Who is this course for?
/NESA CODES: TTMCWIntro and TTMCWInter NESA STANDARDS: 6.2.2 6.3.2
This course is designed to be the first course for teachers in a mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing training pathway.
This beginner’s course is a good starting point for learning the skills and techniques for the development of a personal mindfulness practice for teachers, youth workers and parents.
It forms part of the spiralling mindfulness and compassion school curriculum.
It is a pre-requisite for teaching mindfulness to others, as recommended by the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses.
SYDNEY Introduction - 8th March 2018 Intermediate - 19th March 2018
TIME: 9.00am- 4.30pm
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, youth workers and parents to use for themselves in the classroom and in the home environment. On Day 2 more advanced techniques and activities are practised that can encourage wellbeing and flourishing as well as to help cope with difficulties and stress.
This teacher training course forms the first stage of the spiralling mindfulness and compassion school curriculum training pathway.
Day 1: Introduction Course will cover:
- The research evidence behind the mindfulness and compassion program for teachers, youth workers, parents and students.
- The facilities /conditions needed to develop a daily personal mindfulness practice.
- Basic mindfulness techniques – learning the stages of the techniques and trying the techniques for use in school or home environments.
- A personal development program for the 4 weeks following the introduction course with suggested techniques and activities to learn and to practise each day.
Day 2: Intermediate course will cover:
- Review and expansion of the basic mindfulness and compassion skills and techniques that participants can use in school or home environments to encourage wellbeing and to use in difficult and stressful situations.
- Learning the stages of new, more advanced, mindfulness and compassion techniques and trying out the techniques for themselves.
- A personal development mindfulness and compassion program for the 4 weeks following the intermediate course with suggested techniques and activities to learn and to practise each day, to help cope with difficulties and stress.
- Consideration of follow-on 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.
- A guidebook is provided which gives a summary of the mindfulness and compassion practices and techniques, with access to guided audio mindfulness practices, that are provided alongside a 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 is included in the course fees.
It is useful to bring a mat and a cushion, for the activities we will do on the floor.
THIS COURSE DOES NOT QUALIFY PARTICIPANTS TO TEACH OTHER TEACHERS OR STUDENTS THE BEGINNERS MINDFULNESS AND COMPASSION PROGRAM. THE TRAINING IS FOR THE
DEVELOPMENT OF A PERSONAL MINDFULNESS AND COMPASSION PRACTICE WHICH IS THE FIRST STEP IN ANY SPECIALIST MINDFULNESS TEACHING THAT IS DELIVERED IN AN EDUCATIONAL SETTING.
- Develop an understanding of how to use a 4-week follow-up personal development mindfulness and compassion program.
- To practise and learn the basic techniques and skills, with activities each day.
- Develop an understanding of how to use a more advanced 4-week follow-up personal development mindfulness and compassion program.
- To practise and learn the more advanced techniques and skills, with activities each day.
After the 8- week personal development mindfulness and compassion program.
- Teachers will have developed the skills needed to maintain a 10-15 minute daily, personal mindfulness and compassion practice.
- Teachers will have developed an understanding of how their own personal mindfulness skills can be developed, for their use, professionally within a classroom and school setting.
- Teachers have the pre-requisites for the Advanced teacher training: mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing programs, which develop and expand personal practice along with mindfulness classroom skills.
- Teachers have the pre-requisites for the syllabus training programs where they learn the skills to teach mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing courses to students from 4-18 years old.
Overall Outcomes of the 2-day Combined Course and the 8-week Personal Development Program
Teachers will have:
- Updated knowledge and practice of mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing.
- Understanding of how mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing can be developed. professionally within a classroom and school setting.
- Understanding of research evidence that supports mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing training for teachers and students.
- The confidence to practise basic mindfulness techniques and skills in order to use their own mindfulness skills as part of a personal daily practice.
- The confidence to apply their own personal mindfulness and compassion practice in their classroom teaching to support their wellbeing.
- Understanding of the skills and techniques that can be used to engage with colleagues in activities, discussions and feedback to develop an understanding of the training pathway, beginning with the personal mindfulness and compassion practice of the teacher or youth worker, that can be developed professionally, to support the learning of the students.