Purpose of the practicum:
This practicum is designed for educators and allied professionals who are interested in offering mindfulness to children and adolescents — to support them in developing their natural capacities for focused attention, engaged learning, emotional fluency, respectful communication, and compassionate action. Together we will explore, in detail, the research-based Still Quiet Place curriculum.
During this interactive training particpants will:
- Either begin or continue their personal mindfulness practice for at least 30 minutes per day for the duration of the course.
- Review current research regarding the benefits of teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents.
- Observe and discuss a ten-session curriculum for 4th-7th graders from beginning to end.
- Explore and discuss skillful adaptations in language and practice which make mindfulness inviting and accessible to different age groups and populations.
- Discuss the realities of offering mindfulness practices in classroom, therapeutic, and community settings.
- Discuss some of the challenges faced when providing mindfulness instruction, including reluctance, resistance, or misunderstanding on the part of children, parents, and administrative leadership.
- Review and reflect upon the essential qualities and qualifications for those interested in teaching mindfulness to children, and receive a framework for evaluating their own readiness to teach mindfulness to youth.
- Discuss ideas for presenting/pitching a new mindfulness program in specific settings.
For each session, the course format is as follows:
- Participants view one hour of video of an 8-week Still Quiet Place course conducted with 4th graders at a low-income school in northern California. Participants will watch these videos via the web at a personally convenient time.
- Weekly reading will be assigned from the course curriculum, A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions.
- Participate in partner practice.
- At least once during the course every participant will have the opportunity and be supported in leading a guided practice for, and receiving feedback from the group.
- Each week, for 10 weeks, participants will participate in a 1 1/2 hour, web-based group discussion with Dr. Amy and their class peers. (Note the More Virtual option at the right for alternative schedules.) Discussions will center around the week’s reading and video observation, guided practices, and partner practice. There will be ample time for questions and answers.
Participants also receive:
- A free copy of A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions.
- Free access to Still Quiet Place audio tracks, worksheets, and a sample course outline which can be implemented in any group educational or clinical setting
- Examples of foundational documents, including a sample letter to decision-makers, a flier promoting the mindfulness program, and a sample parental consent form.
- Reduced pricing on bulk orders of Dr. Amy’s Still Quiet Place CDs.
- Access to the private Still Quiet Place Facebook discussion group
Priority participation will be given to those with:
- Experience working/playing with children.
- An established daily mindfulness practice.
- Mindfulness retreat experience.
Application and fees:
The practicum fee is $600 (Portugal $525 plus Venue Fees). A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
If you are interested in participating, click below to fill out the application.
Space is limited, so apply early.
Anonymous course feedback:
“The videos brought the material to us in a way that just talking about it could not and helped me appreciate the level of skill required to be with children, and do this work.”
“I deeply appreciated leading and receiving practices with other participants.”
“I benefited greatly from the group discussions, and from Amy explaining various processes (such as “the “oh shit” moment).”