Mindful was established primarily as a training centre, with the aims of developing the best vocational training courses for health, education and welfare professionals and promoting effective community and clinical interventions through continuing education, professional support and advocacy. A further aim is to develop and maintain a research program which will advance clinical and preventative understandings in child and adolescent mental health.

A key area of research at Mindful is the Research on Tuning in to Kids. Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the evidence for the Tuning in to Kids program and its variants (e.g., Tuning in to Toddlers, Tuning in to Teens, Dads Tuning in to Kids).