Become a certified MBSAT Facilitator and help substance using teens and young adults thrive with mindfulness!

Become certified in the 12-session, evidence-based, mindfulness for substance abuse curriculum that was developed specifically for teenagers. Learn how to share mindfulness is an innovative way youth will be receptive to!

Based on the book, “Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum” (Routledge, 2015) and the program that is on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Next training cohort

  • Location: Virtual, Online, Live
  • Upcoming Training:  October 26th and 27th 2023
  • Prerequisite: Mindfulness for Trauma and Addiction: Daylong for Helping Professionals is a prerequisite for this certification. 
  • Cost (Option 1): $797 if you’ve already completed the above prerequisite
  • Cost (Option 2): $997 if you haven’t completed the above prerequisite (this includes access to the self-paced version of the course that must be completed before the training)
  • Access: Both options include access to the certification + bimonthly membership live call + online resource dashboard 
  • 12 CEs for eligible mental health professional3

Note: attendance for the entire training is mandatory for certification and CEs

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Explore the 12-sessions of the curriculum*

*Lessons are presented as they are in the book, “Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment With Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum” (Routledge, 2015). In the certification you will learn how to adapt for individual and other group sessions, and also how to tailor the curriculum to your program’s unique needs (i.e., 10 sessions, 8 sessions, etc.)

Session Agenda:

  • Informal greeting
  • Introduction to the group
  • Group agreements
  • Defining mindfulness
  • Mindfulness of deep breathing
  • Group Poll: Learning interest of group
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Centering meditation
  • Mindful check-in
  • Drug classifications activity
  • Fatal drug combinations
  • Mindfulness of deep breathing
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Role play: Mental vs. physical power
  • Discussion: Reacting vs. responding
  • STIC contemplation
  • STIC role plays
  • Mindfulness of the breath
  • Mindful check-in
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Centering meditation
  • Poem: “The Perfect High”
  • Mindful check-in
  • Debate: Pros/cons of drug use
  • Personal pros/cons of drug use
  • Bodyscan Meditation
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Centering meditation
  • Emotional categories
  • Emotional expression and gender norms
  • Stand if
  • Deep disclosure
  • Game: Concentration
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Youth-led centering meditation
  • Mindful check-in
  • Brain presentation I
  • Meditation break
  • Brain presentation II
  • Bodyscan Meditation
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Youth-led centering meditation
  • Mindful check-in
  • Mindful eating activity
  • The role of craving in drug use
  • Nonmoving Bodyscan meditation
  • Worksheet: The roots of craving
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Youth-led centering meditation
  • Mindful check-in
  • Mindfulness of triggers
  • Three levels of influence
  • Noting Awareness meditation
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Youth-led centering meditation
  • My children contemplation
  • The effect of drug use on family relationships
  • Addiction and intergenerational trauma
  • Compassion Meditation (Family) 
  • Mindful check-in
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Peer pressure role play
  • Discussion: Friends vs. Accomplices/Acquaintances/Associates
  • Mindful check-in (with prompt)
  • Mindful communication
  • Youth-developed peer pressure skits
  • Compassion Meditation (Friends/Associates)
  • Close out 

Session Agenda:

  • Youth-led centering meditation
  • Mindful check-in
  • Mindfulness of external environment
  • Transforming systems of influence
  • Compassion Meditation (Community)
  • Close out

Session Agenda:

  • Final meditation
  • Mindful check-in
  • Focus group
  • Group appreciations
  • Food celebration
  • Certificates of completion
  • Closing ceremony

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