The Mindfulness Based Peer Resilience Coach (Peer Coach) training model emerged from a deep need among public safety, emergency medicine, criminal justice, and other high reliability professions. Peer coaches fit seamlessly into organizational leadership rhythms toward greater readiness, resilience and performance (in all domains).

Peer Coach training 2019-2020

Timeline and Important Dates

June 18 through September 18, 2019 – Open for Applications

September 19 through September 30 – Application Review and Trainee Selection

October 10 – Deadline for Registration for Module I

December 2-4 – Module I: Residential Immersion in Oregon

November 10 – Deadline for Registration for Module II

December 9 through February 28 – Module II: Distance Learning

December 10 – Deadline for Registration for Module III

March 9 through 11 – Module III: Residential Immersion in Oregon



Once trainees are selected, they will be given instructions for registration and payment for each Module.

Application fee: $50

Module I: $2275 (Includes Tuition, Lodging, Food)

Module II: $2275

Module III: $2275 (Includes Tuition, Lodging, Food)

Total costs for program: $6875

Training program fees are non-refundable.

Immersion trainings are set up to begin Day 1 about 4pm and conclude Day 3 at about 2pm. The training site in Oregon is about 1 hour from Portland International Airport. There is no leisure time during either immersion Module; we are training, eating or sleeping. Module I and III are deliberate intensives.

Pre-Requisites for Application to the Peer Coach Training

All applications will be reviewed carefully; exceptions to the following will be considered on a case by case basis. Training faculty will consider a combination of training and experience that might be somewhat different from these requirements, if articulated skillfully in the application.

Formal Training

  • participation in a Mindful Badge Initiative Resilience Immersion Training

  • participation in an MBSR, mPEAK, MBAT, or MSC 6 or 8 week course

  • participation in a formal Mindfulness Based Training intervention (MBI) such as a formal mindfulness retreat or other training

  • participation in other formal mind-body training programs

Personal Practice

  • Ongoing, daily, sitting mindfulness meditation practice for at least one year

Professional Experience

  • Experience as a trainer in a specialty skill area

  • Experience as a teacher or coach

  • Currently employed in, or retired from, a high reliability occupation

Peer Coach Training Faculty

Richard Goerling and Pete Kirchmer.