Teacher Certification class

CBCT® Teacher Certification

Each year, the Center accepts a new cohort of experienced practitioners to enroll in the 4-month CBCT® Teacher Certification program, which is designed to provide high quality teaching of CBCT® for research purposes, as well as general sharing of the CBCT® skills and content with a wider audience. 

The program is designed to accommodate those outside Atlanta and has been attended by people from across the US, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Peru, and Spain.



  1. CBCT Retreat/Workshop May 2-6, 2024
  2. Practicum (Online weekly seminar, workshops) May 13-July 8, 2024
  3. Supervised Co-Teaching Depends on availability


TRAINING LOCATION: Retreat and workshop days will be held in person in Atlanta. While we will encourage in-person attendance for these, we will make online attendance possible for anyone who needs it.


  1. Retreat and workshop - $1800 due by April 1
  2. Practicum - $1900 due by May 1
  3. Supervised co-teaching - $1800 due by course start



We are very pleased to have a scholarship fund to support new CBCT Teacher trainees. Each year, we are typically able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships. If you are interested in applying for scholarship support, please include a statement of this request with a brief description of your level of need and submit with your CBCT Teacher Certification application. Award recipients will be notified along with acceptance into the program.


To apply for the Teacher Certification, interested participants must meet the following prerequisites:

(1) have attended or be currently enrolled in the CBCT Foundation Course, typically taught in the fall and spring of each year;

(2) have been practicing meditation regularly for at least one year; and

(3) have attended at least one weeklong, teacher-led residential retreat (or equivalent).

These requirements are based on the observation that a personal contemplative practice is central to the communicative ability regarding the concepts and practices of CBCT and to the ongoing development of the teacher. Some educators and clinicians with much experience in fields such as psychology, neuroscience, social work, or education may have a great deal of training presenting material to students and/or relating to clients in therapeutic setting, yet still not have the contemplative practice experience. In these cases, individuals may be admitted before having attended the required Retreat. If admitted with this exception, the trainee is expected to fulfill the Retreat requirement before being considered for the Supervised Co-Teaching.

The application and instructions can be found here.

Full details about the 2024 program will be available here soon.


Certified Teachers

To find a certified teacher of CBCT®, please see our directory listings:

To access any Resources for Certified CBCT® Teachers please visit here

Get Involved/Contact

The CBCT® program includes a growing number of certified instructors and is regularly expanding its programming and research areas. We welcome offers of support and ideas for new applications or populations who may benefit from learning the core CBCT® concepts and skills. Please contact Cynthia Johnson for all inquiries, cynthia.johnson@emory.edu / 404.727.7446.