Mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting (MBCp) Teacher Training Program

–  Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa –

PROGRAM DATES:
Foundation: 12 September 2023 - 05 December 2023

Level 1: 02 January 2024 - 26 March 2024

Level 2: 23 April 2024 - 25 June 2024

CLASS TIMES:

Tuesdays: 9:30am–12:00pm (PST)

10 Months
Duration
$4,750 USD
Tuition Fees
15 Aug 2023
Apply Date
13 Sep 2023
Start Date
 

program description

The MBCPTT program will equip professionals to teach the 9-week Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) course to pregnant women and their partners. The MBCP course has been widely acclaimed, with perinatal professionals from all over the world now training to teach MBCP.

The training is open to perinatal professionals who have completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT, or MBCP course and who have some experience working with families during the perinatal period.

The MBCP course offers parents-to-be the opportunity to use the remarkably transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth to learn mindfulness skills for working with the stress, pain and fear that are often a normal part of this profound journey into the unknown. Through the learning offered in the MBCP course, the expectant parents will also have these skills in place for parenting mindfully from the moments of birth.

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Expectant parents find that as they practice being in the present moment, they are able to live through this ordinary—and extraordinary—life transition with greater confidence, wisdom and joy. The practice of mindfulness becomes not only a way of birthing but a lifelong resource for parenting and living with greater awareness, kindness, connectedness and care.
 

While MBCP is certainly not the only way to teach mindfulness to the childbearing population, the MBCP course is well-grounded in a methodology and approach that is evidence-based and that has already been proven to be extraordinarily effective in reducing stress and increasing the mental and physical health and well-being of tens of thousands of people worldwide. We are delighted to now share this work through the online MBCP Teacher Training (MBCPTT) program so that others might be able to bring the profound benefits of mindfulness practice to those who are birthing and parenting the next generation.

Click the button below for a full description of the required background and qualifications necessary to apply for the MBCP Teacher Training program.

The MBCPTT program extends over 10 months and is divided into 3 parts:
foundation, Level 1, and Level 2
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foundation level

The Foundation level course includes:

  • Experiencing the MBCP course as a participant-observer by watching (through streamed video) a full 9-week MBCP course, including the day of silence, taught by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, who developed MBCP.

  • Doing weekly readings from Nancy’s book Mindful Birthing.

  • Completing the same home meditation practice as the MBCP class participants.

  • Attending 5 live-online dialogue groups (2.5 hours/each) led by faculty (over 12 weeks). 

 

During the Foundation Level you will:

  • Have the opportunity to deepen your own practice.

  • Begin to understand the curriculum from the point of view of the expectant parents.

  • Observe the impact of the course on the expectant parents (and yourself).

Time Commitment: 60 hours, or 5 hours/week

level 1

The Level 1 course includes:

  • Beginning the journey from Mindfulness Practitioner to Mindfulness Teacher in a supportive and encouraging learning environment.

  • Attending 12 weekly live-online classes (2.5 hours/each) led by MBCP faculty. 

  • Practicing teaching the MBCP curriculum, including meditations, dialogue, and inquiry, with faculty and peer feedback.

  • Weekly home study consisting of background reading, watching MBCP video materials, written reflections in an online classroom, and personal practice.

  • Weekly partner teaching practice with peers.

During Level 1 you will:

  • Continue to deepen your own mindfulness practice. 

  • Begin to understand the curriculum from the point of view of the MBCP teacher. 

  • Develop the skill of guiding mindfulness practices and begin to learn the art of inquiry.

Time Commitment: 60 hours, or 5 hours/week

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Upon completion of the foundation Level and level 1, students will receive alevel 1 Certificate of Completion
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level 2

The Level 2 course includes:

  • Stepping further into the role of Mindfulness Teacher by deepening understandings of teaching the MBCP curriculum and mindfulness-based programs in general. 

  • Attending 10 weekly live-online seminars led by MBCP faculty & expert visiting faculty.

  • Experiential teaching practice and faculty-led didactic teaching of theory.

  • Weekly home study consisting of preparing teaching practices, watching videos, and doing background reading in preparation for class dialogues.

  • Weekly partner teaching practice with peers.

  • Attending at least one 5-7 day teacher-led silent mindfulness retreat the year of training and 1 per year thereafter. There can be some flexibility in this requirement for those with young children or other extenuating circumstances.

  • During Level 2, some students may be beginning to teach in a limited capacity (e.g., teaching one couple or offering a taster session to colleagues).

 

During the Level 2 you will:

  • Grow a deeper understanding of the MBCP curriculum, both experientially and theoretically.

  • Explore professional and ethical issues.

Time Commitment: 55 hours, or 5.5 hours/week

Upon completion of Level 2, students will receive a
level 2 Certificate of Completion
PATH TO CERTIFICATION
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SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Tuesdays

9:30am–12:00pm

Pacific Time

Foundation: 12 September 2023 - 6 December 2023

Level 1: 02 January 2024 - 26 March 2024

Level 2:  23 April 2024 - 25 June 2024

 

FEE SCHEDULE

ADDITIONAL INFO

COST

FEE TYPE

Application Fee

USD $50

Non-Refundable; Waived for previous MBCPTT Alumni 

  • Payment in full at time of enrollment; $250 Early Bird Discount available 

  • USD $500 Deposit within 30 days of the admission decision*

Full Training (Foundation, 1, & 2 and either 8 group or 4 individual mentoring sessions)

Mentorship

Group and Individual Mentoring available 

Certification Review

Contact us for a full list of Certification requirements  

USD $4,750

Varies

USD $300

* Deposit is payable within 30 days of admissions OR by 1st September 2023 whichever comes first.​