International integrity

MTI is part of a global network of teacher training organizations which are working towards international agreement on mindfulness teacher training pathways, standards and certification protocols so that the standard of MBI teaching can be fostered and maintained.

Relationship with the Center for Mindfulness, UMass?

This important question often comes up for those who are wishing to train in MBSR in Australia and nearby countries.

The CFM has been the mother of the powerful transmission of it’s profound mindfulness based program, initiated by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s vision, for over thirty years.  It is through the CFM’s careful stewardship that MBPs have flourished, and grown across the world.  MTI teachers have strong personal and professional relationships with the CFM  and have been involved in ongoing training, supervision and collaboration over the years. There are now many international training bodies - within and outside universities which train people to teach MBSR, including MTI. 

The CFM does not accredit any other training programs in MBSR as part of the CFM pathway.  Neither do they recognize any aspects of other trainings across the world; to be certified by the CFM, you now have to attend each level of the CFM training pathway overseas.

Moving forward
MTI, through the work of Dr Maura Kenny, has been active in creating an international network of teacher training organizations of which the CFM is a member, in order to get clearer on issues of standards and ethics. We have established an Asia Pacific chapter of this world network with colleagues who are offering MBP teacher training in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Taiwan and S. Korea.   

Shared world standards

In the last year the organizations involved in the international network (including the CFM and MTI) have moved towards adopting a standard tool for the assessment of competency of teachers (the MBI-TAC) so that standards of teaching can be maintained across the world.  We hope that the certification process of teachers can be a collaborative one, with assessors of any applicant being assessed by members of an international panel.

Please be in touch with Timothea Goddard to discuss choices about your pathway of training or any other concerns.


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