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Dissertation

A survey of therapists' use of mindfulness-based interventions, professional qualifications, and personal mindfulness practice

9 December 2005

Abstract

Mindfulness-based interventions have received increased attention as a promising approach in psychotherapy. However, information regarding the actual or necessary qualifications, including personal mindfulness practice experience, of therapists who deliver mindfulness training is extremely limited. In this study, 131 clinicians who had used mindfulness training within the year prior to this research responded to an Internet-based questionnaire regarding (a) their basic level of education, training, and experience in mindfulness practices; and (b) the extent to which they had participated in ongoing personal mindfulness practice. Results indicated that many clinicians who used mindfulness-based interventions practiced some form of mindfulness regularly, that their clinical practice was influenced to varying degrees by Buddhist spiritual beliefs, and that they applied mindfulness training across a wide range of client populations and settings. Findings are discussed in terms of how they might contribute to further development of mindfulness training provider competencies.


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