MEDITATION SAFETY TOOLBOX -English version 2.13.19

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Meditation Safety Toolbox_FRANCAIS

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Toolbox contents

Complete list of contents

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Items in red are new since the last version

  •      MBI Teacher Competencies
  •      Scientific Literacy
  •      Mindfulness + Secularity: Legal and Ethical Issues
  •      Mindfulness and Buddhism- Important Books
  •      Screening tools
  •      Examples of Suicidality Safety Plans
  •      Safety Monitoring Guidelines
  • Meditation-related Challenges
  •      Publications from the Varieties of Contemplative Experience (VCE) Study
  •      Other Scientific articles on meditation-related difficulties, side-effects and harms
  •      Monitoring Tools

The current form of the study is written and requires reading on a computer screen. However, we may add an addendum to create a more accessible option in the future if we get enough requests. Please email to discuss.

  •      Trauma-informed mindfulness
  •      Trauma Basics
  •      Systematic Trauma

Online Trainings

3-hour Course on Meditation-Related Adverse Effects with Dr. Britton

This online webinar is a 3-hour version of the “First, Do No Harm” training that was offered at the UMASS CFM for MBSR/CT teachers in 2018. This course provides an overview of the research in meditation-related adverse effects, neurobiological mechanisms, and a series of concrete methods for minimizing and managing risks and negative outcomes.
Part 1 reviews different types of meditation-related adverse effects with emphasis on the ones most likely to occur in mindfulness-based programs outside of retreat settings.
Part 2 provides an overview of mechanisms for how different practices can lead to undesirable outcomes.
Part 3 will review appropriate mitigation strategies, including screening, monitoring, trauma-informed modifications, and additional resources for meditators and providers.

  • The webinar is available on-demand through Leading Edge Seminars
  • Tuition: $85-110 USD. (Prices on website are in Canadian dollars: 112-148 CAD)
  • CE/CME credits available
  • Student discount ($65 USD/85 CAD) – enter code “Britton2020” at checkout
  • 25% discount to regular tuition – enter  code”Britton25″ at checkout
20-hour First Do No Harm Meditation Safety Training


  • Willoughbby Britton PhD
  • David Treleaven PhD
  • Jared Lindahl PhD

Learning Objectives:

    1.   To be able to identify the range of possible experiences that can arise from meditation practice, and understand which ones may be experienced as challenging, distressing or impairing

    2. To understand the psychological and/or neurobiological mechanisms by which meditation practices or instructions can produce different types of experiences

    3. To become familiar with different type of “influencing factors” or factors that can influence the presence, duration and impact of a specific meditation experience.

    4. To learn how to properly screen participants and monitor for meditation-related difficulties instead of relying only on passive or spontaneous reporting

    5. To learn how to manage different types of meditation-related difficulties when they arise, and/or minimize their occurrence or impact