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Apply for Membership in IMMA

Code of Ethics and eligibility

IMMA Membership guidelines for teachers, trainers and coaches

 

IMMA Membership is open to anyone who has completed one of our recognised course provider courses in mindfulness, meditation or forest bathing. All other applications will be assessed individually. Membership costs just A$69 a year.

 

To apply for membership please attach the following information:

  • Certificate of competence which needs to include the school’s name. If the certificate does not list the subjects completed, please add them in your application along with the number of hours of training.
  • If you do not have formal qualifications but have extensive experience in teaching mindfulness and meditation, please detail your experience and include references from at least three people who have completed your training.

 

Please note that all information provided to us will be confidential.

Membership Guidelines for mindfulness coaches

IMMA Membership Eligibility

 

A mindfulness coach is a life coach with additional qualifications or substantial experience in mindfulness. To qualify for membership, you will need to supply certification of life coach training as well as proof of mindfulness training or experience.

IMMA Membership guidelines for Nature Connection or forest bathing guides

 

As this is a very new industry each applicant will be assessed upon its merits, so please include your experience, training and length of time in the industry

Benefits of IMMA Membership

Being a member of an association provides you with support, community and a place to promote your business.

Membership entitles you to:

  • List on our website
  • Submit blogs to our blog page
  • Have a body to go to if you need support, information or clarification
  • Recognition of your training
  • Credibility in the marketplace
  • Use of our logo on your web page
  • A Facebook community that enables you to connect with others in your industry

Code of Ethics

 

As a member of the International Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance (IMMA) I agree to abide by the following code of ethics.

1. Respect
1. Respect

All members are required to treat all students with equal respect regardless of age, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or disability. That includes respecting the values of each person and the differences between us.

2. Confidentiality
2. Confidentiality

To protect student’s privacy members are required to not share their personal details with anyone without their written consent. To treat all information about, or shared with you by students, as confidential. This includes not using their photo or testimonial or showing them in a video without their express written permission.

3. Integrity
3. Integrity

Members are required to act with integrity in all areas of their lives. This applies to their businesses where they are expected to maintain the correct records, pay taxes and abide by the laws of the land. Acting with integrity also applies to relationships with students where teachers are required to not take advantage of a student in any way for personal gain. Teachers need to be honest when assessing a student who is not yet competent.

4. Maintain professional standards and boundaries
4. Maintain professional standards and boundaries

Members need to be able to set standards and boundaries and communicate those standards and boundaries to their students/clients.
This also includes not working with people whose issues are outside the scope of your expertise.

5. Compassion
5. Compassion

Members are encouraged to exercise compassion in their business dealings whether that be with students or people they have business dealings with, we are all role models for what we teach.

6. Communication
6. Communication

An important aspect of communicating effectively is that people feel heard. All communication needs to be based on honesty, compassion and respect. This includes the location of where you communicate, as well as protecting the privacy of students. Feedback to students needs to be supportive and constructive.

7. Grievances
7. Grievances

Students have a right to make complaints and teachers are advised to have a grievance policy in place which outlines what steps will be taken to resolve the grievance. Members can obtain a copy of a grievance policy from us.

8. Walk your talk
8. Walk your talk

Members are advised to embody the values they teach as well as practising the principles they teach.

9. Acceptance
9. Acceptance

As acceptance is a major component of mindfulness we ask all teachers to demonstrate this in their dealings with the public, students and other schools. The International Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance promotes inclusiveness, so this means any public criticism of competitors, or other schools is frowned upon.

10. Respect for copyright
10. Respect for copyright

We expect that all teachers are aware of copyright laws and to not infringe or use anyone else’s work without acknowledgement.

11. Remain up-to-date
11. Remain up-to-date

Members are required to remain up-to-date in their training and skills and to commit to ongoing professional development.