The Inside Out Group Model: Teaching Groups in Mindfulness-Based Programs

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Objectives
Mindfulness-Based Programs (MBPs) were designed to be taught in groups, yet little attention has been paid to how MBP teachers can work with the potential of the group to enhance participant learning. Most extant literature about group processes relates to psychotherapeutic groups or work-based teams. A link is needed from the broader literature to the particular nature of the MBP teaching process.

Methods
The Inside Out Group (IOG) model arose through many years of engagement with MBP teaching and teacher training. The IOG model is a clarifying framework to support MBP teachers to understand and skillfully work with group processes.

Results
The inside out embodiment of the teacher is at the center of the IOG model, with three linked capacities that the teacher uses to support and guide the process: (a) reading the group, (b) holding the group, and (c) befriending the group.

Conclusions
Practice and research implications of the IOG model are discussed.

Keywords

  • Mindfulness-based programs, Mindfulness-based teacher, Group theory, Inside out, IOG Model, Embodiment
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1315-1327
Number of pages13
JournalMindfulness
Volume10
Issue number7
Early online date25 Jan 2019
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Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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