Standardizing Training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Canadian Psychiatry Postgraduate Programs: A Competency-Based Framework

This paper proposes competency-based training guidelines for the training of Mindfulness-based Interventions (MBIs) in Canadian psychiatry postgraduate programs.

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​The Stages of Insight: Clinical Relevance for Mindfulness-Based Interventions

This paper outlines the primary reasons why MBI clinicians need to be aware of the stages of insight, including:

  1. some MBI participants appear to progress through the initial stages of the stages of insight, even during a relatively short period of time, such as an 8 week program
  2. knowledgeable clinicians may be better able to recognize the stages of insight and adjust practice instructions to facilitate participants’ navigation of these stages
  3. clinically significant symptoms that may be encountered during progress through the stages of insight need to be recognized by clinicians and appropriately addressed.

Grabovac, A., Mindfulness (2015) 6: 589. doi:10.1007/s12671-014-0294-2 | Download Full Text as a PDF

Mechanisms of Mindfulness: A Buddhist Psychological Model

We propose a psychological model derived from Buddhist contemplative traditions. We use the proposed Buddhist psychological model to describe what occurs during mindfulness practice and identify specific mechanisms through which mindfulness and attention regulation practices may result in symptom reduction as well as improvements in well-being. Other explanatory models of mindfulness interventions are summarized and evaluated in the context of this model. We conclude that the comprehensive and detailed nature of the proposed model offers several advantages for understanding how mindfulness-based interventions exert their clinical benefits and that it is amenable to research investigation.

Grabovac, A.D., Lau, M.A. & Willett, B.R., Mindfulness (2011) 2: 154. doi:10.1007/s12671-011-0054-5 | Download Full Text as a PDF