Division of Educational and Child Psychologists (DECP) Conference: my workshop on using mindfulness as a whole school approach to wellbeing

What a beautiful morning in Brighton! This is where I started off the day. I was there for the Division for Educational and Child Psychologists (DECP)  Conference.

After listening to an inspiring keynote speech, I delivered a workshop entitled “Mindfulness, Educational Psychologists and Whole School Wellbeing”. It was a privilege and pleasure to outline a vision for how educational psychologists can implement  mindfulness-based interventions in schools.  This is a a subject based on my experience, which has built up over the years since my doctoral research in this field.

The feedback from the participants was positive. One described the session as “very clear, well based on research without losing the presenter-audience relationship“.  Another wrote that it  provided the “simple straightforward basics of mindfulness including clear steps of how to implement practice in schools with an informed good foundation.

I also asked what further training would be important to EPs and discovered an interest in how to implement mindfulness interventions in schools.  There is a need for training and supervision of mindfulness teachers so that there is authenticity in the approach.  Again, following the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers Good Practice Guidelines is recommended.

I have a plan to make that happen. Watch this space.

Warm wishes, Bernadette

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