What is IMP? The Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP) is an eight-week, nine session educational training in the relational practice of Mindfulness, or mindful dialogue. It is taught in a group format within the context of a highly supportive, and dedicated learning environment. The IMP is based on the structured, interpersonal meditation practice of Insight Dialogue (ID).
History of IMP: In 1995 Dr. Gregory Kramer of the Metta Foundation, developed and taught ID worldwide. In 2006 the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in collaboration with the Metta Foundation, offered IMP teacher training to experienced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction(MBSR) teachers.
Who can benefit, prerequisites: The IMP is offered as a graduate program for alumnae of: MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, or Mindful Eating, Conscious Living programs. Some areas where the IMP may be of benefit:
- Learn how to cultivate clear awareness in relationships
- Observe and release negative habits with others
- Support deep listening towards oneself and others
- Develop understanding and freedom from relational stress
- Foster effective and clear communication
What to Expect: The IMP consists of eight weekly, two and a half hour classes, and an all day retreat. The systematic learning is participatory and structured with guided interpersonal practice, skill development, and group discussion. Participants receive 31 hours group instruction, a program packet, and practice materials. Participation requires an ongoing commitment to respectful communication with self and others, as well as a regular Mindfulness practice.
As human beings we are exquisitely sensitive by nature, and designed to connect with others. This connection can bring tremendous joy, as well as see us react in habitual ways when tension is present. With this deep practice of interpersonal awareness, we can taste freedom and joy.