Skill level: Beginners
Time: Online – 20 hours
Scientifically proven material delivered over 4 weeks
Access to class Learning Management System
Downloadable meditations to enjoy on your computer, tablet or smartphone
Discussion Forum for participants to motivate each other and share ideas
Highly experienced Guiding teacher in Education online to answer questions and access assignments
Manual on how to play each of the games included on the course
Certificate of completion: Professional Training in the Applied Use of Mindfulness for 12 – 18 year olds
4 week online training programme,
This is a 20 hour online training course which prepares participants to teach Mindfulness to 12 – 18 year olds. It is an experiential and practical course which firstly focuses on participants’ personal understanding of Mindfulness and the development of their own personal mindfulness practice. Alongside this, it introduces experiential mindfulness activities specifically developed for teenagers which can be slotted into the academic timetable. This course includes an introduction to aspects of Positive Psychology which once combined with Mindfulness obtains deeper and more longer-lasting results.
Each lesson is divided into two distinct parts: the exploration of various facets of Mindfulness from a personal perspective and from the viewpoint of the teenager. Personal Mindfulness practice is introduced from a theoretical and practical perspective which includes personal Mindfulness practice at the end of each session. Each new facet of Mindfulness from a teenager’s perspective is explored by introducing exercises which take between 1 and 5 minutes to practice. On completion of this course you will have the beginnings of your own Mindfulness practice which is an important component when passing on the learning. You will also be in the position to introduce simple mindfulness techniques to teenagers straight away. This course will bring you through each step of the journey from just giving it a go to full training for your school.
The initial lessons focus on cultivating intention, attention and attitude (the 3 axioms of Mindfulness). As the course progresses, teenagers are introduced to the breath as an anchor to handle difficult thoughts and emotions. Finally compassion and self compassion is introduced as a means to develop kindness towards themselves and others.
This is a tutor led course and is carried out online in a user friendly manner – you don’t need to be online at a specific time – you self pace within each week.
This Professional Training in the Applied Use of Mindfulness is aimed at participants who are interested in teaching Mindfulness to 12 – 18 year olds. It will be of particular benefit to secondary teachers, school principals, learning support staff and youth workers. The Irish Mindfulness Institute will provide a Certificate of Attendance as evidence of further professional education.
An extensive body of academic research supports the benefits of mindfulness practice for mental performance, emotional wellbeing, physical health and more. Recent developments from the field of neuroscience show that mindfulness practice produces positive changes in the structure and functioning of the brain.
By incorporating Positive Psychology, you begin to focus more on what is going well in your life – this in turn stimulates the feel good hormones which produce better physical health, more optimism and increased energy. It also increases our capacity to overcome problems and make good use of everything that comes our way.
These are skills you need to keep yourself well and happy physically and emotionally, skills that help you to focus better, skills that help you to create energetic, purposeful and empowering lives for yourselves.
This is a great course. I feel very confident now in introducing Mindfulness to the teenagers in my school. Thank you so much
This course has been an eye opener for me – on a personal level and also in a professional sense. I’m very excited about bringing these skills to my students
This course was very insightful, interesting and practical and as a teacher I have gained confidence in introducing mindfulness in the classroom.
I really enjoyed the course, thanks so much!
This course not only helped me to develop my own personal Mindfulness practice, but also gave me the confidence to begin introducing my love of Mindfulness in the classroom. Thank you so much for a great course.