Promoting and maintaining standards in mindfulness-based teaching and training: The UK Network
As the availability of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) continues to expand, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that the training and delivery of these approaches adhere to recognised standards supporting safe and ethical practice. The UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teachers Training Organisations (UKN) was established in 2005 and is the lead organisation overseeing the quality of mindfulness-based training in the UK.
- Vision: The Network represents the leading teacher training organisations in the UK.
- Mission: We are committed to supporting and developing good practice and integrity in the delivery of mindfulness-based approaches.
- Objectives: We do this by: Having strong collaborative relationships between member organisations. Defining, upholding and disseminating standards.
The UKN has developed good practice guidelines (GPGs) to provide clarity about acknowledged standards in the field of MBIs. These are intended to support the safe, effective and ethical provision of mindfulness approaches in the UK. It has additionally developed GPGs for those training people to teach MBIs. As a member organisation of the UKN, Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness strongly encourages all those teaching and training in MBIs to become familiar with these guidelines and to practice in accordance with these.
Mindfulness-based teachers who have undergone sufficient training and are able to demonstrate adherence to the Good Practice Guidelines are eligible to be listed on the UKN Listing of mindfulness-based teachers.
The UKN Listing provides clarity for those wishing to attend a mindfulness-based course that teachers identified on this have been through a process of assessment to ensure they adhere to minimum standards. This process recognises the importance of developing and maintaining standards in teaching MBIs, and provides assurance that practitioners who are Listed adhere to these standards in their teaching.