Mindfulness-Based Strategic Awareness Teacher Training Program

Mindfulness-Based Strategic Awareness Trainer Certification

Mindfulness-Based Strategic Awareness Training (MBSAT) was developed by Professor Juan Humberto Young 

In these complex and uncertain times it is essential to have cognitive flexibility and the ability to adapt to new challenges – MBSAT founded on mindfulness and positive psychology develops these. Furthermore, drawing from Professor’s Young’s expertise in business, from consulting to senior management, it is delivered in a language familiar and accessible to the business community. MBSAT can make a difference and change lives.

Learn to teach MBSAT and be instrumental in changing the workplace for the better

The Course

The course is a 1-year comprehensive training to teach MBSAT. It comprises 3x 1-week residential teacher led training blocks based at IE in Spain and Switzerland, a 1-week residential retreat (location to be confirmed), as well as student led training (personal practice and delivery of an 8-week MBSAT programme).

Teacher Led – Residential Components

Block 1: Origins and Experience of MBSAT

In this block you will gain a working knowledge of the origins of MBSAT, including the need for it in the workplace and the underpinning science (mindfulness, neuroscience, positive psychology, behavioural finance and management). You will also experience first hand this unique programme. While it is expected that all
students have completed a personal mindfulness training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or equivalent it is essential to develop as an MBSAT teacher to have direct experience of the MBSAT programme. In this first block you will participate in an accelerated training delivered by experienced Oxford University trained teachers. This will be an opportunity for you to familiarise with the core programme, exercises and practices allowing you to appreciate the subtle and fundamental differences between this and other mindfulness training. The subsequent blocks are focused on equipping you to teach an 8-week MBSAT programme on which your competency to teach will be assessed. It is essential that you develop a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of the programme and core teaching skills, including managing groups and importantly leading inquiry a key component to mindfulness teaching.

Block 2: Developing as a Teacher – Theory & Teaching Skills 1 (Understanding Sessions 1-4)

The first half of the MBSAT programme is focused on developing the foundations of mindfulness. Research has shown that practising mindfulness can change the brain in a positive way, improving cognitive faculties and enhanced emotional intelligence. Here we look closely at mind wandering the activity of the default mode network in the brain and how mindfulness meditation can be used to train attention. Formal practices covered are: body scan, sitting meditation and mindful movement. Exercises in these sessions focus on gaining an insight into to how our minds can mess with us . Seeing how we can get caught up in believing thoughts are facts and missing the level of interpretation of experience, which underpins our emotional state. Participants are learning that there are different ways of knowing experience, either conceptually or directly. The signature BETA practice is taught as a practical way of learning to step out of reactive behaviours and learn to respond more skilfully. In this block in addition to gaining theoretical knowledge you will have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills through small group teach backs led by a tutor. These are designed to be supportive and informative allowing all students to develop essential teaching skills at their own pace.

Block 3: Developing as a Teacher – Theory & Teaching Skills 1 (Understanding Sessions 5-8)

The second half of the MBSAT programme is the unique component of applying mindfulness to develop strategic awareness. The innovative sessions here are directly relevant to the workplace with practices and exercises developed to improve decision-making and bring about transformation. These include Building Mindful Real Options, which cultivates through mindfulness authenticity, positivity and sustainable wellbeing. The later part of the programme focuses on finance and the influence of money on our behaviours, looking at moving from powerful money (POMO) to mindful money (MOMO). Finally, there is an opportunity to develop a personal plan of how we want to be in the world: SOPA evaluating our strengths, opportunities and positive actions. In this block in addition to gaining theoretical knowledge relevant to this section of the course you will continue to develop your teaching skills through small group teach backs led by a tutor. Emphasis will be on the highly specialised exercises and practices unique to this programme.

Block 4: Retreat

This provides a chance to deepen practice and to continue to develop and refine teaching skills. As both personal practice and teaching skills progress the focus and advice will become more tailored to individual needs to develop as a teacher. The retreat is an ideal opportunity to do this and to ensure that you are ready to deliver your 8-week MBSAT programme.

Student Led – Non Residential Components

Personal Practice

While it is important to gain a working theoretical knowledge of the programme development as a teacher needs to be based on experiential practice.

Key to development is personal practice, which is why you will be asked to keep a personal practice diary throughout the year. This will consist of a log of time spent practising and types of practice as well as a reflective element.

Delivery of MBSAT 8 – Week programme

Students are required to teach a full 8-week MBSAT programme to a suitable cohort. This is the key component of the programme in evaluating whether you are ready to teach MBSAT.

All students will be supported through this and given guidance as needed by their tutor/supervisor.

Personal Tutor/Supervisor

All students are assigned a personal tutor/supervisor for the duration of the course. You will receive a tutorial each teaching block and have access to 3x Skype supervisions during the teaching of your MBSAT Programme.

Course assignments

There are 3 written assignments that correspond to the residential teaching blocks. Assignments for blocks 1-3 will be 4,000 word essays based on the module.

Personal practice diary

  • This is a log of practice times and practices
  • This is an opportunity to reflect on personal practice and gain insights
  • Word limit 8000 words
  • This is submitted at the end of the year 31 December

Project – Teaching MBSAT

Students are required to teach a full MBSAT programme to a suitable cohort that they will have identified and had approved prior to the course commencing. This must be to a minimum of 6 participants. All sessions are required to be video recorded and these videos submitted for assessment of teaching competency. The student is responsible for the recording and quality of videos. Guidance will be given. A written account of the project including reflections on teaching must be submitted along with the video recordings.

Qualifying to teach MBSAT

To pass the MBSAT Teacher training a candidate must have

  • Attended all teaching blocks including the retreat Completed all assignments to a specified standard
  • Delivered an MBSAT programme and attained a level of teaching competency as set out in the MBI –TAC
  • Satisfied their supervisor/tutor that they are ready to teach.

Course Dates 2018

  • Block 1 – Jan. 15 –19
  • Block 2 – April 30 -4 May
  • Block 3 – July 30 – 3 August
  • Block 4 – Sept. 2 -7
  • Personal Practice Diary and MBSAT project are due by 31st December 2018

MBSAT-TT 2018 completed
with an international cohort from USA, Singapore, Korea,
Mexico, Lebanon, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain.


Requirements based on UK Good Practice guideline

Applications supported by written piece outlining why they wish to do the course and why
they should be given a place (What do they bring to the course?)


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