Advanced Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy
Open to all Healthcare Practitioners!
Change the Way You Practice Occupational Therapy!
- Dr. Wynn Schultz-Krohn
Today’s fast-paced world and complex healthcare institutions can cause many healthcare practitioners to feel overwhelmed and experience depression, anxiety, burnout, and health problems. SJSU’s Advanced Certificate in MBOT is a unique program providing an opportunity to nourish your own personal and professional development in a truly special way. We are building a mindfulness-based healthcare community with the intention of co-journeying together toward greater and greater degrees of self-compassion, awareness, clarity, and insight. Learn to integrate mindfulness into your personal and professional life to manage daily stressors and learn to skillfully integrate your own embodied experience of mindfulness into your healthcare practice.
Click below to listen to the founding director and lead instructor, Rochelle McLaughlin.
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Your Career Opportunities:
With an Advanced Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy, you will be at the forefront of this emerging area of practice as an ambassador of mindfulness in your personal life, work environment, and community. Based upon your experience and the depth and breadth of your personal mindfulness practice, this advanced certificate will support you in gaining skills, knowledge, and know-how to be a dedicated leader in creating, implementing, and evaluating mindfulness-based interventions and programs in your healthcare practice settings.
By training to become a mindfulness-based healthcare practitioner, you will:
- Learn how to deeply integrate mindfulness meditation into your life with tools for the heart, body, mind, and building relationships.
- Train to integrate practices of mindfulness, compassion, love, kindness, and forgiveness into your personal and professional life.
- Gain skills of applying mindfulness and compassion to personal and professional relationships, healthcare practices, and social change.
- Receive ongoing individual and group mentoring throughout the program from skilled mindfulness teachers and practitioners.
- Learn to develop mindfulness-based programs and workshops within professional healthcare settings, lead mindfulness groups, and sessions, and guide patients and clients.
- Participate in one in-person 5-day residential retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area to connect and collaborate with your fellow aspiring certified mindfulness-based practitioners to deepen your practice.
- Participate in stimulating professional dialogue and collaboration on the effects and outcomes of ongoing mindfulness applications and research.
- Become conversant in the current research of skillful practice that ultimately fosters traits that support skillful means for healthier self, practice, and professional teamwork.
- Join a vibrant international community of healthcare professionals committed to deepening their own experience and familiarity with the practice of mindfulness.
Course Fees for the 11-unit Academic MBOT Program:
$55.00 application fee
$525.00/unit, $5775 for 11 academic units.*
*Travel, room, and board expenses for the San Francisco Bay Area 5-Day Residential
Retreat are not included in the academic unit costs and will be in addition to the
course fees. Further details for the retreat will be provided upon admission into
During the program, you will engage in:
- Didactic Teaching - Establish a foundation and familiarity with current awareness practices and research on the effects of mindfulness meditation. Build skills for integrating mindfulness into one’s own life and healthcare setting. Learn to apply transformational skills of mindfulness during moments of mental and emotional intensity, physical pain, challenging situations, and relational conflict.
- Guided Meditations and Core Formal Practices - Develop your mindfulness and compassion practice with the formal practices of awareness of breath, body scans, mindful hatha yoga, and movement, walking meditations, open awareness, loving-kindness meditations, guided reflective practices, mindful communication practices, and mindfulness in self-care and daily activity practices.
- One, Mid-program, 5-Day Residential Retreat — An integral part of your training, this 5-day residential retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area will give you the opportunity to get to know your teachers as well as all of your fellow students for further learning, collaboration, and connection. It is intended to provide the opportunity to firmly and effectively establish the use of mindfulness skills across multiple situations, while simultaneously preparing participants to utilize these methods far beyond the conclusion of the program. Practice periods of guided silent mindfulness meditation and time for group discussion and learning will be provided to further develop and deepen mindfulness skills.
- Regular Online Broadcasts/Gatherings—An in-depth curriculum designed and taught by MBOT faculty to support your continued growth and development.
- Individual and Group Mentorship—Mentorship sessions will be provided by highly qualified instructors to help address your personal questions and growth areas.
- Practice Group Sessions—Opportunities will be facilitated to connect with your peers for feedback, inspiration, collaboration, and support. During your 4th semester, you will engage in a practicum where you will initiate mindfulness interventions in the healthcare profession venue of your choosing to share and demonstrate your growing skill set. During this time, you will be supported by regular broadcasts/online gatherings, mentoring, and peer group gatherings.
Upon acceptance, you will receive information on how to access the course and sign
up for mentoring and peer group sessions. You will also receive information about
the location and details of the 5-day residential retreat.
Learn more about Requirements for Admission and Apply Here!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Financial Support Available?
We are unable to offer scholarships or financial aid at this time, but we welcome donations to support future opportunities.
Can I Get CEU’s or PDU’s for This Training?
Continuing Education and Professional Development Units will be offered. More details will be announced at a later time.
How might this program fit into my complex life and work? How much time should I expect
to spend on the coursework?
The foundation of applying mindfulness in your life and in the workplace is based on growing and being rooted in an ongoing personal practice that is further supported by group practice and experienced teachers that can provide support and clarification. This personal mindfulness practice is a gradually growing, intentional pathway of ongoing experience and exploration that unfolds over time as you engage in your practice. It is a changing or widening of the habitual point of view, a mostly gradual, but powerful process.
Unlike some other fields of practice, mindfulness must be rooted firmly in the experience of lived ongoing personal practice since it is not a “technique” but a gradual practice and growth in supporting perceptual, neurological, biological experiential change that grows out of sustained practice over time. It increasingly becomes a powerful foundation in life.
With this being said, when we value something, we make a choice to dedicate some of our time to it, to prioritize some formal time for practice, as well as gently integrating mindfulness throughout our day. How people manage to problem solve creating time for practice and other priorities is the ongoing human project and a work in progress. It is a wonderful support to have a group of like-minded people for encouragement, inspiration, and community. This community also provides a rich dialogue and exploration for applications of mindfulness in different settings.
Will this certificate integrate ways to work with trauma or other specific medical
While a strong foundation and growing practice is a cornerstone of this certificate program, as caregivers and healthcare practitioners, we each bring a unique background in professional clinical training and judgement as well as training and experience with particular populations and settings.
Of course, in any clinical situation the context, history, diagnosis, precautions, conditions, kinds of screenings, relationship development, rapport building, and responses are all necessary parts of assessment, treatment planning, and interventions related to integrating mindfulness into one’s work environment. They are all an important part of the complex whole. And when a practitioner’s own life is rooted in a personal mindfulness practice, it deeply informs interpersonal relationships including those that may be affected by trauma or other conditions.
As a cohort, and within practice partnerships we will explore and problem solve the most careful and thoughtful, appropriate and authentic ways we might integrate mindfulness with any population and this would also include knowing when appropriate referrals and consults are indicated.