educational initiatives at the Osher Center

Mindfulness Professional skills development

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Mindfulness Teacher Training

This 50-hour training is designed for those who have experienced the transformative beauty of mindfulness practice in their own lives and wish to bring it into their work with others. There will be an emphasis on continuing to develop one’s own practice as we learn how to skillfully and compassionately guide others and to develop a well-rounded understanding of the contemporary field, research findings and historical origins. This program will be a benefit to people who are new to facilitating mindfulness practices as well as those who have already been using it in their work and seek structured mentorship and the richness of a learning community. There will be a day-long meeting once a month for six months, along with mentoring in small groups once monthly via a computer or in-person. A certificate of completion will be offered. Classes will meet on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the following dates: August 23rd, September 13th , October 4th, October 25th, November 15th and December 6th . 


Questions or for more information call Program Coordinator, Diane Sussman at 615-343-1170 or email diane.sussman@vumc.org 


CME and APA CEU credits are pending. 

Fee $1200.00 $240.00 deposit $960.00 due 1 week prior to class starting. 


Course is facilitated by: Michelle Foote-Pearce, DMIN, MSN, MA, LPC-MHSP, RN Director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach, David Vago, PhD, Research Director for the Osher Center and Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Linda Manning, PhD and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Paloma Cain, MA Insight LA, Mindfulness Training Facilitator and Landrew Sevel, Ph.D.