Teaching mindfulness to psychotherapists in clinical practice: The mindful therapy programme

Aggs, Cameron and Bambling, Matthew (2010) Teaching mindfulness to psychotherapists in clinical practice: The mindful therapy programme. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10 4: 278-286. doi:10.1080/14733145.2010.485690

Author Aggs, Cameron
Bambling, Matthew
Title Teaching mindfulness to psychotherapists in clinical practice: The mindful therapy programme
Journal name Counselling and Psychotherapy Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1473-3145
Publication date 2010-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14733145.2010.485690
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 10
Issue 4
Start page 278
End page 286
Total pages 9
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Initially proposed as a treatment modality for psychological disorders, mindfulness is now being promoted as a means of enhancing both therapist self care and therapeutic efficacy. The degree to which mindfulness can be learned by therapists to manage their own and clients' processes in therapy is as yet unknown. This study examines training outcomes of a standardised introductory mindfulness programme for mental health professionals.


Forty-seven mental health professionals completed an eight-week mindful therapy (MT) training programme and associated measures.


Compared with baseline scores, participants demonstrated knowledge acquisition on all measures, including increased mindfulness in clinical work, increased capacity to intentionally invoke mindful states of consciousness, and higher participant ratings of well-being over the course of training sessions.

This research provides preliminary evidence that a brief, standardised mindfulness training programme can achieve acceptable knowledge and skills outcomes for therapists that can aid their therapeutic practice. Of note, increased 'therapeutic mindfulness' in this study resulted from changed mindfulness 'attitudes' (i.e. a more accepting and equanimous orientation within therapeutic work) as opposed to a clear demonstration of increased attention-regulation skills. The implications of these and other results for programme development and wider research are discussed.
Keyword Mindful therapy scale
Therapist well-being
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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Created: Wed, 21 Sep 2011, 00:28:52 EST by Matthew Bambling on behalf of Psychiatry - Princess Alexandra Hospital