Mindfulness Based Symptom Management: the foundations, techniques, and best strategies for your clinical growth.

Dr. Lynette Monteiro, Psychologist

Mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) and practices are widely used to treat a broad range of diagnoses

Excerpt: presentation of the ethics of mindfulness

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  • 4h of continuing education
  • 37 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee


Developing mindfulness is an intricate process of co-creating the space for clients to develop mindfulness skills that cultivate distress tolerance and the wise mind of skillful actions, thought, and insight. Clinician and client are interconnected through a desire for the mitigation of suffering. This requires special attention to the clients’ unique clinical presentations and their needs. In addition to mastering a variety of techniques and strategies, clinicians implementing mindfulness approaches also need to be aware of the benefits for the client and, more importantly, of the many risks inherent in the practices of mindfulness, many of which are often overlooked by practitioners. This training addresses the main techniques used in mindfulness-based interventions and the ways to be aware of the risks and to mitigate any negative impact of the clinical intervention. Further, in this workshop, Dr. Monteiro presents the protocol and process of Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management (MBSM) so that the clinician has an experiential sense of the depth and scope of mindfulness. For the client, MBSM is designed as a cultivation of skillful means progressing through the Four Platforms of Mindfulness: Body-Emotions-Sensations-Thoughts. This workshop will also help clinicians develop the skills to cultivate awareness of the moment-by-moment experience, insight into the obstacles that prevent skillfulness, and ways to engage in skillful action. Clinicians will also learn to help their clients explore their choices and learn to discern if these choices are congruent with their values. The client thus has the opportunity to experience and become aware of the emotions attached to the in/congruence of the outcome with their intentions. Finally, principles of effective supervision in mindfulness will be briefly presented.

Become a certified MBSM therapist

The Mindfulness Based Symptom Management Certification builds upon and refines the knowledge you have on mindfulness, improving your skills so you can guide your patients to the best outcomes. This rigorous program was designed by Dr. Lynette Monteiro and Dr. R.F. Musten.

Thanks to an exclusive partnership with the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, this course counts as the first step towards your certification! It is recognized as level 1A of the foundation skills. All you need to become a certified MBSM therapist is to follow these simple steps:

  1. Complete this course and pass the final evaluation
  2. Download your certificate of achievement
  3. Register through https://ottawamindfulnessclinic.com/ for the level 1B of the Foundational Skills (8-week MBSM or 5-day program to experience delivery of the program).

For more information on the complete training program to attain the Qualified and Certified Levels please go to https://ottawamindfulnessclinic.com/

About the expert

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Dr. Lynette Monteiro is a registered clinical psychologist in Ontario, Canada. She is the co-developer of Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management (MBSM) and the co-director of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic which was founded in 2003. Her passion has been in training health care professionals in the safe use of mindfulness approaches, including the cultivation of values-awareness to effect change. Because her roots are in Buddhism, the implementation of mindfulness in a secular and clinical format has been the focus of her research and publications. As an adjunct professor and clinical professor at Victoria University/University of Toronto, she has taught graduate level courses on Mindfulness and psychotherapy, mindfulness and ethics, and the Buddhist foundations of mindfulness. She has presented on the topic of mindfulness and ethics at several conferences and has published extensively on mindfulness.

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Learning objectives

  1. Understand the models that underpin contemporary mindfulness interventions.
  2. Identify the benefits and risks of mindfulness practices for clinical populations.
  3. Develop skills in guiding practices and the inquiry process that follows the practice.
  4. Implement the values-clarification protocol with clients to cultivate observation of unskillful actions/outcomes and effect change through skillful actions.

Learning material

A theoretical course illustrated with clinical examples. This course is composed of videos of 5 to 15 minutes each. The PowerPoint of the course to download.


  • PowerPoint
  • The ethics of mindfulness-based interventions

  • 1. Presentation of the ethics of mindfulness
  • 2. The basics of Mindfulness-Based Programs and Inverventions (MPB-MBI)
  • 3. The ethics in mindfulness
  • 4. Mindfulness and psychological vulnerability
  • 5. The ethics of mindfulness
  • 6. Navigating mindfulness with the client
  • 7. End of module 1
  • Buddhist perspectives

  • 8. Presentation of buddhism perspectives
  • 9. The origins of buddhism
  • 10. The core principles of buddhism
  • 11. The ethics of traditional and contemporary buddhism
  • 12. The cycle of change and the five skillful habits
  • 13. The awareness of breath and the four domains
  • 14. The four immeasurables and the motivation for change
  • 15. End of module 2
  • Core intervention skills

  • 16. Presentation of the core of mindfulness
  • 17. The Intentional Systemic Mindfulness (ISM)
  • 18. Why we suffer
  • 19. Inquiry
  • 20. Creating a space for curiosity
  • 21. End of module 3
  • The ethical space of mindfulness

  • 22. Presentation of the ethical space of mindfulness
  • 23. The teacher
  • 24. The teachings and the participants
  • 25. End of module 4
  • Core concept of MBSM: Content of the 8-week program

  • 26. Presentation of Core Concepts of MBSM
  • 27. The four foundations of mindfulness
  • 28. Mindfulness Based Symptom Management (MBSM)
  • 29. Session 1-Establishing mindfulness
  • 30. Session 2-Being with the difficult
  • 31. Session 3-Mindfulness of Body
  • 32. Session 4-Mindfulness of Emotions
  • 33. Session 5-Mindfulness of Sensations
  • 34. Session 6-Mindfulness of the Mind
  • 35. Session 7-Compassionate Mind
  • 36. Session 8-Going Forth
  • 37. Conclusion
  • Bibliography

CE Credits

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This training is intended for mental health professionals.


  • 4h of continuing education
  • 37 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee

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