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.
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 email@example.com.
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.**
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
(9 hourly sessions + competency exam)