Mindfulness-based Behavior Change Facilitator Training Course

Judson Brewer, MD PhD
 
Judson Brewer MD PhD is an internationally known thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center and associate professor of psychiatry at the Medical School. 


Dr. Brewer has developed novel mindfulness programs for behavior change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. His current research interests include the intersection between mindfulness, emotion regulation and behavior change. His lab is studying this via multiple modes, including linking theoretical models to behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of action using experience sampling (aka ecological momentary assessment), EEG (e.g. source-estimated EEG neurofeedback), and fMRI methodologies. Additionally, his work bridges basic and clinical sciences through translational research that includes design, testing, and implementation of digital therapeutics in real-world settings. 


His work has been featured on 60 minutes, at TED.com (4th most viewed talk of 2016 with over 10 Million views), in documentaries, books and news outlets across the world. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).
Robin Boudette, PhD
 
Robin Boudette, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of specializing in eating recovery.  She cofounded the Medical Center at Princeton Eating Disorders Program and coordinated the Eating Recovery Team and Princeton University Health Services for 14 years.  She is a certified MBSR teacher, has completed 3 yoga teacher training programs and the Community Dharma Leader program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  She is a member of the teaching team at the Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and teaches mindfulness in healthcare, higher education and workplace settings.

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Learn how to accelerate behavior change

What is behavior change facilitation?

 

Behavior change facilitation is an evidence based approach that combines a digital therapeutic (app-based training) with in-person facilitated sessions to address unwanted behaviors and bad habits at their source: in the brain.


Using a "flipped classroom" model, patients/client receive targeted mindfulness training in 5-10 minutes per day delivered via an app for conditions like smoking, binge eating, or anxiety. They can practice and develop their skills at home with digital training, and then come to see you in an individual or group setting for specific guidance around their experiences from the prior week.


This approach maximizes both effectiveness and efficiency for the client and for the clinician or coach.

Course Details

Learning Objectives
 

Describe how habits are formed and perpetuated with regard to emotional eating, smoking, anxiety and beyond.


Describe how mindfulness affects brain processes.


Discuss how mindfulness approaches can help change addictive habit patterns


Describe the “flipped classroom” learning model


Demonstrate facility with mindful inquiry skills noticing, dialoguing and linking and facilitation in group and/or individual settings.


Observe how mindfulness skills and knowledge of operant conditioning are implemented with group participants by experienced facilitator trainers in weekly online web group check-ins.

Evaluate trainer adherence to principles of the Mindfulness-Based Intervention Teacher Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) in weekly online web group.


Discuss observations/insights of weekly online web group in a training group setting.


Communicate with online community members, utilizing mindfulness skills and knowledge of operant conditioning.

 

Rolling application window: 

July 1, 2019 - August 20, 2019

Registration fee due (accepted applicants): 

September 9, 2019

Program begins

October 2, 2019 

(NOTE: you must have completed program on which you're training by this date.)

Step 2 Training: 

Begins upon completion of Step 1

Dates & Deadlines
 
Course Fees & Materials
 

Step 1:  $500

Step 2:  $500 (includes certification)

Pre-requisites
 

Completion of a mindfulness training program (MBSR or equivalent)

Daily personal meditation practice (minimum 1 year)

Completion of Eat Right Now, Unwinding Anxiety, or Craving to Quit programs (can be started prior to course)  

Instructors
 
How to apply
 

Fill out an application form (click button below) and the course instructors will contact you. 

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Payment is not required until you have been accepted into the course.

Accelerate behavior change in your patients and clients using a combination of digital guidance and in-person facilitation.

Training Details
Overview
 

What: The Behavior Change Facilitator Training Course is an 8 to 16 week online program that teaches participants how to facilitate "flipped classroom" behavior change sessions in combination with a digital therapeutic app.

Why: many healthcare professionals have experienced the benefits of mindfulness through personal practice but are unsure how to introduce evidence-based mindfulness practices to their patients or clients, or they don't have time during their existing weekly sessions to provide adequate training or guidance. 

The "flipped classroom" model uses an app to deliver training, and frees the clinician to deliver customized support in weekly sessions.

Who: healthcare professionals & coaches who have a background in mindfulness and wish to develop and pair their skills with digital therapeutics to bring mindfulness-based behavior change into their work with individuals and/or groups.  

This includes physicians, psychotherapists, psychologists, nurses, dieticians, health coaches, and other healthcare professionals, as well as existing mindfulness/MBSR instructors who wish to broaden their ability to address habits and unwanted behaviors.

Where: All training is delivered live and on-line via a Zoom platform.

Course Structure
 

The Facilitator in Training (FIT) program consists of a multi-step process to ensure facilitators are teaching from their own experience. Facilitation centers around helping individuals identify their “habit loops” that perpetuate stress and unhealthy mental and physical behaviors. 


In this course, you will learn how to use a "flipped classroom" model with your patients or clients. Your patients will use a "digital therapeutic" app which combines 5-10 minutes of daily training via the Eat Right Now app (binge, emotional and overeating), the Unwinding Anxiety app, or the Craving to Quit app (smoking cessation).


Step 1:  (8 sessions)


Facilitators-in-training (FITs) begin by learning the core scientific concepts of habit formation and behavior change as applied to their own lives and those of others through attending a weekly (Wednesdays 12:00 -1:00 pm) on-line flipped classroom facilitated by Drs. Brewer and Boudette. FITs then immediately move into group training in which this live group material becomes the basis for discussion and learning (Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 pm EST). Focus is placed on developing process and inquiry skills through direct group discussion as well as short small group break-out practice teaching sessions. Cohorts for Step 1 begin at the same time, yet individuals can pace themselves to account for time away (e.g. the 8 sessions are not required to be completed sequentially).

Step 2: (8 sessions)


After completing Step 1, FITs will be begin facilitating the habit change programs within a group context or individual sessions in their own clinical setting. They will continue to attend weekly group training and begin peer training. Once they have started teaching, they record an initial session. This is reviewed by a peer and trainer who provide feedback to the FIT. After receiving feedback, they then record a second session. This is reviewed a second time by a peer and a trainer. The training includes both getting and giving feedback. When the appropriate abilities and skills in teaching and facilitation are demonstrated, typically after the second recording, they then can submit their materials to become a qualified Behavior Change Facilitator.

What is behavior change facilitation?

 

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Continuing Education
 

Up to 28 continuing education credits are available through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG).  ISG is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to provide continuing education credits to psychologists.  ISG is also an approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider with the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR).  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and content.