The Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches- IMA
The Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA) is an educational institution committed to providing high-quality training in mindfulness-based approaches for professionals in the fields of health care, mental health, education, social work, human resources and other related areas. It was founded in 2001 by Dr. Linda Lehrhaupt and has its main offices in Germany. The IMA currently offers teacher-training programmes in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Poland and Switzerland.
The IMA began its offerings in 2002 with a teacher-training programme in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the pioneering MB-Approach developed by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn. In the years since then, the institute has expanded considerably. In 2007 it began to offer a teacher-training program in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and more recently, Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), developed by Dr. Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster.
The IMA also offers retreats in mindfulness meditation for professionals as well as other further-education seminars to enhance the skills of mindfulness-based approaches teachers. In addition, the IMA offers mentoring for teaching MB-Approaches as well as mindfulness-meditation guidance supervision for trainees and teachers who wish additional support.
The high level of professionalism and experience of the institute’s teaching staff is a highlight of the training programmes. The IMA´s faculty includes some of Europe’s leading researchers, teachers and innovators in the field, as well as guest teachers from the USA and other parts of the world. All our faculty members have a personal mindfulness practice extending over many years as well as extensive professional experience in the integration of mindfulness-based approaches in their respective fields.
Recognition of the IMA and its Support of Training Standards and Criteria
The IMA´s teacher-training programme is recognized by the German MBSR-MBCT Professional Teachers Association (www.mbsr-verband.org). It is also recognized by the Swiss MBSR-MBCT Professional Teachers Association and the MBSR Teacher´s Association of Austria. Graduates of the IMA´s training programme may apply for membership in these professional associations.
The above associations and others in Europe are in the process of creating links to one another. Several years ago, the European Associations of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (EAMBA) was formed: www.eamba.net. It is expected in future that EAMBA will play a more prominent role in promoting standards and quality criteria in Europe.
The IMA subscribes to the standards of the „Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based courses „of the U.K. Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainer Network, as well as the Quality Criteria of the Center for Mindfulness, U.S.A. It also adheres to the Ethics Statement of the MBSR-MBCT Teachers’ Association of Germany.
© IMA - Dr. Linda Lehrhaupt 2014