Melbourne MicroCert

Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Learn how to utilise mindfulness interventions to support clients struggling with stress or mental health issues.

Study mode
Two to six weeks (40 hours)
Skills area
Reality Psychology

Upcoming sessions

Monday 26 April 2021


In a world filled with uncertainty, mindfulness is an essential tool.

As a treatment, mindfulness is increasingly sought after, but it’s important to ensure its practice is evidence-based.

This Melbourne MicroCert will equip you with the skills and confidence to offer clinical mindfulness practices to your clients or patients, and ensure your knowledge is backed by the latest research.

You will be guided by leading practitioners from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences to cover essential clinical mindfulness theory, explore the efficacy of various techniques, and put your knowledge into practice.

You will learn how to prepare and run interventions to support people who struggle with stress or mental health problems. Learning is applicable to a range of settings, including allied, clinical and educational.

Fully online delivery presents a convenient way to develop your skillset, from a location that suits you.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for psychologists, medical and allied health workers looking to expand the breadth of their practice. You may be a psychologist, school counsellor, social worker, medical practitioner, nurse, or allied health professional. You do not have to be a clinician to undertake this Melbourne MicroCert. The principles covered in this course are valuable in both personal and professional contexts.

Key topics

  • Introduction to mindfulness and clinical mindfulness.
  • When to use mindfulness as an intervention to support mental health based on research.
  • Clinical mindfulness techniques and applications.
  • Clinical mindfulness relating to self-knowledge, behaviour change and wellbeing.
  • Maintaining, supporting and expanding opportunities for clinical mindfulness, such as via professional resources and networks.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will be able to:

  • Integrate and understand theoretical and practical aspects of mindfulness, its benefits, appropriate applications and relationship to research evidence.
  • Integrate and understand how clinical mindfulness relates to client self-knowledge, wellbeing and behaviour change.
  • Select and apply clinical mindfulness techniques based on underlying theory and appropriate applications for conducting mindfulness activities with clients.

Learning experience

Throughout this Melbourne MicroCert, you will undertake a series of linked online modules to build your knowledge of clinical mindfulness. You will utilise an interactive online workbook which links to supporting videos, readings, your eJournal and a discussion board.

You will also have the opportunity to attend an interactive Q&A session on using clinical mindfulness in different contexts. The discussion board is optional and will be used to clarify questions and build a community of practitioners, which will be continued after the course.

Who will you learn from?

You will be led by Dr Stephen Mckenzie, a senior lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Stephen is currently assisting with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science’s expansion of online programs, including wellbeing-related programs. Mindfulness is one of his areas of expertise and he has written several books on the subject, including: Mindfulness for Life, Mindfulness at Work and Heartfulness: beyond mindfulness, finding your real life.


Mindfulness in Clinical Practice is delivered over three modules, with assessment integrated throughout. Although this Melbourne MicroCert can be completed in approximately 40 hours, we recommend it be paced over the course of two to six weeks.

You will undertake an estimated 12 hours of guided online learning, five hours for assessment, and an additional 25 hours of independent study, including a short reflective journal. There is also an optional one-hour Q&A session.

Assessment includes:

  • Multiple choice quizzes (35%)
  • A structured one-pager preparing the clinical mindfulness session (25%)
  • Short clinical practice video (40%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Mindfulness in Clinical Practice Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

Our Melbourne MicroCerts are designed in close consultation with industry. Mindfulness in Clinical Practice is aligned with the industry standards and registration frameworks of groups including the Australian Psychology Society and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association.

Pathways to further study

Mindfulness in Clinical Practice can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Reality Psychology series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include*:

*These courses will be available from 2021.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert will expire five years from the date of issue as particular knowledge and/or skills may either become outdated or need to be refreshed.

Eligibility requirements

To undertake this Melbourne MicroCert, you should hold a bachelors degree in any discipline, but there are no other specific eligibility requirements. You do not need to be a clinician or have access to clients.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Monday 26 April 2021

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