About the program

Organizations have an increasing demand for mindfulness training. As part of their vitality programs for example, or to enhance sustainable employability for leaders and employees. But also, to develop a work environment that fosters employee well-being, effective teamwork and high performance.

Teaching mindfulness to organizations is a profession on its own. A profession more and more trainers wish to develop. And that is what this program is about: to develop your professionality in bringing mindfulness to organizations.

We will provide you with knowledge about what it means for people to work in organizations, and how that impacts the way you can teach mindfulness. You will learn how employees deal with stress and the need to perform, and how this is influenced by for example engagement, control and commitment. All of this based on the newest insights from organization science, psychology, neuro science and mindfulness.

This program teaches you how to effectively apply the best interventions for mindfulness in organizations. You will learn what it takes to establish yourself as a professional mindfulness trainer for organizations: how to approach organizations, how to make a business case, how to conduct the training, and how to make sure both your participants and the organization as-a-whole feel your training has been effective and worth-while.

Program overview

3 bollenThe program is built around the idea that as a mindfulness trainer in organizations you need to work on the intersection of three areas: the personal development of employees, the requirements of his or her profession, and the organization they work at, including its teams, culture and developments. Each individual area and their intersections present employees and managers with a myriad of challenges: mental pressure, understanding and misunderstanding, not being able to meet workplace demands, difficulties in cooperation, annoying colleagues, no control over their work, a tough or threatening organizational culture, etc. . But - fortunately – each area and intersection can have positive effects as well, such as feeling part of something bigger, personal and professional growth, fun, and a sense of relevance and contribution.


The program Trainer Mindfulness in Organizations helps you develop a better understanding of the different areas and their intersections. And of course, you will learn new competencies to support adults within organizations in their learning process so employees, managers and their organizations can develop more effective ways to deal with the challenges they are facing.

Modules

The program consists of three modules: in the first module, we focus on your own understanding of how organizations work and on how to intervene – with mindfulness training to create an organizational culture where quality and high performance go hand in hand with well-being and flourishing of co-workers. Next up is the practical component of this program: the second module in which you will contract and conduct a mindfulness training in an organization to show your competence in teaching mindfulness in a work context. During this module, you will reflect upon your work in supervised peer groups (possible both on- and offline). Your experiences will be used as input for module three. This third and last module focuses on how you as a trainer grow your competence in intervening in organizations to employees and organizations can develop a better understanding of their functioning and how they can apply mindfulness in their daily work and leadership. You will also learn how mindfulness can help organizations perform better without sacrificing well-being.

The first and third module, which each consist of three consecutive days, combine short theoretical introductions with exercises in contracting and applying mindfulness interventions in organizations, and with the possibility to exchange questions and experiences with other participants. Prior to the program, you will be asked to describe two of your own cases and to read some literature.

The program outline is as follows:

Module 1 – Mindfulness in organizations: dynamics and challenges

  • Program introduction and exchange of learning objectives.
  • Mindfulness in Organizations (MiO) as a profession:
    • Why and when mindfulness in organizations is helpful, and when not;
    • How it differs from individual mindfulness training; how do adults learn;
    • Teacher competencies (embodiment in organizational context: security, power, discomfort, here-and-now-interventions, applied exercises MiO, adult learning in organizations; speaking the language);
    • Contracting, implementation, evaluation and ethics of training mindfulness in organizations;
    • Mindfulness in the organizational context: scientific findings
  • Organizational culture change: dynamics and interventions
    • Dynamics between person, profession and organization (guest lecturer Marie-Claire Dassen);
    • Stress and engagement in organizations: the Job Demands-Resources (guest lecturer Professor Arnold Bakker);
    • Modern HR: performance and purpose
  • Positioning mindfulness in organizations: creating enthusiasm and support
    • What impact can organizations expect?
    • Scientific evidence to support mindfulness in organizations;
    • Different types of interventions (shorter-longer; broad impact or specific goal; offline-online);
    • The need for management support of learning and change.
  • Preparation for module 2/ supervised practice period
    • Marketing, getting buy-in, ethics, execution and evaluation of courses in organizations.

Module 2 – Supervised practice period

  • Contract, design, conduct and evaluate a mindfulness training in an organization;
  • Participate in supervised peer group meetings;
  • Show videotape of a teaching session;
  • Write reflection paper.

Module 3 – Embedding mindfulness in organizations

  • Didactics in adult learning
    • Looking back on the practice period; integrating feedback and evaluation from your practice period;
    • Exchange of progress on learning objectives;
  • Teacher competencies: supporting others in developing insights and continuous practice.
  • Mindfulness in Organizations (MiO) as a profession, part 2: different interventions
    • Comparing MiO with several other approaches such as Search Inside Yourself, Potential Workplace Project and MT;
    • Enhancing teamwork in organizations: mindfulness based models for communication and collaboration.
    • The ethics of working in an organizations: broader context of mindfulness (from performance to purpose).
  • Leadership, culture and organizational change, part 2
    • Neuroscience and mindfulness (guest lecturer: Tim Gard);
    • Positive psychology in organizations;
    • Mindful leadership, emotional intelligence and mindful self-compassion.
  • Completion of training
    • Looking back on learning objective and development during the program;
    • Looking ahead at your development as a trainer.

Certificate and Learning Network

Upon completion of the course you will receive the certificate Trainer Mindfulness in Organizations. In addition, you become a member of the Learning Network Training MIO, where alumni from the train the trainer program can share their knowledge and experience and can attend additional annual master classes.

Teaching staf

Wibo Koole is the head of program. He is an experienced mindfulness himself, and the author of two books on mindfulness in organizations: Mindful Leadership for Effective Teams and Organizations, and Mindfulness at Work. 
In addition, we will work with guest lecturers, who are specialists in various fields: Arnold Bakker (professor of work and organizational psychology), Marie-Claire Ties (teams and group dynamics in organizations), Tim Gard (neuroscience and mindfulness). Look at their profiles below.

Who is this program for?

This MiO program has been developed for trainers with an education as mindfulness trainer, who (wish to) deliver mindfulness courses in organizations, and want to grow their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

Preliminary requirements:

  • Bachelor or Master degree or equivalent;
  • Successful completion of a training as mindfulness trainer;
  • The ability to provide evidence of 2 full MBSR courses you have delivered (for example, video footage or testimonials from co-trainers or participants);
  • Experience at working with people in organizations;
  • Intake with the program’s main teacher.

Results

Upon completion of this program:

  • You have gained insight and understanding of what it means to work in an organization, and how that impacts the way you can conduct mindfulness training in that context;
  • You have gained knowledge and understanding of the approaches relevant to the application of mindfulness in organizations (mindfulness, organizational management, HR, neuroscience, positive psychology);
  • You have developed the skills to offer and conduct mindfulness interventions for organizations, (training sessions, workshops) in a responsible and professional manner;
  • You have developed the skills to help participants of your training adequately apply the insights from the training in their daily work and life situation and in their leadership;
  • You have developed a clear idea and have gained helpful experience in the dynamics and embodiment of being a trainer in organizations.
  • You have developed the skills necessary to acquire, contract, conduct and evaluate mindfulness interventions in organizations.

Training materials

The training includes a workbook with the overall program, background literature and applied MIO exercises. You also receive two training guides on how to conduct both the Mindfulness at Works and Mindful Leadership training. We assume you are familiar with the contents of the books Mindful Leadership and Mindfulness at work by Wibo Koole.

    

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