Canadian University Launches Graduate Program in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning

Mindfulness Program First of Its Kind: Canadian University Launches Graduate Program in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL)

Registration has just opened at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia for the September start of a groundbreaking, 10-month, part-time program in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning.
This is the first for-credit university mindfulness program in Canada and one of the first in North America. Forty spaces are available in this blended-online graduate program that is suitable for busy professionals. Distance learners participate in the synchronous face-to-face classes using videoconferencing tools.

This university certificate offers a systematic program to extend knowledge and skills in mindfulness-based teaching, learning, and leadership. The courses link Buddhist concepts and practices with recent scientific research and more secular practices developed for the general population. It is ideal for in those working healthcare, education, psychology, social work, criminal justice, the military, yoga and physiotherapy, and workplace training.

“Mindfulness is at the forefront of research and problem-solving in educational, clinical, and criminal justice areas, offering an evidence-based approach to promote mental health, lifelong learning, and wellbeing,” says Dr. Seonaigh MacPherson, who will co-teach the course with Dr. Patricia Rockman.

Dr. MacPherson has practiced meditation for over 40 years and has studied with leading meditation teachers, including with HH the Dalai Lama, Ven. Tara Tulku, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia for an ethnographic study of Tibetan monastic education, A Path of Learning: Indo-Tibetan Buddhism as Education. She holds advanced certification as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction facilitator and trainer.

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