10 session online in-depth training in the Still Quiet Place curriculum for sharing the scientifically proven practices of mindfulness with children and adolescents. This on-line training is a refined version of the two-day workshop I offered at the Center for Mindfulness in 2008. For each session, course participants will view 1 hour of video of a 4th grade class (via the web at a personally convenient time), engage in home practice and partner practice, and participate in a 1 ½ hour web based group discussion. Each course participant will receive two audio CDs one for young children, and one for teens, and a comprehensive training manual.
This training supports teachers and health care professionals interested in offering mindfulness to children and adolescents. When sharing mindfulness with youth it is essential that our offerings come from the depths of our own practice, that we use age-adapted language, and that the offerings are engaging.
During the training we will:
• discuss skillful adaptations for teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents
• emphasize language and practices which are inviting and accessible to youth
• observe and discuss a 10-session course for 4th graders from beginning to end
• discuss variations in curriculum for younger and older children
• engage in an in-depth exploration of ways to facilitate children’s and adolescents’ embodied experience of mindfulness
• guide practices for partners and the group as a whole
• review the current research regarding teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents
• inquire together about your personal readiness to offer mindfulness to children and adolescents
The curriculum we will be working with has been used in multiple settings, teaching to: child-parent pairs in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University; to predominantly low income students, many from non-English speaking households, in their public school classrooms; to mostly affluent students at independent schools; and to middle income children and adolescents in community settings. Using this curriculum, preliminary data shows that from pre- to post-MBSR, the students have increased ability to orient their attention, and decreased anxiety. In written narrative, the children also report decreased emotional reactivity, increased self-compassion, and increased ability to complete difficult homework and tests.
The depth of our exploration will depend on the experience of the participants. Priority will be given to those with
• Long-term daily mindfulness practice
• Retreat experience
• Experience working and playing with children and youth
Course fee: $600; a limited number of partial scholarships are available. If you are interested in participating please fill out the application questions. Please submit you application by February 13th, 2012. Space is limited so apply early
Questions: In a separate word document please write your name, phone number, address, and email, and answer the following questions clearly and simply. For ease and clarity please put your name in the header of each page, and page numbers at the bottom right.
1. Please describe you current and past mindfulness practice, what you have discovered about yourself, and what the practice means to you.
2. Please list any MBSR and related trainings you have participated in (8 week adult MBSR course, 7 day professional training, 9 day or 8 week practicum, yoga training, other…
3. Please describe any work/play you have done with children, what drew you to work/play with children
4. Please share your sense of what you bring, what you are cultivating, and what your edges (challenges) are in working/playing with children.
5. Please list the retreats (4 days or longer) that you have attended
6. Please describe any MBSR teaching you have done, and what you have discovered through teaching
• 10 Monday evenings beginning February 27th, 2012 4:00- 5:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time
• “European option” Those for whom the above dates and times don’t work may still participate in the course. The webinar will be recorded for you to replay at your convenience. You will be able to email questions and comments prior to each webinar for discussion and response, and you will have two live individual or small group telephone/Skype sessions in the middle and at the end of the course. Several people have successfully participated in the course using this format and would happy to describe their experiences.
Alternatively, you can listen to recordings of a recently completed course on your own time, and have two individual 30 minute supervisory telephone/skype sessions.
If there is sufficient interest (10 or more participants) from a given time zone, I am open to offering a course at time that is convenient for the group. To minimize confusion please put all time requests in U.S. Pacific Daylight Time.
Please forward this information to others you know who may be interested in this training.
the next training will begin February 27th, and many Australians have participated successfully in the live webinars when their schedules allow, and via the “European” option when they don’t.
the course will begin February 27th.
Peace and grace