Mindfulness programs are increasingly available to people suffering from psychological disorders. It is also taught in schools and businesses are even beginning to offer programs to the full consciousness of their employees.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed to prevent relapse in depression and is effective in a series of randomized controlled trials. This kind of scientific proof is needed to validate therapeutic intervention; whether a medication, psychotherapy process, surgery, or physiotherapy.
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To be able to scientifically evaluate the effectiveness of any therapy, the first thing to be established is that the therapy itself can be normalized so that the same treatment can be given to people with the same diagnosis for you to ensure that, as is compared with like.
This means that there must be a high level of consistency in the expertise of the provision of professional therapy. If therapy is then going to be offered as a treatment after the trial, therapists should be trained to the same standard as that delivered treatment in clinical trials.
That is why it is necessary for standardization of vocational training for practitioners providing MBCT.
All this seems very reasonable, but the issues around regulation and standardization of interventions based on mindfulness and mindfulness teacher training are not quite as simple as it sounds.