For Mind Body Medicine
at Massachusetts General Hospital

Continuing Medical
Education (CME)

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Smart Certification


The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (BHI) at Massachusetts General Hospital invites licensed healthcare practitioners to train and earn certification in its Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) program. The certification program provides rigorous training in the BHI SMART model and gives clinicians the basis for offering and studying the efficacy of the SMART program in clinical populations. To obtain certification, participants must be a licensed healthcare practitioner.

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Certification Training Requirements

There are five areas of training to complete:

1. Continuing Medical Education (CME):

Attend the BHI/Harvard CME course within past three years


View all three online BHI/MGH Psychiatry Academy CME courses in Mind Body Medicine within the past three years:

  • Stress and the Relaxation Response: The Fundamentals of Mind Body Medicine
  • Using Mind Body Techniques in Clinical Practice
  • Building Resiliency through Cognitive Reappraisal and Lifestyle Modification

2. SMART Program

Experience an 8-session SMART program as a participant, either in-person at BHI or via video conference.  For upcoming course dates or to register as a participant, please contact Sue Clough at

3. SMART Implementation Training

Participate in a 2-day SMART Implementation (formerly “Specialty”) Training (in-person or via video conference).* The training will be taught by BHI clinicians.

4. Competency Exam

Demonstrate core knowledge on a competency exam.**

5. Mentorship

A BHI clinician will mentor candidates during delivery of the participant’s first SMART program as a group leader; there are nine 1-hour sessions in total.**

The Pathway to Certification

To begin the process, you must complete a BHI SMART Practitioner Certification Program application. If your application is approved, a member of the BHI staff will contact you to discuss a timeline for training.

Using and Maintaining Certification

Certified practitioners will be able to deliver the BHI SMART program to their patients, order SMART manuals and recordings for patients directly from BHI, and will be recognized by BHI as achieving certification to deliver the SMART program clinically.


Certification is valid for 3 years from the initial completion date of all requirements. Eligibility requirements for recertification include demonstration of active, ongoing delivery of the SMART curriculum, as well as taking part in BHI recertification activities TBD.

*To participate in an Implementation Training, the minimum prerequisite is attendance at the live CME or completion of the BHI CME Psych Academy online course, Stress and the RR: The Fundamentals of Mind Body Medicine

**Candidates must have completed requirements 1-3 to complete 4, and must complete 4 to be eligible for 5.

BHI Certification Application

If you would like to be considered for certification, please submit a completed SMART Certification for Healthcare Practitioners Application to

Your application will be reviewed, and if approved, you will be contacted regarding payment of the application fee.

(Please note, you must download the file, save it to your computer and return the saved, edited version).

BHI SMART Certification Fees

Effective October 1, 2016 – subject to change

Application Fee
Implementation Training
SMART 8-session class
CME course (live or online)
$895 – $1185
Mentorship and Competency Exam
(9 hourly sessions + competency exam)
Certification Fee
$8,145 – $8,435

For more information about BHI’s SMART Certification program, please contact Jocelyn Meek


or email