What is the Intro to Mindfulness Session about? This is a 60 minute session for school staff, covering what mindfulness is, the neuroscience behind how it works and how it can be used in schools to enhance staff wellbeing and the pathway to training to use mindfulness in the classroom. This is a useful and productive In-service Training (INSET) session to enhance understanding of the power of using short, versatile mindfulness practices in everyday life to build resilience to stress.
Why have the training 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.
What are the aims of the session? The aims are 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 previous 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 is a draft outline of the 60-minute session?
Here is a draft outline of the session when it was run as an after school session with a 4pm start and 5pm finish.
- 4pm – Introductions, What is mindfulness?
- 4:10pm: FIRST Mindfulness Sitting Practice: 10 minutes, with discussion
- 4:30pm – Research on benefits of mindfulness with adults, including school staff, and children and young people. Neuroscience on how mindfulness works.
- 4:40pm: SECOND Mindfulness Practice: 3 Minute Breathing Space.
- 4:45pm: Taking this forward. Information on training available for school staff in mindfulness including for staff wellbeing and using it in the classroom. Question and answering session.
- 5pm – Close
Background to the facilitator: For information on Dr Guhysakhi (Bernadette) Carelse.
Cost: Cost of the INSET varies from £150 (online) to £300 (onsite, depending on travel time). The workshop includes delivery of the course, and planning and preparation and a summary of the next steps discussed by staff. The cost of a venue is not included, although one can be sourced if required.
For further information, contact Dr Bernadette Carelse, through Holistic Education.