Professional Development FAQs

Professional Development FAQs


Who can become a Pause, Breathe, Smile (PBS) educator?

We focus on training people already working in schools or other educational settings who can integrate the PBS curriculum into their existing work such as:

  • Teachers, guidance counsellors, RTLBs or social workers.
  • Health promoters, psychologists, etc. working with service providers such as DHBs, community mental health providers etc.
  • Counsellors, psychologists or psychiatrists who work privately with children and their families.
Does completion of the professional development pathway guarantee certification as a PBS educator?

No. The Mindfulness Education Group (MEG) reserves the right to withhold certification from candidates that do not meet the standards for a certified Pause, Breathe, Smile educator. In the unlikely event that this occurs, MEG will support candidates to continue studying and practicing in order to become certified.

I already have some mindfulness training.
Do I need to complete the full pathway in order to become a PBS educator

Yes, candidates are required to undertake the full training pathway in order to become a certified Pause, Breathe, Smile educator.

I’m keen to register as an independent facilitator. Will teaching PBS be a full-time job?

No. Our primary focus is professional development for school teachers and other education professionals already working with schools and health professionals working with children.

Should you apply and be accepted for PBS educator training as an independent educator, you will need to do so understanding that MEG will not be actively seeking work for you. From time to time schools will contact seeking an external educator to run PBS in their classrooms. When this occurs we will arrange a contract with the school and will connect local independent educators with that school to arrange for delivery.

Independent educators are able to seek their own work directly with schools, within the parameters set by MEG and can refer to themselves as a PBS educator only if they have been certified by MEG and are an active paid member of MEG.

Are there any ongoing costs associated with being a Pause, Breathe, Smile educator?

Yes. There is an annual membership fee. Membership includes a range of benefits, discounts to mindfulness workshops, and unlimited access to all the audio, video and print resources required to deliver the PBS curriculum. See the membership page for more info.

I want to teach mindfulness, but not in schools. Are there options for me?

Currently we are focused in schools. We are also interested in how PBS could support health professionals bring mindfulness into their work with children and young people.

MEG does not currently offer professional development training and certifications for people wishing to teach mindfulness generally either to adults or children/young people; or to teach a mindfulness curriculum other than our evidence-based Pause, Breathe, Smile programme in schools. However, in the future, we may develop further evidence-based training pathways and programmes for teaching mindfulness other than as a PBS educator.

When and where does the training occur?

There are three steps to the PBS Educator Certification training:

  1. Breathe Online Mindfulness course
  2. PBS workshop
  3. PBS curriculum tutorial videos

Steps one and three are self-paced online courses that can be undertaken anytime with 6 months.

Step two is offered regularly throughout the year with options in the main centres of New Zealand. Click here to find out when the next workshop is happening near you and to register for the PBS Educator Certification.

We also run bespoke PBS workshops for individual schools where a large number of teachers are being trained, or for Communities of Learning or RTLB wanting us to come to their town to do the training.

Contact us to arrange for the PBS workshop in your school or town.

Where is PBS currently being taught?

Since 2013, PBS has been successfully taught to children in years 2–8 in approximately 200 primary and intermediate schools around New Zealand. Since 2015, an increasing number of high schools started implementing PBS.

What is your refund policy?

The MEG Online Mindfulness course is non-refundable. Registration occurs at the moment the course is purchased online.

PBS Educator Certification: Registrations that are cancelled before commencing the PBS two-day workshop and the PBS curriculum tutorial videos will receive a full refund, minus a $50 administration charge and the MEG Online Mindfulness course fee.

Can I train other teachers in the school to facilitate PBS?

No. For quality assurance purposes, PBS educators are not permitted to train others to be facilitators of the programme. MEG remains the sole trainers of new PBS educators.

Any other questions?