Advanced Certificate in MBHHS

Open to all licensed and/or certificated Healthcare and Human Services Providers!

Are you longing to feel greater resilience and clarity in your life and work?
Do you desire to act with greater wisdom and a sense of stability and groundedness?

Are you wanting to deepen your sense of connectedness, build understanding, insight, and presence? 

There is another way to not just get by but to thrive and grow amid all that is unfolding in these challenging times and learn to teach mindfulness within your professional and therapeutic relationships! 

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Earn CEUs while learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life and work!

NOTE: Complete your Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) prerequisite this Spring for the MBHHS program through this 9-week Mindfulness for Resilience and Stress Reduction program through National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

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Earn an Academic Certificate in Applied Mindfulness! 

In a world where we are all starving for connection and longing for greater ease and wellbeing, this advanced certificate in applied mindfulness is a cutting-edge program that finds itself at the intersection of embodied therapeutic practice, trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive service and a new and ancient way of being that bestows profound and enduring gifts of personal and communal significance. It is a way of thinking that leads to a life of deeper meaning and purpose. Through this work, we become the most present version of ourselves so that we may be more grounded, resilient, and ready to weather the storms ahead as we navigate the complex terrain of healthcare and human service work. Learn to integrate mindfulness into your personal and professional life to manage daily stressors, build psychological characteristics of resilience and stress-hardiness, and learn to skillfully integrate your own embodied experience of mindfulness into your work.

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Your Career Opportunities:

With an Advanced Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Health and Human Services, 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, teaching, and evaluating mindfulness-based interventions and programs in your practice settings and emerging work in the world.

By training to become a mindfulness-based 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 teaching mindfulness and compassion within personal and professional relationships, healthcare practices, human services, and social and cultural 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 and human services settings, lead mindfulness groups, and sessions, and teach patients, students and clients.
  • Participate in stimulating professional dialogue and collaboration on the effects and outcomes of ongoing mindfulness applications and research.
  • Become knowledgeable 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 9-unit Academic MBHHS Program:

$70.00 application fee
$500.00/unit or $1500/semester
$4500 total for 9 academic units.


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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 professional setting. Feel confident in your skill to teach mindfulness within your professional and therapeutic work relationships. 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.
  • Regular Online Broadcasts/Gatherings—An in-depth curriculum designed and taught by MBHHS faculty to support your continued growth and development and 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.
  • 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 final semester, you will engage in a practicum where you will initiate mindfulness interventions within the venue/s of your choosing to teach, 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.

Required Courses

OCTH 205: Mindfulness of Self in Daily Life (3 units) - MBHHP Certificate
Mindfulness-based exploration of self in personal life. The course will focus on personal mindfulness practice informed by the study of the foundations of mindfulness, self-compassion, and interpersonal mindfulness practice
which forms the basis for integrating and sustaining mindfulness in daily life. Students will examine the mindful and compassionate self in relation to health, psychological wellbeing, reduction of symptoms, motivation, and skills that enhance mindful living. Prerequisite: MBSR program

OCTH 207: Mindfulness and Quality of Participation in Daily Occupations (3 units) - MBHHP Certificate
Explore links among quality of participation in daily life, inter-occupational relationship patterns, level of attention, intention, and attitudes we bring to healthcare and human services practice. Examine relationships of automatic patterns of engagement on health and wellbeing. Implement mindfulness-based approaches into inter-occupational relationships. Prerequisite: OCTH 205

OCTH 225: Capstone Evidence-Based MBHHS Practice Project (3 units)- MBHHP Certificate
The emphasis of evidence-based practice for Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Healthcare and Human Services is on strategies for selecting, evaluating and analyzing professional literature and engaging in critical analysis of clinical and professional decision making and crafting into a publishable quality mindfulness-based intervention program. Prerequisite: OCTH 205 and OCTH 207

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(Watch this Youtube video recording of a Zoom Meeting Info Session on June 24, 2020.)

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.

SJSU classes are designed such that in order to be successful, it is expected that students will spend a minimum of three hours per unit per week, including preparing for class, participating in course activities, completing assignments, and so on. More details about student workload can be found in University Policy S12-3.

Will this certificate integrate ways to work with trauma or other specific medical conditions?
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, trauma-sensitive and culturally aware ways we might integrate mindfulness with any population and this would also include knowing when appropriate referrals and consults are indicated.

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