Mindfulness in Recovery® Facilitator Certification Training


Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) is a skills-based, accessible and comprehensive mindfulness program designed specifically for recovery. It supports all recovery pathways using an individualized, mindfulness curriculum that empowers the client to integrate them with their personal values, cultural background, and spiritual beliefs. MIR uses the language of recovery in the curriculum to build connections to recovery communities and literature, the MIR skills integrate seamlessly with other evidence-based treatment modalities (CBT, MI, DBT, 12 Step) providing clients with the skills to put the therapeutic tools you are offering them into practice. 

About the Trainers

John Bruna

John Bruna

Melissa Mose

Melissa Mose

MaryMike Haley

MaryMike Haley

Kevin Walsh

John Bruna is the co-founder of the Mindful Life Program™ and of Mindfulness in Recovery®. John has been in continuous recovery since 1984, had successful careers in substance abuse treatment and as an educator prior to spending over six years as an ordained Buddhist monastic. Drawing from his extensive training and personal experiences over three and half decades, John has become a leading voice in the field of mindfulness, authoring The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness and The Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery, as well as presenting at TEDx and conferences throughout the country. John is for his warmth, humor, and ability to make teachings practical and accessible. 

Melissa Mose, M.A. Ph.D. (c) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been in private practice for 25 years. She primarily treats anxiety, addiction, and trauma using Internal Family Systems, ACT, and CBT. Melissa began to study meditation thirty years ago, is a certified MLP mindfulness teacher, and has a meditation and mindfulness practice that supports her daily life, her recovery, and her work with clients. She is the proud mother of a 17-year-old daughter with whom she loves to hike, read and listen to music.

MaryMichael Haley, MA, LAC, RPT, CSAT – MaryMike is the clinical director of Aspire Recovery for Women. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over twenty years, specializing in family issues, addiction counseling, and post-traumatic stress. For Fourteen years Mary Mike was a senior lecturer of Sociology at Western State Colorado University. She is also the co-founder of Living Journeys, a non-profit organization helping individuals and families living with cancer in the Gunnison Valley.

Kevin Walsh, MD is a physician who has been In clinical practice for over 30 years.  He started his career as a primary care physician before becoming an Addiction Medicine specialist at Kaiser-Permanente in 1999.   In addition to clinical practice, Kevin has been active in clinical education, teaching other healthcare professionals communication skills, Addiction Medicine, and pain management.   He has had a daily mindfulness practice since 2009 and has been an MLP-certified teacher since 2018.   Kevin is deeply committed to helping others learn, understand, and practice mindfulness to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Mindfulness in Recovery® Facilitator Certification Training

Program Overview

The MIR Facilitator Certification training is specifically for clinicians and addiction professionals trained to work in the treatment field. It is open to those that are currently training in a recognized institution or at a treatment facility.

The training is experiential and requires the participants to develop and maintain a mindfulness practice throughout the training.  Coursework includes self-reflection and journaling. You will be doing the same inner work that you will be doing with your clients. 

We are delighted to report that, to date, all of our training participants have reported that, in addition to adding to their clinical skills, they have personally benefited from the training, developing more resiliency, self-care, and well-being.  

The Training Structure – Two Courses

The training is facilitated online using the Zoom platform. Participants must be able to use video conferencing software effectively.  

There are two required courses for certification:

1st Course: Mindfulness in Recovery® Course. This is an 8-week experiential online course covering the foundations of MIR philosophy and practice. This course is open to everyone, whether they are in the certification program or not. Completion of the is course is required prior to taking the certification course. To learn more about this course, click here

Cost: $349.99

2nd Course: Mindfulness in Recovery® Facilitator Certification Course – This is a 4-week course covering the integration of MIR into the therapeutic process. Participants must complete the MIR course prior to registering for this course. The certification course prepares participants to:

  • Lead meditation
  • Facilitate MIR process groups
  • Integrate MIR with other treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interview, and 12 step approach. 
  • Integrate MIR in individual, group, outpatient, and residential settings 

Cost: $1000

Dates: The next certification training will begin on June 1st.  Registration will be available to participants in the MIR course.

Certification Course Structure

Five online live classes (one hour):

  • Every Tuesday, beginning June 1st and ending on June 29th
  • 5 pm Pacific Time, 6 pm Mountain Time, 7 pm Central Time, 8 pm Eastern Time

Online coursework in-between live sessions with group interaction and peer feedback in our online course platform.

Some assignments require participants to be about to record and submit an audio file.

Training Outcomes
  • Direct experience in the application of mindfulness within a therapeutic process. 
  • Practical and effective strategies to integrate the Mindfulness in Recovery® methods and practices into the therapeutic process for the treatment of addiction, co-occurring disorders, and family support strategies
  • Training in integrating evidenced-based therapeutic modalities effectively into an individualized mindfulness program for clients
  • Knowledge of the diverse perspectives and definitions of mindfulness
  • Clarify the difference between mindfulness meditation and the practice of mindfulness
  • Understand the role of meditation in the practice of mindfulness
  • Training in multiple types and methods of meditation and application of best practices for specific meditations with individual clients. 
  • Training foundations of meditation and effective strategies for developing a consistent meditation practice
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the training, certification as a Mindfulness in Recovery® Facilitator

Certification Benefits

  • Listing as certified Mindfulness in Recovery® Facilitator on our website 
  • Membership in the MIR Certified Facilitator’s Community with access to ongoing support and resources
  • Mindfulness in Recovery® Community membership
  • Discount on MIR materials 

Training Prerequisites:

Currently working in the treatment field and/or certification, licensure, or nearing completion of education and training as a counselor, therapist, clinician, or addiction treatment professional (includes peer support specialists).

Satisfactory completion of the 8-week MIR course. The next course begins on April 8th, click here for details