What is the Twilight INSET about?
The Twilight Inset is a 90 minute experiential introduction to mindfulness. It helps develop an understanding of mindfulness, as the awareness that emerges through purposefully paying attention to events in the present moment in a way that is non-judgemental, curious and open-hearted.
Why have the INSET in your school?
There is substantial research evidence that regularly practicing mindfulness can reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression and significantly enhance cognitive skills, mental health and well-being.with an overview of the evidence base for using mindfulness-based approaches with adults and children, including those with special educational needs.
What are the aims for the Twilight INSET?
Overall, the workshop aims to provide participants with:
- Opportunities to learn how to practice mindfulness – through experiential exercises.
- Information about the research evidence for the benefits of regularly practicing mindfulness – for adults, children and young people.
- Information about training and interventions available for school staff and pupils, such as the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme, and the “.b” and “Paws .b” courses for children and young people, including the MBAT intervention for those with special educational needs.
Overall, this introductory workshop covers theoretical and practical aspects of mindfulness and prepares for further training.
What is some of the feedback from participants?
“Informative and helpful – inspiring.”
“Interesting and informative.”
“Well-presented with a grounded evidence base.”
“A good opportunity to discuss our experiences and how one might apply mindfulness in school.”
“Many thanks for your inspiration – I will certainly use mindfulness in the future.”
“Thank you! I like the comprehensive nature of the notes and see that this is a springboard to learning more.”
What are the timings of the INSET?
Here are some sample timings that have been used in other Twilight INSETs, assuming a 3:30pm start and a 5pm finish.
- 3:30pm – Introductions, overview of the session
- 3:40pm – What is mindfulness? Practice: 10 minute sitting practice
- 4:00pm – Research evidence for benefits of mindfulness with adults, including school staff, and children and young people. Neuroscience evidence on how mindfulness works.
- 4:10pm Practice: Mindfulness of Breath and body.
- 4:30am – Evidence-based programmes for adults (MBSR, .b Foundations) and children (.b, paws .b, MBAT).
- 4:40pm – Practice: Breathing Space.
- 4:45pm – Discussion on ways forward as a school. Evaluations.
- 5pm – Close
Background to the facilitator
Dr Bernadette Carelse has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1999. In 2002, she qualified as a secondary school science (physics) teacher and then, in 2005, trained as an Educational Psychologist and has worked at the Hackney Learning Trust ever since then.
From 2008 to 2013, she completed the Professional Doctorate in Applied Educational and Child Psychology at UEL. The research explored children’s experiences of learning mindfulness to help develop their attentional skills. It involved designing and implementing a mindfulness intervention in a primary school. This intervention has been further developed to help children and young people to develop self-awareness and skills to stay calm and better engage in learning.
Through this experience, Dr Carelse has been delivering introductory training in mindfulness to participants with a range of backgrounds, including other educational psychologists, head teachers, teachers, teaching assistants, learning support assistants and parents. She has trained to deliver standardised mindfulness programmes, including the “.b”, “Paws .b” and “.b Foundations” programme for pupils and the well-researched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course for adults.
Cost of the INSET varies from £250 to £350, depending on travel time. The workshop can include up to 40 participants. This includes delivery of the course, and planning and preparation. After the course, a summary report of the feedback from participants may be provided on request.
The cost of a venue is not included, although one can be sourced if required.
For further infomation, contact Dr Bernadette Carelse, through Holistic Education.