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Rapid Growth of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association Accelerates the Professionalization and Standardization of the Mindfulness Field

IMTA Grows to More Than 250 Members, Including Over 100 IMTA-Certified Mindfulness Teachers and a Half-Dozen IMTA-Accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Programs

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Oct. 4, 2018 – The International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) today announced it has achieved a growth milestone, marked by more than 250 members, including over 100 IMTA-Certified Mindfulness Teachers (CMT-P) and six IMTA-Accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Programs (AMTTP). The IMTA’s rapid growth reinforces the organization’s leadership in creating a standardized, professional path to enabling consistent, quality mindfulness teaching in classrooms, institutions, and organizations around the world. “Mindfulness practice has long been associated with lower stress, higher self-esteem and greater well-being for students and adults. With more than 100 IMTA-Certified Mindfulness Teachers, hiring organizations can visit the IMTA Teacher Directory to find qualified mindfulness teachers for their programs,” said the IMTA President Dawa Tarchin Phillips. “In addition, aspiring teachers looking to complete their teacher training can take advantage of the IMTA Program Directory to find an IMTA-Accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (AMTTP).” Mindfulness teachers who have successfully completed an IMTA-accredited program are encouraged to gain recognition of their skills and expertise by applying to become a provisional Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P). Organizations with programs listed in the IMTA-Accredited Program Directory include:
  • Engaged Mindfulness Institute, Mindfulness Teacher Training (MA)
  • Inbody Academy, Mindfulness Teacher Training (UT)
  • Instituto Esmindfulness, Formación de Instructores de MBSR (Spain)
  • Instituto Mexicano de Mindfulness, Diplomado de Formación en Mindfulness (Mexico)
  • Mindfulness Training Institute, Mindfulness Teacher Training (CA)
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Mindful Awareness Research Center, Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (CA)

IMTA Credentialing Tracks & Application Process

The IMTA offers an accreditation track for educational organizations and a professional certification track for individual teachers. Candidates interested in certification or accreditation may submit applications on the IMTA website. The IMTA’s Credentialing Committee will review applications related to a core set of competency areas. Once credentialed, recipients will receive a seal illustrating their designation (CMT-P for individuals and AMTTP for programs), and a listing in the IMTA’s online directory of accredited programs and certified teachers.

About the IMTA

The International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA), a registered non-profit 501(c)(3), is the leading independent organization dedicated to the professionalization and standardization of the mindfulness field. Founded by world-renowned mindfulness leaders, the IMTA develops and maintains program and teacher standards, fosters an international community of mindfulness teachers, and offers two credentialing tracks – one for mindfulness teacher training programs to become accredited, and the other for individual mindfulness teachers to become certified. Membership is available to mindfulness teachers and teacher training organizations actively working or aspiring to shape the future of their field. Visit

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