Mindfulness Skills for Educators & Mental Health Professionals:
An Introductory Course for Learning Life-long Practices for Personal and Professional Self-Care
Mindfulness is the natural human capacity to pay attention to the present moment with a sense of wonder and compassion. By using proven, research-based practices to cultivate mindfulness skills, it is possible to improve focus, self-regulate emotions, and improve physical and emotional well being. Mindfulness skills are especially useful to educators and mental health professionals who are struggling to balance the everyday stress of teaching and working with youth and their families and their own personal lives.
This mindfulness training program is designed for school or intervention personnel who are NEW to mindfulness practice. It is adapted from the renowned programs of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, the SMART in Education Program, Cultivating Emotional Balance and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. During the course, participants will engage in discussion, self-reflection and practice to develop skillful habits of mind for their own self-care, as well as insights into how mindfulness affects their teaching and professional interactions with youth. A commitment to attending all 5 classes and engaging in regular practice in between sessions is required for participation.
Instructor: Rita Benn, PhD
Dates: July 31, August 3, August 7, & August 14:
8:30 am – 1 pm
August 10: 8:30 am – 3 pm Location: Eastern Michigan University
Course Fee: Includes course materials, daily parking passes, light breakfasts, lunch on August 10th class
Early Bird Registration (Before July 4): $400
After July 5: $445 Application for Michigan Social Work Continuing Education CE hours and SCHECHS are pending.
Teaching Mindfulness to Youth:
A Two-Day Summer Training Intensive
Effective Techniques for Using Mindfulness Activities in Classroom and Clinical Settings
Designed for professionals with an established practice in mindfulness, this training combines key techniques such as body awareness, mindful breathing, mindful listening, labeling emotions and thoughts, self-compassion, and loving kindness into practical lesson plans and daily activities for children and youth. At the end of the program, participants will be able to implement effective mindfulness activities in both classroom and clinical settings.
The workshop begins with a brief review of experiential techniques followed by learning specific activities for use with elementary and middle school students, including those with special needs. Proven to be successful in youth settings, the activities teach students how to:
• Direct and focus their attention
• Recognize and manage their emotions
• Develop more caring and positive relationships
Participants will practice teaching these activities to each other with supervision and guidance from instructors. Following the workshop, attendees will have access to two hours of virtual group coaching sessions.
Instructors: Mary Spence, PhD & Kristin Ervin, BA
Dates: August 17 & August 18: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Location: Eastern Michigan University
Course Fee: Includes course materials, daily parking passes, a light breakfast and lunch
Early Bird Registration (Before July 4): $225
After July 5: $270
Application for Michigan Social Work Continuing Education CE hours and SCHECHS are pending.
MINDFUL GAMES WORKSHOP FOR PROFESSIONALS and TALK FOR PARENTS:
October 27 - 29, 2016
We were delighted to host Susan Kaiser Greenland where we learned about true and tested mindfulness practices to help reduce stress in our children and cultivate the essential life skills of attention (A), emotional balance (B) and compassion (C). The new "ABC"s! For more information about Susan, click here.
Mindfulness Based Treatment for Youth
Struggling with Substance Abuse
April 15-17, 2016
A diverse group of 19 professionals who work
with adolescents attended the 3-day certification training with Sam Himelstein. It was a superb immersion into the 12-week program he developed. For more about Sam Himelstein's work click here.
Focus on Being:
January 23, 2016
We had a lovely gathering to reflect and practice mindful meditation and
movement with over 80 people present. We took the time to nourish our own practice among supportive community.
Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience
October 23-24, 2015
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Over 200 participants attended this workshop on ways to treat ourselves kindly,
like we would a good friend we care about.
Rather than continually judging and criticizing ourselves, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect human beings. We learned tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. For more information about Kristin Neff's work click here.
Cynthia Canty talks about Mindfulness in Education
Our own board member and co-founder, Dr. Rita Benn, was interviewed recently on a program that aired on October 12, 2015. If you missed it, you can hear it now: click here for the link. Rita, and 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Carl Clark, spoke about the impact of bringing mindfulness into the classroom. Congratulations to Rita and Carl for spreading the word across the state.
Community Book Discussion at Crazy Wisdom
Self-compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
August 21, 2015 at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, Ann Arbor, MI
A community discussion of Kristin Neff's engaging book about how to heal self-criticism and destructive emotional patterns through practices of self-compassion. The feelings of security, self-worth and resilience that come from self-compassion lead to a healthier, happier and more effective approach to life than riding the ups and downs when self-esteem hinges on meeting certain standards.