The purpose of the following Code of Professional Standards is to guide the Educational practice of Focused Awareness Meditation including guidelines for defining the status of “in good standing.”
DEFINITION of Focused Awareness Meditation
Focused Awareness Meditation is a 5 step mindfulness practice with the essential component of concentration forming a complete meditation practice. It is a systematic practice based on scientific evidence in which teachers provide the sequence necessary to bring mindfulness into focus. Each step in the sequence builds on the previous one to establish homeostasis and advance toward meditation itself.
1: Scope of Practice
Meditation Specialists use Focused Awareness Meditation within the scope of their background, current licensing and credentialing. They represent themselves to the public in accordance with their credentials. They practice within the guidelines of this Code of Professional Standards; the Meditation Specialist’s Program’s Scope of Practice statement; and state/province, local and federal laws and regulations.
2: Collaborative Care
Focused Awareness Meditation is a stress-reduction practice, which can be used in conjunction with traditional therapies or as a sole modality. Practitioners know the limits of their professional competence and do not step beyond these boundaries. They do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat medical conditions or disorders unless they hold a license that permits them to do so. They are credentialed and in good standing with their respective/legal licensing or credentialing body/ bodies. Appropriate referrals to other health care professionals are made when necessary.
Focused Awareness Meditation is used to promote the health and wellness for each client. Client safety, educational needs, and well-being are safeguarded by the practitioner.
4: Respectful Care
Meditation Specialists maintain high standards of professionalism in their care. They treat clients and colleagues with respect, courtesy, care and consideration. Meditation Specialists respect their client’s individuality, beliefs, inherent worth, and dignity. They respect the client’s right to be involved in their sessions and they empower the client to give feedback, alter or discontinue the session at any time. Mediation Specialists provide information that assist clients in making informed decisions about their care.
5: Equality and Acceptance
Meditation Specialists work in partnership with the client to promote heath and wellbeing regardless of race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, politics or social status, spiritual practice or health condition. The client’s inner process, spiritual practices and pacing of practice are respected and supported. No specific religious/spiritual belief or practice is promoted in Focused Awareness Meditation.
6: Creating a Stress-free Environment
Focused Awareness Meditation is provided in a variety of environments. Practitioners provide (when possible) a private, safe environment conducive to relaxation in which the client can d-stress and focus on their internal cues. Safe and clear professional boundaries are described and maintained.
7: Focused Awareness Meditation Brand Guidelines
The Meditation Specialist uses the five-step process as a foundation and guideline, for administration of the skill and in documentation (Focused Awareness Meditation Workbook). The five steps are: (1) Steady Seat; (2) Diaphragmatic Breathing; (3) Systematic Relaxation; (4) Breath Awareness; (5) Focused Awareness. Sequential order of the five steps does not vary but may change in style depending on the specific situation, methods administered and flow of the session. The five-step process is organized into a 4 session course where content must remain intact. Reproduction of any material including recordings must be approved before use by the Meditation Specialist Certification Board.
8: Disclosure and Education
Information is provided to the client on an individualized basis taking into account expressed needs and personal situations. The Practitioner informs the client of her/his educational and experiential background in Meditation and its practices and any other related credentials they hold. They also provide an explanation of the practice to the level of client’s understanding, and clearly and accurately inform clients of the nature and terms of the service. The Practitioner discusses the focused awareness meditation process as well as any relevant limitations or issues before sessions begin. Practitioners supply resources and/or additional materials that may support the client.
Client confidentiality is protected at all times and records are kept in a secure and private place in accordance with state and federal regulations. The Practitioner also informs clients of exceptions to their confidentiality such as disclosure for legal and regulatory requirements or to prevent eminent harm or danger to client or others. If applicable, client health information and treatment findings are documented appropriately and are specific to the practitioner’s background and setting. Information is shared only with client’s written permission.
Meditation Specialists are expected to understand and comply with the laws of the state(s)/province in which they are offering Meditation training. Those that have a professional license are expected to understand their scope of practice and comply accordingly. It is expected that Meditation Specialists will carry liability/ malpractice insurance according to state/province, federal and professional laws to protect themselves and clients. It is expected that Meditation Specialists will maintain the appropriate business licenses according to their state/province requirements.
11: Self Advancement
Meditation Specialists are required to have a personal practice to enhance their personal development and wellness necessary to teach others. They practice from a theoretical and experiential knowledge base as they continue to deepen their understanding of the mind/body complex and personal evolution. They keep themselves current in the practice and research of meditation and related areas and seek to continually expand their effectiveness as a practitioner.
12: Professional Responsibility
Practitioners and students represent the Meditation Specialist ‘Brand’ in a professional manner by exercising good judgment, practicing with integrity, and adhering to this Meditation Specialist (MS) Code of Professional Standards and the MS Scope of Practice. Through their words and actions, they encourage ethical behavior of all parties. They consult the Board of Directors if an ethical issue occurs. The MS Code of Ethics will be the practitioners’ minimum Ethical Code when practicing Focused Awareness Meditation. If they practice any other kind of energy medicine/therapy/modality within a Focused Awareness Meditation session, they must do so with the prior knowledge and informed consent of the client, and they will be bound by the Meditation Specialist Code of Ethics.
Non-adherence or violation of the Meditation Specialist Code of Professional Standards and/ or Scope of Practice may result in reprimand, letter of censure and prohibition of office, suspension or expulsion.
The National Meditation Specialist Board’s Directors and Advisory Board are the sole authority to determine continued certification or eligibility to study, based on compliance with the Mediation Specialist Code of Professional Standards and Scope of Practice.
A Meditation Specialist found responsible for violating the Code of Professional Standards at any time will have certification revoked immediately. The meditation specialist holds Dr. Susan Taylor, the Board members and the Center for Meditation Science harmless. If the specialist does or does not deny responsibility for the violation(s) but wishes to appeal the sanction imposed by the Center for Meditation Science, they may request a review of the sanction only before the Board. If found in fault, agrees to pay all costs involved.