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Certification Program (CMF)

Certification Program (CMF)

  Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation 2015 

Applications for CMF 2016 will be available the summer of 2015.

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, Michael Irwin MD, Susan Smalley PhD, and 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 Facilitator
  • 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
Facilitators will be trained to:
  • Lead mindfulness groups and classes, working with populations with which they are already experienced, in or with groups as appropriate to their interest and background. Such as:
    • Educational settings
    • Medical settings
    • Psychotherapy settings
    • Businesses
    • Universities
    • Non profits
  • Work with individuals to share mindfulness techniques
    Ex. Bring mindfulness to psychotherapy clients; use mindfulness exercises to help individual students at a school or with hospital patients
  • Lead mindfulness lectures for the general public or in their field or community
  • Develop curriculum suitable to the population they will be working with
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 29-February 1
April 23-26
August 13-16
November 5-8 (optional day Nov. 4)

Tuition $7,000 for the full program. Does not include travel, room, and board. Financial support is available
  • 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.
Application Fee $50 (non-refundable)
Application Deadline October 10, 2014 (Postmarked)
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

Certification CMF graduates will receive a Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA
Advanced Individuals who demonstrate excellence may be selected to be trained as an Authorized Mindful Awareness Practices (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 (preferred)
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. We will confirm the receipt of your application via email between October 10-17.

5. Results will be announced on November 24, 2014

Application materials

1) Details for the Applicant 

2) Application Packet

3) Recommendation Letters

4) Submit Application Fee ($50)


Frequently Asked Questions 



This is an Enduring Online program sponsored by The Semel Institute.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Physicians and other medical practictioners that woudld like to incorporate mindfulness into their practice.


1. Demonstrate basic mindful awareness practices and allow for first-hand experience with them.

2. Review science of mindfulness: research on its health benefits, impact for learning and self-regulation, its impact on education.


The Semel Institute is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Semel Institute designates this live activity to a maximum of 128 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

-Social Workers and MFCC/MFTs: The Semel Institute at UCLA is an accredited provider for continuing education credits for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs (provider number PCE 378). This course meets the qualifications for up to 128 hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Board of Registered Nurse Contact Hours: The Semel Institute at UCLA is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 381). Registered nurses attending this course may report up to 128 hours.




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