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Credential-holder Code of Conduct

The IMTA Credential-holder Code of Conduct is a declaration of acceptable ethical and professional behavior by which all credential holders agree to conduct the training and business of mindfulness teaching. It is not intended to supersede the ethics of any school or tradition but is intended to be a basis for mindfulness teaching principles. As an Accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Program ("IMTA-Accredited") or Certified Mindfulness Teacher Professional (CMT-P) or Certified Mindfulness Teacher Professional (CMT-M) agree to uphold the following ethical principles:

  • Conduct myself in a professional and conscientious manner. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that I live up to any commitments I make to my students or to the public, and ensuring that my practices and behavior conform to the representations I make about myself in holding myself out as a mindfulness practitioner who adheres to certain precepts.
  • Acknowledge the limitations of my skills and scope of practice and where appropriate, refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment or direction.
  • Create and maintain a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the practice of mindfulness.
  • Encourage diversity by respecting all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and privacy of all students.
  • Avoid words and actions that constitute sexual harassment or harassment based on other legal protected characteristics.
  • Follow all local government and national laws that pertain to my mindfulness teaching and business.

I understand that IMTA may revoke my right to use its Credentialing Marks for cause, including failure to uphold the standards set forth in the Code of Conduct. Prior to revoking my right to use a Credential Mark, IMTA Credentialing Committee will provide me notice of the basis for the potential revocation and an opportunity to respond in writing. After review of the evidence, IMTA Credentialing Committee will issue a decision as to whether to revoke my credentials, based on its reasonable judgment of the evidence before it. I agree to hold IMTA harmless for any losses or damage I may incur as a consequence of the revocation of my credentials.