Yearlong Facilitation Certification Program

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WHAT

A 2-semester (spring, then fall) graduate seminar format advanced mindfulness facilitation training program with a small cohort (20 people). 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, relational mindfulness, and tracking skills.  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 model. During the summer, we don’t meet. The second five 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. Those who are successfully certified will have the opportunity, as certified instructors, to facilitate client groups in the Restorative Practices model, the demand for which exceeds our current instructor capacity.  

LOGISTICS

In the program, there are 3 multi-day retreats, and twice monthly meet-ups.

Retreat 1: 5-day intensive Restorative Practices training (this is optional for those who have already completed a pilot Restorative Practices model (the 10-session intervention). We are offering this retreat specifically for those who do not live in an area where we have a pilot running.

Retreat 2: 3-day immersion with the Tracking Project Founder John Stokes: Deep Nature Connection and the Arts of Life (those who do not live in the area will have 2 subsequent days of face-to-face workshops with core faculty.)

Retreat 3: 3-day immersion with Lee Mun Wah: Relational Mindfulness, Unlearning Racism, Cross-Cultural Facilitation (those who do not live in the area will have 2 subsequent days of face-to-face workshops with core faculty.)

2 x per month face-to-face meetings for locals, remote meetings for non-locals

Between retreats, we will meet twice monthly for 2-3 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- for those who are local) (Or via the Zoom platform, remotely, for those who are living around the world (presently we have student inquiries from the Filipines, Brasil, etc.)

Accountability partners:

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.

Homework Assignments:

Additional readings and application-oriented practices will be assigned between class meetings. If there is a particular area of focus that you need to deepen, we may recommend additional training with our colleagues or mentors.

Facilitation Opportunities:

Over the course of the training, you will have the opportunity to facilitate with Applied Mindfulness staff in at least one (hopefully more) trainings, and to practice and get feedback in a live training setting.

Evaluations:

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. Completion of the course does not guarantee certification. You need to pass both your theoretical and applied final exams.  You need to demonstrate to us that you not only understand the material, but that you can apply it. We hand-pick these cohorts 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.

INSTRUCTORS

Primary facilitation is by Gabriel Kram, Founder of Applied Mindfulness, assisted by Applied Mindfulness facilitator Tiara Maldonaldo. In 2020, guest instructors will include our mentors and advisors Lee Mun Wah, internationally-acclaimed Master Mindfulness and Diversity trainer and documentary film-maker of The Color of Fear (Mun Wah also stars in and facilitated several films in the Restorative Practices film series) and John Stokes, deep nature connection expert and founder of the Tracking Project.

TUITION, CONTINUING EDUCATION, ETC.

$10000 for year-long program, including all sessions, 3 x 5-day retreats (lodging & meals separate). (Cost reduced by $2000 if not attending first retreat: only possible if you have already attended a 10-session Restorative Practices model pilot.) 3 need-based scholarships available, as well as various payment options. Must attend at least 80% of the total training time to receive certification. We contract with another organization to provide CEs for nurses, mental health practitioners, and other licensed health professionals, and that cost will be passed on to you.

NEXT STEPS

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