Short Mindfulness Programmes

Root Definition

A range of training programmes that help individuals to improve their wellbeing and health by providing them with mindfulness skills.

Short Mindfulness Programmes have not been subject to substantial research. They are mostly derived from MBSR or derivative programmes, and leave out some elements of the full programmes.

A short programme is normally delivered in a group and has the following characteristics:

  • Often there is no pre-assessment of individuals
  • A phased introduction of practices
  • Some emphasis on and exploration of attitudes
  • Expectation of some home practice, but not as extensive as full programmes
  • limited enquiry on practice




Mindfulness teachers
Health care providers


Transforms people by increasing their knowledge and understanding of mindfulness.


Mindfulness can deliver benefits from skills that can be taught in shorter programmes, and to maximise benefit and widen accessibility such programmes are worthy of development.


There is no formal owner of mindfulness programmes, though there are a number of training organisations seeking to widen availability of mindfulness programmes and to ensure the quality of full mindfulness programmes.


The media are generating a considerable amount of interest in mindfulness, though some of this can be ill-informed.
The financial climate is limiting, and though there are evidence-based benefits, there are few opportunities for public funding of research, development and implementation.
There is a growing number of people delivering mindfulness training, some of whom are formally trained.

Relavent Subsystems

Individual programmes: Frantic world, TME, .b, etc.

Contribution to the problem situation

The interest in mindfulness is driving up the demand for courses. There is no anticipated regulation of short mindfulness courses, and the public perception of mindfulness is likely to be shaped largely by the quality and effectiveness of shorter programmes. Understanding of the scope and quality of such programmes is likely to be difficult.