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  Apr 25, 2024
2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum

Mindfulness Applications Certificate

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Overview of Program

The 12-credit Mindfulness Applications Certificate program is intended for practitioners, wellness professionals, and educators who want to master the emerging scholarship in mindfulness-based approaches to leadership, organizational development, and healthcare. The core curriculum of three courses is designed to provide mastery of the mindfulness literature, associated theories of leadership, and experiential components to develop practice skills. Students will also select a fourth course from alternatives in consulting, organizational systems, and creativity at work. 

The Mindfulness Applications Certificate provides an option for current Saybrook students enrolled in a degree program to advance their expertise in the growing field of mindfulness applications and leadership. Electives can be used to satisfy the required courses. The student's faculty advisor will notify the Registrar when the student completes the four (4) required courses and a certificate of completion will be processed. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the influence of biopsychosocial factors on general health and wellbeing and the implications for individuals, organizations, and/or communities. 
  2. Describe and apply the foundational values, ethical principles, and best practices of the field to oneself and others. 
  3. Apply cultural humility, diversity awareness, and inclusion to support health equity and social justice in healthcare systems. 
  4. Articulate the application of self-reflection and self-care skills.  
  5. Assess and synthesize evidence, theories, and established practices in integrative healthcare. 
  6. Critically evaluate research methods and apply published research. 
  7. Compose original, grammatically correct, coherent, concise, and well-articulated written work in APA style.​ 

Career Opportunities

​​After completing this certificate students will be prepared to invest mindfulness expertise to develop and implement programs in organizations and communities.​ 

Program Requirements

University Learning Experience

Virtual Learning Experience (VLE) - Required, Community Learning Experience (CLE) - Optional

All new students begin their studies with a Welcome Week. Welcome Week activities, including a certificate program orientation, are held online during the week ahead of the start of the fall and spring semesters. Participation is strongly encouraged.

Students enrolled in MBM certificate programs must attend any residential, university, or virtual learning experience as required for the courses in which they choose to enroll. Refer to the course descriptions for requirements.


​​Students should expect to spend approximately 40 hours per every 1 credit hour, or 120 hours of schoolwork for each 3-credit course, engaged in schoolwork (e.g., reading, watching videos, completing assignments, and more). Therefore, students should anticipate spending approximately 8 hours per week on schoolwork for each 15-week course. The actual time needed will vary by course, by week, and by student.​

Mode of Delivery

​​Most of the coursework is conducted online and at a distance, so students can live and work anywhere in the world as they engage with faculty and peers. The classes incorporate a variety of instructional and assessment methods including asynchronous discussion forums, live videoconferences, interactive web-based activities, and written assignments. In addition, the MBM department utilizes virtual and residential learning experiences for real-time training, to support online classes. These virtual and residential learning conferences are usually held at the start of the spring and fall semesters. 
Fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks; summer courses are 8 or 12 weeks long. ​ 

Length of Program

he average time to complete the 12-credit certificate requirements can be between two or four semesters. It depends on full or part-time status, course choices, and when the courses are offered within the academic year.​ 

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