co-learning environment.  This two semester program is conceptualized as a deeply experiential immersion in Applied Mindfulness facilitation theory and practice in two parts. For the first five months (January through May), we will meet and explore, in a deeply experiential way, the Applied Mindfulness conceptual framework and restorative practices. The second four months (September through December) will function as a participatory action-research project, with you taking everything that you have learned, and applying it to the specific area of focus in which you are most interested (could be work that you are already doing- could be work you would like to do- for example- how do we apply these frameworks to working with depression, or young men of color, or creative practice, in business, etc.).  This phase will conclude with a capstone project you present to the group as a whole, and, if you wish, document in a paper or other creative project.  

some of the topics we hope to cover

Preparing Environments, Creating Safety, Introducing Mindfulness, Conceptual Frameworks including: Evolved Developmental Niche (text: Narvaez), Towards Psychologies of Liberation (text: Watkins and Shulman), Neuroplasticity, Stress Physiology, Applied Neurophysiology, Autonomic Nervous System physiology, Triune Brain Theory (text: Maclean), James-Lange Theory of Emotion, The Felt Sense (text: Gendlin), Polyvagal Theory (text: Porges), Trauma First-Aid, Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (text: Treleavan), Habit Transformation (Fogg), Behavior Design (Bobinet), Authentic Facilitation, Group Facilitation & Relational Mindfulness, Restorative Practices: Internal, Relational, Nature Awareness, Creativity, Narrative

LOGISTICS

We will meet twice monthly for 3-4 hours as a group in person (probably in the evening, probably on a weekday- though we’ll work this out as a group to accommodate as many people’s particular schedules as possible.  1 meeting per month will be in the North Bay, 1 meeting will be in the East Bay).  You will also have an accountability buddy in the training, with whom you’ll check-in at least once per month, more often if you both like. Additional readings and application-oriented practices will be assigned between class meetings. Over the course of the training, you will have the opportunity to facilitate with me in at least one (hopefully more) trainings, and to practice and get feedback in a live training setting. At the conclusion of the course, there will be two evaluations.  One for content that addresses the theoretical aspects of our work, and one for application that demonstrates your ability to apply it in facilitation.  In order to become certified, you will need to successfully complete both evaluations.  This is not a completion certification, but a competence certification.  You need to demonstrate to us that you not only understand the material, but that you can apply it. I am hand-picking this cohort to bring together a remarkable group of people with very different backgrounds, ancestries, and experiences in the world, who are united by a passion to bring awareness to groups and support wellbeing in the world.

SELECTED READINGS

Principles of Applied Mindfulness, Kram

Research Articles:

Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, Felitti and Anda

The Physiology of Meditation, Wallace and Benson

Books:

Selections from Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Gendlin

Selections from Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality, Narvaez

Selections from Wisdom Keeper, Merculieff

The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory, Porges

Selections from Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory, Porges, Dana

Selections from Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing, Treleavan

Selections from Towards Psychologies of Liberation, Watkins and Shulman

Selections from What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World, Young

tuition, Continuing education, ETC.

With the intention of setting this up on a social equity model, the cost for the program is based on your adjusted gross income from your prior year’s federal tax return divided by 1250 multiplied by 60 (total # of course hours). So, for example, if your AGI from last year was $75,000, you would divide by 1250 = $60 x 60 = $3600 total cost for the program. Payment options are available. Because this is a small co-learning environment, if you have 3 unexcused absences you will lose your place in the training and forfeit your full tuition. We will contract with another organization to provide CEs for mental health practitioners and that cost will be passed on to you (I don’t yet know exactly what that cost will be yet- I’ll update this when I know.)

NEXT STEPs

If you are interested in doing this with us, please call Gabriel at 415.827.7084 if you wish to formally apply.