Jefferson University Hospitals

Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Professionals

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This Practicum is for professionals who intend to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or who want to integrate mindfulness into their professional practice. It is modeled after the practicum offered at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Practicum participants will take an 8-week foundational MBSR course as participant observers. In addition, participants will engage in 10 seminar sessions with Aleeze Moss, PhD, a certified MBSR teacher, and fellow participants to explore such questions as: “What draws me to teaching mindfulness or to integrating mindfulness into my work and what challenges do I face?” Participants will acquire a deep understanding of the transformative possibilities in teaching mindfulness. They will gain an overview of the streams of scientific and academic research surrounding mindfulness-based interventions. They will have the opportunity to practice guiding other practicum participants in sitting and moving meditation and in facilitating group discussion and individual inquiry. Participants will develop the personal capacity to speak the truth from/of silence. There will be opportunities to explore ways to remain connected to the community of mindfulness professionals and to obtain further training.

The Practicum begins with a 4.5-hour seminar held before the MBSR class begins. The 8-weeks of the MBSR course begin with the 2.5-hour MBSR classes in the mornings, followed by 3-hour seminars in the afternoon of the same day. A full day of mindfulness practice is held during the week of the 5th or 6th MBSR class. Final meeting is a 4.5-hour seminar held after the MBSR course ends.

Monday, June 25– Opening Seminar
Tuesdays June 26 through – August 14 MBSR Classes and Seminars
A full day of mindfulness on a weekend date TBA
Wednesday, August 15 Closing Seminar

Monday, June 25 - 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Seminar only)
Tuesdays, June 26 through – August 14- 9:30 a.m. to noon (MBSR class); 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Seminar)
Full Day of Mindfulness- (weekend date TBD)
Wednesday, August 15 – 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Seminar only)

Meeting Site(s)/Location:  Jefferson’s Center City Campus 

Tuition:  $1800.00
The balance after the $100 application deposit is $1,700. In addition to the deposit, a minimum of $500 is due one month prior to the start date of the Practicum (by May 25, 2018, this payment is non-refundable.  Checks payable to JMBCIM; see address below, or to pay by credit card please call 215-503-6741). The remaining $1,200 can be paid at the opening session or in installments with payment complete by the end of the ten week program. Once the Practicum has begun, participants are responsible for the total balance; there are no refunds or prorated payments.

Continuing Education Credit Hours 

  • Sixty (60) CE hours for social workers. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors (Section 47.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. (cost: $15 for members and $25 for non-members payable to NASW).
  • Continuing Education for psychologists (Pending)
Click here for more information about CEs.


  • A commitment to daily mindfulness practice is required.
  • Participation in at least one 5-day or longer silent, teacher-led, mindfulness meditation retreat.
  • Participation in an 8 week MBSR foundation course.

How to Apply

Please write an application letter which addresses the following

  • What draws you to participate in the Practicum?
  • What your vision or intentions are for integrating mindfulness into your work.
  • A description of your meditation training and your regularity of practice.
  • A description of the silent, teacher-led, meditation retreats that you have attended.
  • What experience you have  with Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBSR or MBCT trainings, participation in an MBSR course)
  • A brief history of your psychological and spiritual development

Send a copy of your current CV or resume, which includes information about your professional training and work.

Please send your application letter and CV along with a $100 non-refundable application fee* to:

Mindfulness Institute
Jefferson Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine
1015 Chestnut Street, Suite 1212
Philadelphia, PA 19107

*The application fee will be used toward your tuition if you are accepted into the Practicum

For More Information about the application process, call 215-503-6741 or e-mail

Dates Offered:

Monday, June 25, 2018 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Monday, June 25 - 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Seminar only)
Tuesdays, June 26 through August 14 - 9:30 a.m. to noon (MBSR class); 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Seminar) Weekend date TBD - Full Day of Mindfulness
Wednesday, August 15 – 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Seminar only)

Mindfulness Institute

1013 Chestnut Street, 1st Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107

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