Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Teaching

Embark on a journey to grow your mindfulness practice and become a certified MBCT teacher.



Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based, experiential program for preventing and reducing the intensity and frequency of depressive relapse and negative affective states. Brown University's Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Teaching Certificate is an opportunity to learn how to teach MBCT from highly-experienced MBCT instructors and teacher-trainers. This sequential teacher certification pathway blends in-depth intensive formal courses and seminars with independent reflective study, retreats, assimilation and practice.

Brown's School of Professional Studies is partnered with The Mindfulness Center to offer this program.
  • Format: Fully online, synchronous sessions

  • Length: Three to six years to complete (depending on your pace)

  • Curriculum: Four courses including individual mentoring, a final certification review, three silent retreats, and successful completion of teaching six MBCT programs

  • Profile: Avg. 2+ years of daily meditation practice, currently working in a healthcare, clinical or counseling role, prior training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a graduate degree (equivalency in experience is considered)



As an MBCT teacher-trainee, you will learn how to:

  • Independently teach MBCT at the “Competent” level, as assessed by the MBI-TAC

  • Teach MBCT in a manner that reflects a nuanced comprehension of MBCT’s confluence of eastern contemplative methodologies and western science to skillfully meet individuals living with recurrent depression and negative affective states in the classroom 

  • Teach MBCT with a sense of balanced confidence, skill and authenticity 

  • Recognize and analyze MBI:TAC domains and how they are expressed in the MBCT classroom


If you have questions and would like to speak to someone directly, please email: execeducation@brown.edu


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