Mindfulness, Compassion and Wellbeing: Introduction for Parents

Dates: 5th Feb 201912th Feb 201926th Feb 2019 Time: 5:45pm - 8:45am

Who is this course for?

This course is designed to be an introduction course for parents who are interested in mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing.

This beginner’s course is a good starting point for learning the skills and techniques for the development of a personal mindfulness practice for parents. It will also provide the background understanding of the children's courses based on Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Mindfulness Australia designed and delivers mindfulness and  compassion courses for teachers to teach the Mindfulness Program for Children (4-10 years old)  and Teach .b (11-18 years old). Both of these programs are based on the MBCT program, which has a strong evidence-base and is used as a medical intervention in the National Health Service in the UK.

 

Course Details

SYDNEY  5th 12th & 26th February 2019      5.45pm - 8.45pm

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 young people and adults, with adaptations for parents to use for themselves at work and in the home environment. It is a progressive course where once the mindfulness and compassion skills are developed they can be used to encourage wellbeing and flourishing as well as to help cope with difficulties and stress.

The course will cover:

  • The research evidence behind the mindfulness and compassion program.
  • 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 at work or in the home environment.
  • A personal development program with suggested techniques and activities to learn and to practise each day.
  • Review and expansion of the basic mindfulness 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 techniques and trying out the techniques for themselves.
  • A personal development mindfulness program 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.
  • A workbook is provided which gives a summary of the mindfulness 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, but not compulsory, to bring a mat and a cushion, for the activities we will do on the floor.

Expected Outcomes

After the face-to-face course and  completion of a personal development mindfulness & compassion program.

  • Parents will have developed the skills needed to maintain a 10-15 minute daily, personal mindfulness and compassion practice.
  • Parents will have developed an understanding of how their own personal mindfulness skills can be developed, for their own use.

Progression

After completing the  mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing course for parents, and developing their daily, personal mindfulness practice, parents may wish to continue their professional learning. They can do this via APPs or attending mindfulness sitting groups.