Over 4 consecutive half-days, 20 educators and mental health professionals representing 12 different school communities began a deep dive in learning how to apply mindfulness to their work with youth. Amidst the backdrop of uncertainty facing the upcoming school year, the dedication of this group to wanting to support their students was palpable. While we all missed the energy of in-person contact, the transition to online learning was hugely successful. Evaluations from our participants were stellar. Thanks to Rita, Kristin, and Mary for their skillful facilitation.
This book is a comprehensive instruction manual for how to teach the 8 week mindfulness self-compassion program (MSC) as developed by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. Though not written as a replacement for taking the MSC teacher training program, this book offers a guide to the process and activities that are included in their curriculum. The authors provide information on the clinical importance and scientific studies that undergird their program, along with sensitively worded therapeutic suggestions on how to handle potential pitfalls that may arise for participants during the sessions.
This pilot study evaluated the effect of a 20-week, 90-minute professional teacher development program, Call to Care – Israel for Teachers (C2CIT), on 19 different measures of wellbeing. The program centered on developing caring – receiving care, developing self-care and extending care to others, with the ultimate aim of fostering a community of care in the classroom.
Rita Benn reflects that when we teach about mindfulness to young children, it is helpful to remember the level of their thinking process, and how much they're grappling to understand their own minds and gain clarity.
I was reminded of this from a recent interaction I had with my four-year-old granddaughter, Alice. We were driving in the car when I spotted a person riding his bike in the snowy, 20 degree weather. I commented to her about how brave he was to be riding outside in the cold.