Train the Trainer MBAR

Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) is a memeber of the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA). And is a secular mindfulness-based approach promoting recovery from addiction and working positively with slips and relapses. It was developed by Dr. Paramabandhu Groves in collaboration with Valerie Mason-John. Groves and Mason-John provide the Train the Trainer course for professionals, medical, health and addiction workers, and mindfulness teachers, so that they can deliver the MBAR 8 Week Course.

Part One

Complete the MBAR Online Course (next one begins January 2020) or participate in an 8-week MBAR Train the Trainer course (check MBAR Facilitators — if there is no one in your area then doing the online course is for you). There will be people with lived experience on this course, which makes the learning more beneficial.

What you learn

  • Mindfulness and meditative techniques
  • Triggers that can create a relapse
  • The Internal Barometer
  • High-risk situations
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • MBAR MODELS — The Vicious Cycle, FIDO, Four Basic Needs of the Heart

Part Two

  • Attend a 3-day in person Train the Trainer course
  • Learn how to deliver the course
  • Learn how to facilitate the Vicious Cycle, FIDO
  • Learn interactive games to help enhance learning
  • Learn how to deliver the Breathing Space
  • Reflect on your own relationship to addiction
  • Facilitate clients to become aware of their internal barometers and triggers, and high-risk situations
  • Eight Step Approach to Addiction
  • Participants will also learn how to run an 8 Step Recovery Meeting, which is an alternative or complement to 12 step meetings, SMART recovery meetings or any other support a person may have to assist their recovery
  • There could also be people with lived experience on the course, which is also beneficial to the learning

Part Three

  • Deliver the 8-week course
  • One supervision of delivery of the course in your work/community setting – done via Zoom
  • Write a self-reflection of the course
  • You are also required to attend a 7-day or longer meditation retreat of your choice, within the year of the training, and write a self-reflection

Who is Training for?

The training is for experienced meditation practitioners, people with an understanding of mindfulness, and health care providers working in the field of addiction. Preferably people who have completed an 8 weeks recognized Mindfulness course or have done a Mindfulness Diploma and above. Group skills and teaching skills are also preferred but not an absolute requirement. The training consists of the following.

Outcomes of the Training

  • Understand the MBAR course and be able to co-facilitate a course in your institution as part of your work practice or at your local Buddhist center.
  • Understand the nature of addiction and compulsive behaviors and how it relates to your own life.
  • Understanding of meditation and mindfulness in relation to addiction.
  • Identify your existing skills in working effectively with mindfulness for addictions and compulsive behaviors and increase your confidence in applying them.

Upcoming In-Person Trainings

May 31 – June 1, 2019
Toronto, Canada

March 13 -15, 2020
London, UK

June 2020

All train the trainers are currently delivered by one of the co-founders, or with the co-founder and someone in training. For more information about the  Spanish Online Course and Train the Trainer, contact Conplenaconcia at