IPA-Acknowledged Mindfulness-Based Programs
There has been an explosion of interest in mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This is demonstrated in increased research, implementation of MBPs in healthcare, educational, criminal justice and workplace settings, and in mainstream interest.
see Which Mindfulness-based Program to choose?
With their article “What Defines Mindfulness-Based Programs? The Warp and the Weft.” Rebecca Crane et al provided a framework to define the essential characteristics of the family of MBPs originating from the parent program MBSR, and the processes which inform adaptations of MBPs for different populations or contexts. The framework addresses the essential characteristics of the program and of the teacher.
The International Panel for Acknowledgement (IPA) has based its criteria on this article and others (see sources) to evaluate newly developed and adapted mindfulness-based programs (MBP’s), and to promote safe, ethical and inclusive practices in the field of evidence-based secular mindfulness teaching.
The list of IPA acknowledged programs is meant to inform the decision-making process of people who wish to participate in an acknowledged mindfulness-based program.
MBP – Mindfulness Based Program
MBP means mindfulness-based program. IPA adopts the definition of “MBPs are informed by theories and practices that draw from a confluence of contemplative traditions, science, and the major disciplines of medicine, psychology and education; underpinned by a model of human experience which addresses the causes of human distress and the pathways to relieving it; develop a new relationship with experience characterized by present moment focus, decentering and an approach orientation; catalyze the development of qualities such as joy, compassion, wisdom, equanimity and greater attentional, emotional and behavioral self-regulation, and engage participants in a sustained intensive training in mindfulness meditation practice, in an experiential inquiry-based learning process and in exercises to develop.”
IPA-recognition means that
- an MBP meets the criteria for definition as a mindfulness-based program,
- it adheres to standards of quality and integrity,
- it is safe and effective,
- it is innovative, in the sense that it meets the needs of a population or context, not currently provided for by an already existing MBP, and
- it contributes to the flourishing of mindfulness practice.
Recognition of a mindfulness-based program by the IPA does not include accreditation of training pathways or training institutions that deliver MBP’s.
Acknowledgement as a mindfulness-based program is an important first step that can lead to the accreditation of mindfulness-based training and certification of teachers who have successfully trained to deliver recognised MBP’s.
More information on the process of IPA evaluation and acknowledgement.
The classification as Emergent or Established conveys the current state of evidence in support of a program’s efficacy and safety.