MPC1: Program for Children 1 (4-6 years old)

Dates: 25th November, 24th February, Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm

Mindfulness programs for children – Syllabus Training

MPC1: Mindfulness Program for Children 1 (4-6 years old)

2-Day training: Part A and Part B (there needs to be at least 2 months between these).

The 3 months between Part A and Part B allow for the development of a daily personal mindfulness practice before the completion of Part B.

Part A

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for teachers who would like to:

  • teach infant students (4-6 years old) some basic mindfulness techniques,
  • to help the students to develop their own mindfulness daily practice
  • to help the students to recognise how these techniques may be used in a classroom setting or at home.

The pre-requisites for this course are the development of a personal mindfulness practice and  full attendance at the 8-session mindfulness-based course – Mindfulness in a Frantic World.

If the participant has completed MBCT or MBSR training – they need to attend the Intermediate Frantic World course which is delivered the day before the MPC1-Part A training, unless they have completed MPC training on a previous course.

Why do this course?

Teachers can learn to teach a comprehensive, progressive mindfulness program to young children so that they can develop their own toolkit of mindfulness skills suited to their age group.

The MPC series of courses has been developed from the MBCT programs for adults which have a strong evidence base. Pilot studies of MPC have shown that most children enjoy the program and learn how to regulate their emotions and appreciate their lives in a positive manner.

During this course teachers:

  • Consider the key features of MPC1 and learn how to train children to use mindfulness techniques within a classroom and school setting
  • Participate in learning how to teach infant students MPC1, which is a 9 week program with short daily mindfulness practices that the pupils can practise for the whole year.
  • Understand how MPC1 can be used alongside the NSW school curriculum.

The course, which is appropriate to infants (4-5 year olds), also has direct links to the NSW school curriculum, thus allowing teachers to encourage the development of the expected mindfulness skills whilst still fulfilling the requirements of the standards in the NSW school curriculum. Several of these standards can be developed through the medium of MPC 1 (4-6 years old).

Details of the course

The course is based on psychology, education and neuroscience along with the fundamental principles of mindfulness- based cognitive therapy (MBCT). It is a progressive program with each lesson building upon the previous lessons.

The course will cover:

  • Review of the basic mindfulness skills and techniques that teachers can use for themselves in the classroom
  • Discussion of the mindfulness skills and techniques that infant students can use in school and home environments
  • Review and discussion of the facilities and conditions needed to teach the infant mindfulness program in the classroom.
  • Understanding and practicing teaching of the 9 basic mindfulness lessons– from the student’s perspective- learning the sequence and content of the techniques and trying out the lessons themselves
  • A teaching workbook is provided which gives a summary of the coherent structure and progressive nature of the 9 mindfulness lessons, so the teacher can go straight into the classroom to teach the program which has been closely linked to the focus and linked outcomes of the NSW School Curriculum.
  • A personal developmental mindfulness program for the children that they can practice mindfulness each day in the classroom and at home.

Expected Outcomes

  • Clear understanding of the aims and objectives of each lesson and how the mindfulness practices with the children relate to the teacher’s personal practice.
  • Readiness to use the course material, in the form of a workbook, straight away in the classroom
  • Understanding of how the 9 week MPC1 relates to the NSW school curriculum.
  • Appreciation of the role of a daily mindfulness practice for both teachers and children.

Part B

Attendance at Part B is at least 3 months later than Part A so the teachers have had time to teach the course to at least one group of children.

Who is this course for?

Those teachers who have already completed the Introduction, Intermediate and MPC1-PartA mindfulness training courses.  These teachers will be willing to discuss how the MPC1 training worked in the classroom and share good classroom practice with each other. They will need to be able to bring a personal diary, MPC1 lesson by lesson evaluation and other material for supervision.

Why do this course?

  • The conclusion of this section of the course will allow for completion of the MPC1 mindfulness training course with the understanding and experience of how to teach a mindfulness-based course to young children.
  • To learn to provide the opportunity for young children to learn a set of mindfulness skills that they can use in their daily lives.
  • To learn some other techniques for fulfilling the focus and linked outcomes, in a range of subject areas including English and Maths, in the NSW school curriculum.
  • To learn how to support other mindfulness teachers with peer-led supervision as part of the Good Practice Guidelines.

Details of this course

The main component of the course is to review how the training of  infant children to use mindfulness techniques within a classroom and school setting works in practice.

This course will offer the following:

  • Review and evaluation of the infant teaching program which participants will have implemented in the classroom after attending the Mindfulness Program for Children Part A (MPC1-A)
  • Make available the opportunities for the sharing of good practice in the teaching of MPC1.
  • Exploration and encouragement with the supervision of the participants, as they show the material gathered during their first teaching of MPC1.
  • Suggested methods for carrying out peer supervision of the mindfulness teaching in their schools.
  • The teachers will build on their experience of teaching and understanding the contents and progression of the program and how each lesson builds upon the previous lesson in order to develop a coherent training program.

Expected Outcomes

  • The course is designed to provide teachers with the confidence, experience and understanding of a mindfulness training program for young children (4-6 years old)
  • Feel comfortable teaching infant children (4-6 years old) some basic mindfulness techniques, to help them develop their own daily mindfulness practice and to recognise how these techniques may be used in a classroom setting, in the school or at home.
  • Clearly understand the links between the MPC1 mindfulness training program and the NSW school curriculum.
  • The teachers will also learn how to carry out peer supervision of other teachers to help maintain their mindfulness teacher status along with the long – term sustainability, quality and integrity in their continued teaching of MPC1.
  • Complete the prerequisites for teaching the Infant Mindfulness syllabus/curriculum: MPC1

Venue

Wenona School,
176 Walker Street,
Sydney,
NSW 2060

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