Engaging and rich Continuing Professional Development
180 Hours CPD
The Master Practitioner of Applied Mindfulness Certification is designed for people who want to use the skills of mindfulness to help others, both one-to-one and teaching mindfulness in groups. This Certification comprises all the elements of Level 1 and Level 2 of the International Trainer of Applied Mindfulness Certification.
In Level 1, you learn what classical and contemporary mindfulness is, and is not, and how it relates to all other types of meditation. Through attending three, 20 hour courses you explore what mindfulness adds to existing psychological tools and approaches, and learn how mindfulness can calm overwhelm and overthinking, manage emotions and life's inevitable challenges. As people learn to understand and manage their own emotions and those of others, they can transform their relationship with themselves and their communication with others- even under stress. Courses can be completed on-site, online or a combination of the two and in any order.
In Level 2, you build on the skills and conceptual understandings developed at Level 1, further deepening your understanding of mindfulness. You attend two retreats, and an online masterclass.
Attending silent teacher-led retreats is a central part of offering mindfulness to others. It is also an ongoing source of professional and personal nourishment and inquiry for mindfulness practitioners and teachers. This immersion in the practice makes it possible to engage skilfully with the kinds of dilemmas and questions that arise in people's practice. Participants are present to the workings of their own mind for extended periods of time in active mindfulness training. During this you observe how to teach mindfulness, what can happen for our clients when practising mindfulness, what the contraindications are, how to manage clients if they have a panic attack or trigger PTSD, depression etc, during mindfulness training. You also develop your own personal qualities of acceptance, patience, trust, non-striving, letting be, insight and stability of mind.
Retreat conditions consequently teach you how to quieten the inner chatter that fuels many mental health, behavioural and interpersonal problems. The Teacher Training 6 month online masterclass and mentoring, exclusive to Masters students, is designed to develop your teaching and programming skills. The assessment includes a reflective journal, research module, creation of your own audio recordings and class programs.
NB. Most mindfulness approaches are drawn from the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition, retreats of which are widely available in Australia. Even though you may have completed retreats in these or other contemplative traditions, we ask you to complete the AIAM silent teacher-led retreats which have an expert focus on developing your teaching skills and understanding of applications in clinical and leadership context.
All courses and retreats include mindfulness practice and theory. Each offers its own unique content. For this reason each of the Level 1 and 2 courses and retreats can be completed in any order to suit your personal and professional development needs. To gain Master Practitioner of Applied Mindfulness Certification, you will need to have attended all Level 1 and 2 courses and retreats, and successfully completed all assessment requirements.
A Professional and or leadership background and an appreciation for integrity, vitality, compassion and wisdom provide good grounding for retreats, and all of the Australian Institute of Applied Mindfulness programs.
Awarding Master of Applied Mindfulness Certification
You are awarded your Master Practitioner of Applied Mindfulness Certification upon satisfactory completion of all elements of the training and assessment.
• Assessment criteria have been formulated with reference to the Mindfulness Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI TAC).
• Assessment is based on emerging competencies, rather than a set amount of teaching or practice.
• Competence is dependant on various factors including levels of experience of mindfulness meditation and retreats, familiarity with movement practice as well as entry level teaching and clinical and/or leadership skills
• Different trainees may require further ongoing practice, retreat or teaching work before they become confident in their role and in the skills, knowledge and wisdom involved in teaching and training.
• You will be advised if there are any steps of the Certification that you have to complete before submitting your final Certification materials.
In-Depth Mindfulness Retreat
|12-16 November 2020||Victor Harbor, SA|
Vulnerability and Strength Mindfulness Retreat
|TBC 2021||Victor Harbor, SA|