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Certification Program (CMF)

Certification Program (CMF)

  Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation 2015 

Applications for CMF 2015 will be available the Summer of 2014

This year-long program provides training, support, and supervision to those wishing to incorporate mindfulness into their occupation or to share mindfulness with individuals, groups, communities, or institutions. The program consists of four 4-day, in-person practicums and additional meetings by phone, online, and in person. Successful completion of this program will result in a UCLA Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation. Faculty to include Diana Winston, Marvin G. Belzer PhD, Susan Smalley PhD, Daniel Siegel MD among others.


Program Goals

  • To oversee, support and supervise the development of mindfulness skills and techniques in the larger culture by training qualified individuals as Mindfulness Facilitators
  • To provide participants with training and protocol in facilitating mindfulness practices to share with individuals, groups, communities, institutions, professional colleagues and others
  • To support participants in furthering their personal understanding and practice of mindfulness
  • To provide a community of collegial support for participants.
Target Audience Open to the general public
Duration One Year
Location Four 4-day weekends in Los Angeles and additional meetings by phone, online, and in person
Dates of In-Person Practicums

January 23-26
April 24-27
August 7-10
November 6-9 (optional day Nov. 5)

Tuition $5,850 for the full program. Does not include travel, room, and board. Financial support is available
Prerequisite Must have at least four years prior experience with mindfulness or permission of instructor. Must have attended at least one 5-day or longer silent retreat. Please refer to "Details for the Applicant" for more information
Application Fee $50 (non-refundable)
Application Deadline October 14, 2013
Course Structure
  • Four face-to-face 4 day practicums with full group in LA
  • Monthly small group meetings (local in person or phone for remote)
  • Regular personal/professional check-ins with mentor
  • Online interactive website
  • Regular reading and writing assignments
  • Twice yearly feedback on student facilitation
  • Twice yearly mentorship calls following the completion of the program for two years
Outside Requirements
  • Ongoing personal study and practice
  • Participation in one 5-day or longer silent retreat.
  • Ongoing mindfulness placement (i.e. healthcare setting, homeless shelter, youth at risk, business, mental health setting, etc.) unless current job serves as placement (to be determined by CMF faculty)

Core Faculty: Diana Winston, Marvin G. Belzer, PhD, Susan Smalley, PhD.
Guest Faculty: Daniel Siegel, MD, Mike Irwin, MD, Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD, Jeremy Hunter, and others.
Teaching Assistants: Eric Lopez and Deborah Eden Tull

Certification CMF graduates will receive a Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA
Advanced Individuals who demonstrate excellence may be selected to be trained as a MAPs teacher

Application process
1. Register to apply online. Submit the $50 non-refundable application fee. All applicants must register. This will give us a record of your intention to apply and we will await your application. You can pay with a credit card or a check. Please not do send cash. Checks need to be made payable to "UC Regents"
2. Complete the Application Packet and the Recommendation Letters
3.  Submit all forms in one of the following ways:

a. Send to marcinfo@ucla.edu
b. Fax to 310-206-4446
c. Mail to:

Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
760 Westwood Plaza, Rm. 47-444 Box 951759, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1759

4. When we have received your full application, you will receive a confirmation email
5. Results will be announced by November 25, 2013

Application materials

1) Details for the Applicant 

2) Application Packet

3) Recommendation Letters

4) Submit Application Fee ($50)

Frequently Asked Questions



Certified Mindfulness Facilitators

The following people have successfully completed the yearlong UCLA Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation at the Mindful Awareness Research Center, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.


1. Sarah Entine, MSW, Berkeley, California
2. Shahara Godfrey, Ph.D. Oakland, California 
3. Jim Hjort, MSW. Los Angeles, California
4. Debbie Holexa, Phoenix, Arizona
5. Inguna Reinfelde, Los Angeles, California
6. Lindsey Knowles, M.Ed., Tucson, Arizona
7. Shelby Leigh, MA Portland, Oregon
8. Eric Lopez, Mexico City, Mexico
9. Thomas J. Pier, LCSW , Los Angeles, California
10. Karen M. Smith, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
11. Gail Stearns, Ph.D., Orange, California
12. Daisy Swan, CPCC, Los Angeles 
13. Carmen Trevino, Mexico City, Mexico


  1. Gael Belden, Ojai, California
  2. Richard Berger, MD, Seattle Washington
  3. Forest Fein, Sebastopol, California
  4. Yanel Gonzalez, Monterrey, Mexico
  5. Margaret Dunham, PsyD, MFT, Santa Monica, California
  6. Diane Hetrick, Seattle, Washington
  7. Mitra Manesh, Beverly Hills, California
  8. Nikki Mirghafori, Ph.D. Berkeley, California
  9. Phyllis Oscar, San Francisco, California
  10. Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou, London, The United Kingdom
  11. Paula Ravets, Los Angeles, California
  12. Henry Schipper, Venice, California
  13. Brian Shiers, Los Angeles, California
  14. Deborah Eden Tull, Portland, Oregon
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