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The Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Scale (Baer, Smith & Allen, 2004)

The Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Scale (KIMS) comprises 39 items that largely target the conceptualization of mindfulness skills. The KIMS was designed to measure four aspects of mindfulness in daily life (observing, describing, acting with awareness and accepting without judgment). One aspect of mindfulness unique to the KIMS is describing, the ability to verbally describe (or label) experiences (KIMS 10: “I’m good at thinking of words to express my perceptions, such as how things taste, smell, or sound.”). In the mindfulness tradition, labeling of experiencesis often considered a component of mindfulness meditation, signifying a general recognition that thoughts are (just) thoughts, feelings are feelings, etc. rather than an accurate description of feelings or of the contents of thought.

 

The Self-Compassion Scale

Self-compassion denotes a compassionate and empathic attitude toward oneself (Neff, 2003b). In the past decade, the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) has been used to measure self-compassion in individuals and its effects on social, psychological, and physiological functioning. During its development factor analysis dictated that it be divided into six subscales including: self-kindness, self-judgment, common humanity, isolation, mindfulness, and over-identification (Neff, 2003b). Thus, the six subscales are the result of both theoretical and empirical findings. The inventory offers flexibility and breadth in its utilization. Research findings regarding the SCS subscales illustrate this notion. The subscales of the SCS make it a multidimensional inventory beyond the main construct measure of self-compassion. The SCS has also been used successfully cross-culturally. Research findings and clinical uses of the SCS globally indicate the utility of the measure for exploring the affects and correlates of self- compassion.

 

Personal and Organizational Quality Assessment (POQA)

HeartMath South Africa has collaborated with The Mindful Company to bring this highly insightful and effective assessment to compliment and measure the proposed training. POQA is designed to measure stress indicators, positive and negative effects at the individual level and organisational culture/climate at the group level. The tool is comprised of 52 questions with 4 sections. The 4 sections / subscales referred to measure: Emotional Vitality, Organisational Stress, Emotional Stress and Physical Stress. The assessment then breaks those subscales down further into Emotional Buoyancy, Emotional Contentment, Pressures of Life, Relational Tension, Intention to Quit, Anxiety / Depression, Anger / resentment, Fatigue, Health Symptoms. All the information is gathered confidentially and results can be accessed by the organisation. Due to the comprehensive nature of the assessment, many valuable insights can be gleaned from the data. The assessment is done pre and post training.

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