Certificate in Mindfulness

Certificate in Mindfulness
(15 Credit Hours)

  • Program Objectives

The Certificate in Mindfulness program is specifically designed to provide a strong foundation in the history,practice, and theory of mindfulness from within a Christian perspective and to provide for an overview of various prayer forms, traditions, and meditations

This program is especially suitable for Christian clergy, health and wellness professionals, counselors, social workers, and educators who desire to develop a practice of mindfulness for themselves and who might also wish to share such a practice with parishioners, colleagues, and clients.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of mindfulness prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Richard H. H. Johnston, Introducing Christian Mindfulness
  2. Richard H. H. Johnston, Christian Mindfulness: Are You Living On AutoPilot?
  3. Holly Sprink, Faith Postures: Cultivating Christian Mindfulness
  4. Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
  5. St. John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul
  6. Karl Pruter, The Mystic Path
  7. Karl Pruter, One Day With God
  8. Patricia Ann Kasten, Linking Your Beads: The Rosary’s History, Mysteries, Prayers
  9. Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation
  10. David Frenette, The Path of Centering Prayer
  11. Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
  12. Daniel Burke, Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God
  13. Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
  14. John Bartunek, A Guide to Christian Meditation: How to Engage More Deeply in Personal Prayer
  15. Thomas Keating, Reflections on the Unknowable
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of mindfulness within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of what mindfulness means to them within the 21st century and the implications of such within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%