The International Panel for Acknowledgement of MBPs takes up responsibility to evaluate mindfulness-based programs: newly developed ones and adapted programs, be they moderated or follow-up programs. IPA promotes safe, ethical and inclusive practices in the field of evidence-based secular mindfulness teaching.
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.”
The following topics are addressed in the text below:
- IPA – what & why?
- Procedures for screening
- Full Screening
- Encouraging Researchers
- IPA History
IPA – what & why?
The IPA consists of a pool of international professionals – teachers and researchers – and operates independently under the umbrella of eamba.
The reason for creating IPA was a logical consequence of an increase in mindfulness-based training – both in scope and in diversity – and a need to evaluate the relevance and evidence base of these MBPs.
The intention of the IPA is to enable developers with different backgrounds and resources to propose new programs.
Recognition is meant to support endeavours to best serve a greater diversity of populations and contexts.
Currently acknowledged MBPs are listed on this page…
IPA is grateful to the researchers and developers who have been offering their experience and insights on defining what makes a mindfulness-based program, as well as on precautions to be observed when adapting MBPs to current needs (see sources).