Teachers share practices and potential benefits of CBCT®

CBCT® Teacher Certification Program

CBCT® TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM 2018
(formerly a program of the Emory-Tibet Partnership)
Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Emory University

APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 1, 2018.
TRAINING LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia with online componenents.
TRAINING START DATE: July 7, 2018

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

In 2005, Emory University launched a research study to evaluate whether compassion training could be employed as a method to address growing rates of depression in college undergraduates. The results of that study demonstrated that the practice of compassion meditation reduced neuroendocrine, inflammatory and behavioral responses to psychosocial stress that have been previously linked to the development of mental and physical disease. These promising results attracted the attention of leaders in education, medicine, and the Atlanta foster care system. Over the last several years, members of our team have initiated a series of research projects evaluating the efficacy of our CBCT® intervention for healthy adults, elementary school children, adolescents in foster care, and survivors of trauma.

To meet the needs of the growing research programs, we launched our first CBCT® Teacher Certification Program, Level One, in 2011. This program offers a comprehensive introduction to CBCT® theory and pedagogy, and certifies teachers to begin teaching CBCT® in research and community-outreach settings.

The CBCT® Teacher Certification program is intended for those with a long-term contemplative or meditative practice who wish to deepen their knowledge of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training and to serve as CBCT® instructors for ongoing research projects or for outreach in their personal or professional communities.  The list of Certified Teachers includes people from many areas, including K-12 teachers, therapists, doctors, nurses, community organizers, researchers, and graduate students.  All are people who have taken the Foundation Course in CBCT® and hope to make CBCT® a bigger part of their lives. 

TEACHING CBCT® IN AN INSTITUTIONAL SETTING

Please note that if an institution wants to offer CBCT®, for example by having its staff teach CBCT® as part of their salaried duties or by offering CBCT® to individuals who pay the institution directly for instruction, an institutional agreement with Emory University is required, in addition to the Certification Agreement that is required for individual instructors.  Please inquire directly with the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, if you would like to know more about the Institutional Agreement.

TEACHING CBCT® FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES

Please note that CBCT® Teachers are expected to coordinate all research on CBCT® with the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, as spelled out in detail in the Certification Agreement (explained in more detail under “Level One” below).

CERTIFICATION FOR THOSE LIVING OUTSIDE ATLANTA

Long-distance training for those outside of the Atlanta area is available as long as the applicant commits to in-person attendance at the summer Retreat/Workshop and the Practicum weekend intensive.  Also, special accommodation for the Supervised Co-Teaching (formerly called “Teaching Assistantship”) must be addressed on a per-person basis, and videotaping of the Supervised Co-Teaching classes will likely be required.