1. Theoretical and Scientific Background and Benefits of Meditation
Meditation can have a far-reaching impact on your life. It facilitates a deeper feeling of peace and calm while at the same time allowing you to engage with yourself at deeper levels. In addition, meditation has been scientifically researched and the results are clearly indicating the important benefits of the practice. Research is showing that meditation increases psychological wellbeing factors such as acceptance, meaning, happiness, and compassion, while decreasing levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. This Learning Outcome will provide you with the knowledge and understanding surrounding meditation; Module 1 reflects the topics covered as part of this learning outcome.
2. Personal Practice of Meditation
Teaching meditation begins with personal experience of meditation and therefore this teacher training course emphasises personal practice alongside the teaching of theory and exercises. A variety of meditation techniques will be taught to provide you with an intimate experience of different meditation-based exercises. This course would allow you to psychologically and spiritually grow while engaging with these meditation techniques. This learning outcome will provide you with the subjective experience and practice of different meditation techniques; Module 2 reflects the topics covered as part of this learning outcome.
3. Practical Knowledge of Teaching Meditation
As you gain knowledge about meditation, and learn the experience of meditation, you will realise how you could offer others a similar experience of expansion. By engaging with the material on a theoretical level (learning outcom 1) and practical level (learning outcome 2) you will realise how to apply the tools you have learned so that you could teach others.
Teaching others is based upon knowing on a personal level and therefore this third learning outcome will be applied when the first two have been covered. This learning outcome will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools that would allow you to teach others; Module 3 reflects the topics covered as part this learning outcome.
These three learning outcomes (and corresponding Modules), offer a process of transformation. As part of that transformation you will be able to gradually build higher levels of presence – being able to bring your awareness to the “Here and Now”. Meditation invites us to become more present in our everyday life. This course will teach you an engagement with meditation that will allow that presence to penetrate whatever it is you do during the day.
It will create a shift from a mind that is constantly busy and scattered into experiencing a mind that is focused and connected to the moment. Finally, the course would enable you to share and teach this knowledge; there is great pleasure in inviting others to grow and transform.
Who Is the Course for?
The Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training Certificate teaches individuals and health professionals to become qualified instructors of meditation. It is a highly practical course that has been designed to give you the knowledge and experience you need to be a competent teacher of meditation. The course is ideal for individuals already practicing meditation or another yogic discipline, qualified yoga and pilates teachers, alternative therapists, life coaches, counsellors, and others who want to expand their practice or career to include meditation teaching, theory, and methods.
The three Modules are structured as a gradual process where you progress from theoretical knowledge (Module 1), into personal (and practical) experience (Module 2), ending the journey with the skill of teaching others both theory and practice of meditation (Module 3).
Module 1 – Theoretical and Scientific Background and Benefits of Meditation
Providing you with the theoretical knowledge, origins, and context of meditation, while emphasising the benefits, for body and mind, of regular meditation practice.
1.1. Defining Meditation
1.2. The Origins of Meditation
1.3. The importance of Experiencing Meditation vs. Learning about Meditation
1.4. Scientific Research of Meditation
1.5. Meditation Promoting Psychological & Physiological Wellbeing
1.6. Meditation and the Brain
1.7. Therapy (Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching) and Meditation
1.8. Meditation as a Psychological Intervention
1.9 Ego Concepts and Meditation
Module 2 – The Practice of Meditation
Offering you a large volume of exercises and techniques to apply the meditative practice in your life and your teaching
2.1. Overview: Types of Meditation and Mindfulness Practice
2.2. Meditation Techniques to decrease Anxiety and Stress
2.3. Integrating Meditation Practice with Life’s Daily Activities
2.4. Posture while Meditating
2.5. Cultivating Awareness of chatter in the mind
2.6. Cultivating Awareness of Bodily Sensations
2.6. Psychotherapeutic Meditative Exercises (Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching)
2.7. Experimenting with a Variety of Meditation Techniques: Zazen Mindfulness Meditation, Breathing Meditation, Mantra Meditation, Mirror Gazing Meditation, 1-minute-meditation, Talking Meditation, Eating Meditation, Chakra Meditation, Vipassana Meditation – and many more.
Module 3 – Teaching Meditation
Inviting you to demonstrate your ability to lead a meditation session and give a talk about the theory and benefits of meditation.
3.1. The Experience of Teaching Mediation
3.2. Challenges in Teaching Meditation Classes
3.3. Rewards in Teaching Meditation Classes
3.4. Structuring your Meditation Class
3.5. Dealing with Students’ Difficulties during Meditation
3.6. The Art of Being what You Teach
3.7. Communicating the Benefits of Meditation
Accreditation & Assessment
The Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training Course has been approved and validated by the CMA (Complementary Medical Association). As the course is recognised by the CMA you can get insured for the Meditation sessions with your clients / students / groups. The course provides you with 15 CPD (Continuous Professional Development) course credits.
Methods of Assessment and Evaluation
- Assessment of theoretical knowledge: Delivery of 10 minutes presentation of meditation’s theoretical background and benefits.
- Assessment of Practical Skills: Delivery of 10 minutes of meditation teaching using a minimum of two different meditation techniques.
- Questions and answers: In all sessions on the three modules students are encouraged to ask questions which will reflect their level of understanding.
- Group work: In these sessions students exchange knowledge, understanding, and practical tools. Students’ involvement will reflect their skills and understanding of the material.
Dr Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. It makes his heart sing. He is a positive psychologist, a senior lecturer, and the program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). He published many books, journal papers, and book chapters and his main interests are mindfulness, meditation, spirituality, meaning, and self-actualisation.
For the last 15 years Dr Ivtzan has been running meditation seminars, workshops, and retreats, in the UK and around the world. He has also been researching meditation at the University.
To complete the training you need to attend 3 sessions – which are 3 Saturdays (2pm-7.30pm – UK Time).
Session 1 – 7th May 2016
Session 2 – 21st May 2016
Session 3 – 11th June 2016
Please remember the time (2pm-7.30pm) is UK Time – convert it to your local time if you live outside the UK.
All sessions will be recorded. Therefore, you could miss a session and still complete the course.
Live – Online
All sessions will be running live, online, in a high-quality online platform. You will need Internet connection in order to join the sessions.
This professional online platform allows us to conduct teaching of theoretical materials, practice meditations together, have lively group discussions, and all of that from the comfort of your own home.
During the session we will have dedicated time for you to ask questions, share your thoughts, and get to know your fellow students.
I will be teaching all of the sessions live – while recording them as well. If you have missed a session you will still have access to the recording and could therefore complete the course.
Please email me if you have any questions concerning the course.
Cost includes 3 days intensive tuition, handouts creating a workbook, and certificate on completion.
Course Fee: £420 (approximately $630 US)
Concession Fee: £340 (approximately $510 US) (Students, Unemployed)
The fee could be paid in two installments:
1st installment: Registration Fee £210.00. This is due when you enroll on the course.
2nd installment: £210.00 (£130 concession) payable 1 month before course commences.
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