Facilitator Training


Professional Training

The MBCPM™ Course:

The Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) program was developed with the goal of teaching people who live with chronic pain how to ease their pain and suffering while improving their quality of life.

Starting in 2002 at St. Michael’s Hospital’s Pain Clinic, Toronto, as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, as created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, the MBCPM™ program evolved into a more customized, trauma-sensitive, trauma-informed curriculum. It was later also facilitated through telemedicine from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital to other health facilities across Ontario. The program offers progressive levels designed to build the participant’s skills and knowledge from basic mindfulness to a more sustained mindfulness and meditation practice, embracing a higher level of personal exploration.

From 2012, NNC’s mandate became offering professional trainings to others wishing to teach the courses, and providing quality control and mentorship. Trainings are now offered in conjunction with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (UTSCS).

The Professional Trainings:

Professionals who are starting from a desire to facilitate mindfulness to chronic pain populations but no prior training will need the 80 hour, 3 module training offered by UTSC:  Practical Training (PT) or Practical Training Immersion (PTI); Curriculum Training Intensive (CTI); and Curriculum Implementation and Development (CID).  The 3 modules can be completed over 3 years for the Applied Certification in MBCPM™  facilitation see attached flyer: MBCPM UofT Training Programme March 22 2020  Grey + Blue + Green = Applied Certificate in MBCPM™.

Those already trained in mindfulness and facilitating mindfulness courses may only require the Curriculum Training Intensive (Green).

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Facilitator Application Form:

To check eligibility (not mandatory, but licensing to facilitate is, therefore, not guaranteed and direct registration is available through the University link), please click here.  NNC will get back to you after review.

MBCPM™ Facilitator Training



  • Completion a mindfulness course taught by an accredited teacher of MBSR, MBCT, or MBCPM™
  • A consistent personal meditation practice
  • A professional qualification, preferably at the Masters level in a health care-related field, or an MD.

Candidates who might not have the above criteria but who have compelling reasons that suggest they would be a satisfactory MBCPM™ facilitator can contact us at team@neuronovacentre.com

In Ontario, MBCPM™ courses facilitated by physicians allow patient participants to be covered by the provincial health plan. Some non-MD MBCPM™ facilitators who are employed by their health facility deliver the MBCPM™ course under their health facility’s budget and insurance. It is important to note that non-MD MBCPM™ facilitators such as those in private practice, will otherwise need to charge participants for the course and be adequately insured to provide the service. They may be partially covered by the participant’s 3rd party benefit plan, if available and the health care professional is eligible (e.g. registered psychologist, OT).


Providing the trainee facilitator has their own established daily meditation practice, and, following the CTI, the newly trained MBCPM™ facilitator may be licensed by NNC and deliver their own MBCPM™ courses in their own community. There are levels of certification, conferring MBCPM™ affiliate, certificant and senior teacher status which can be acquired after beginning to run courses, and reward levels of experience/expertise. Certification levels are based on the MBI-TAC scoring system developed by Crane et al,  are currently $600 per level, and involve a senior teacher observing a class during at least the 3rd programme (for cert level 1) offered by the facilitator, plus submission of evaluations from course participants, and assessment of attrition rates. Delivery of  MBCPM™ courses must be 80% congruent with the curriculum, and mentorship is available.  NeuroNova Centre certifications are currently offered at three levels and reflect increasing experience and expertise. They are based on domains developed for the Masters in Mindfulness qualification in the UK (MBI-TAC document). It is mandatory to complete certification level 1 to continue teaching the trademarked courses, and retain affiliate status reflecting continuing Continuing Medical Education in this field.

Description of the process leading to MBCPM™ facilitator certification is available on a powerpoint available below.  A yearly licensing fee is applied January starting the year after basic training, if starting to deliver the MBCPM™ courses, and will cover most of the mentoring costs.

For information about NNC Training Certification Licensing and Scoring system

OTHER COURSES you may offer associated with MBCPM™:

Advanced Review Course involves revision of the same curriculum content with deeper enquiry and facilitators may offer this to their alumni.

Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM) has been created with its own workbook and meditations and can be offered by those trained to deliver the  MBCPM™ course. It is equally “trauma-informed.” This provides more flexibility to introduce the courses into corporate environments.


University of Toronto:  Please visit https://help.learn.utoronto.ca/hc/en-us/articles/235045408-How-do-I-withdraw-from-a-course-[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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