8 Courses Required

Mindfulness is about being in the moment, about truly focusing on the present. When we are mindful, we are aware of the sights and sounds around us, as well as the thoughts and feelings within us. While mindfulness practices have existed in various forms for thousands of years, it has only been in the last few decades that extensive research has demonstrated that consistent mindfulness practices can provide benefit for people suffering from a variety of physical, as well as emotional, ailments. In addition, dedicated mindfulness practice by practitioners has been shown to increase compassion, improve clinical outcomes and reduce burnout.

This certificate program will introduce you to the four primary therapeutic models of mindfulness: mindfulness based stress reduction (MBRS), mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). You’ll explore how these models can be used when working with clients in a variety of settings and be introduced to other mindfulness applications, such as self-compassion and establishing a personal mindfulness practice. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to incorporate a variety of mindfulness practices into their work, as well as use the principles of mindfulness for their own self-care and well-being.

No application required. You do not have to be working toward the Therapeutic Models of Mindfulness certificate to take any of these courses.


  • Mindfulness in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): The Model, the Application, the Practice
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Breathe In and Play: Mindfulness Practice with Children
  • Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being, Resilience, Meaning and More
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): Core Concepts and Practice

ELECTIVES (choose two)

  • Mindful Self-Compassion
  • Mindfulness for Trauma
  • Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) (counts as two electives)


The Therapeutic Models of Mindfulness certificate workshops are available remotely through Zoom.


For more information about this certificate contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234

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