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Certification Program (CMF)

Certification Program (CMF)

  Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation 2015 

Now Accepting Applications for CMF 2015
Deadline: October 10, 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, 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


Certified Mindfulness Facilitators

CMF Graduates:




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. Thomas Anderson, Aurora, Colorado
2. Frank Baird, Westlake Village, California
3. Dawn Bazarko,DNP, MPH, RN, Minnetonka, Minnesota
4. Natalie Bell, Marina Del Rey, California
5. Nicholas Bruss, Los Angeles, California
6. Mani Chandy, La Canada, California
7. Mary Costello, San Francisco, California
8. Lanie David, LCSW, Westfield, New Jersey
9. Praween Dayananda, Austin, Texas
10. Gabriela Deffis, Tijuana, Baja California
11. Renda Dionne, Temecula, California
12. Jesse Fleming, Los Angeles, California
13. Albert Grabb, M.D., Palos Verdes Estates, California
14. Josefina Jimenez, Tijuana, Baja California
15. Randy Junttonen, Durango, Colorado
16. Trudee Klautky, Copley, Ohio
17. Kristen Lisanti, Los Angeles, California
18. Alem Makonnen, Oakland, California
19. Robert McClure, San Diego, California
20. Catherine Michaud, San Diego, California
21. Manijeh Motaghy, PsyD. OMC., West Hills, California
22. Sophia Paparodis, Cincinnati, Ohio
23. Neesha Patel, Ph.D., Berkeley, California
24. Mary Pearle, Studio City, California
25. Rebecca Peters, Salt Lake City, Utah
26. Jahna Perricone, Pacific Palisades, California
27. Lucinda Phillips, Los Angeles, California
28. Alla Poberesky, Los Angeles, California
29. Heather Prete, Los Angeles, California
30. Nirali Shah, Mountain View, California


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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