Combined Introduction & Intermediate Course

Dates: 5th October, 6th October, Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm

2 Day Course

This continuous 2-day course has 6 hours face-to-face group teaching each day. It is followed by a personal development mindfulness program using a workbook containing activities each day for the 8 weeks following the course. Suggestions for the establishment of a regular daily mindfulness practice.

Day 1 Teacher Training – Introduction Course

This course is a good starting point for developing the skills and techniques for the development of a personal mindfulness practice which is a pre-requisite of teaching mindfulness to others, as recommended by the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses.

The course is based on scientific evidence from psychology, education and neuroscience along with the fundamental principles of mindfulness- based cognitive therapy (MBCT); including research with school students and teachers, with adaptations for teachers to use for themselves in the classroom.

The course will cover:

  • The research evidence behind the mindfulness program for teachers and students
  • The facilities /conditions needed to develop a daily personal mindfulness practice
  • Basic mindfulness techniques – learning the stages of the techniques and trying out the techniques.
  • A personal developmental program for the 4 weeks following the introduction course will be suggested, to practice and learn the techniques with activities each day.
  • A workbook is provided which gives a summary of the mindfulness practices, with access to guided audio mindfulness practices, which are provided alongside the textbook:  ‘Mindfulness: a practical guide for finding peace in a frantic world’ by Mark Williams and Danny Penman (2011) Piatkus. The cost of the book ($25.00) is included in the course fees.

Day 2 Teacher Training – Intermediate Course

The evidence-based course is designed to provide participants with some intermediate techniques to develop their own mindfulness practice and to begin to recognise how these techniques may be used in an educational setting to help them cope with stressful and difficult situations as well as the potential to enhance their own performance. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with and explore each mindfulness technique so that they can take these personal skills back to their everyday mindfulness practice.

The course is based on scientific evidence from psychology, education and neuroscience along with the fundamental principles of mindfulness- based cognitive therapy (MBCT); including research with school students and teachers.

The course will cover:

  • Review and expansion of the mindfulness skills and techniques that participants can use in school environments in difficult and stressful situations
  • Learning the stages of the mindfulness techniques and trying out the techniques themselves.
  • A personal developmental mindfulness program, with a workbook, to help cope with difficulties and stress – with activities each day for the 4 weeks following the course and beyond.
  • Consideration of mindfulness courses that can be used with infant, primary and secondary students with an understanding of the potential for linking these mindfulness courses to the NSW school curriculum.

It is useful to bring a mat and a cushion, for the activities we will do on the floor.

Venue

Perth (TBA),
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