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Cultivating Ethics: Buddhist Teachings for Mindfulness Program Leaders
Dates: Apr 27, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): Lynette Monteiro, Frank Musten

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Contemporary mindfulness has developed as a popular treatment option for psychological difficulties because of its secular nature and being a transdiagnostic treatment. More and more, it is becoming clear that the foundational components of mindfulness necessitate inclusion of the cultivation of ethics (sīla) both in program development and the growth of our teaching skills. This course will explore principles of Buddhist teachings essential to cultivating our wisdom and compassion as practitioners and teachers of mindfulness-based programs (MBPs). Using foundational aspects of the Dharma, we will explore the concept of sīla as a process of moral development for both teachers and participants of MBPs. The role of sīla will also be examined as a necessary intentional leaning of MBPs to foster wellbeing and happiness.  A matrix of breath practice, body-mind awareness, and practical ethics will be mapped onto the curriculum of a mindfulness program to see how sīla can emerge through skillfulness in practice. The course is designed with didactic and contemplative periods that cultivate understanding and deepen practice. Note: This course is open to health care professionals interested in deepening their mindfulness skills.  It is not necessary to have taught an MBP but prior exposure or experience is useful.


18 continuing education credits have been approved for psychologists and social workers who attend this program in full. We are not able to offer CEU's for Counselors (NBCC). Please note that we charge a $25 processing fee for CEUs.  More information is available here.
  • Lynette Monteiro (PhD) is a registered psychologist, Clinical Professor at the University of Ottawa and co-founder of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. She developed mindfulness-based symptom management (MBSM) as an ethics-focused program for mental health and specializes in the treatment of pain/chronic illness and PTSD. Director of Training at the OMC, she has authored several articles on the topic of ethics in mindfulness, co-authored the book Mindfulness Starts Here with Frank Musten and blogs at 108 Zen Books.

  • Frank Musten (PhD) is a registered psychologist, Clinical Professor at the University of Ottawa and co-founder at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. He specializes in developing mindfulness programs for organizational change and the treatment of burnout and PTSD in high performance professionals. He has developed the Mindful Bridge Back to Work as a return-to-work program. His publications cover the topic of cultivating ethics in organizations through mindfulness and he is co-author of Mindfulness Starts Here with Lynette Monteiro.