Professional Training in the Applied use of Mindfulness for 7 – 11 year olds

Programme designed to train you in incorporating Mindfulness into your Primary School or Youth Organisation

 

Content: 4 Week Interactive Online Programme

Skill level: Beginners

Time: Online – 20 hours

Includes:

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 7 – 11 year olds

Course Dates

25th September – 22nd October 2017

(Online training with podcasts, video links & more)

4 week online training programme,

Cost €249

Pay by Subscription (2 x €125)

Course Description

This is a 20 hour online training course which prepares participants to teach Mindfulness to 7-11 year olds. It has a strong emphasis on experiential learning both in the games and fun activities introduced while also focusing on participants’ personal understanding of Mindfulness and the development of their own personal mindfulness practice.

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 child. 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 child’s perspective is explored by introducing games and exercises which take between 1 and 5 minutes to practice. On completion of this course you will have a good understanding of what Mindfulness is coupled with having the beginnings of your own Mindfulness practice which is an important component to passing on the learning. You will also be in the position to introduce simple mindfulness techniques to children 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, children 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.

Please note the course is open for a further two weeks after the end date should you require extra time to finish the course

Who is this course aimed at?

This Professional Training in the Applied Use of Mindfulness is aimed at participants who are interested in teaching Mindfulness to 7 – 11 year olds. It will be of particular benefit to primary 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.

Research

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.

What makes the Professional Training in the Applied Use of Mindfulness for 7- 11 year olds unique?

  • Tuition on how to impart the gift of Mindfulness to 7 – 11 year olds is delivered in a flexible manner online
  • Our methods are based around games and fun in order to increase engagement and learning of the skills
  • In understanding the current workloads of teachers and youth workers, our methods can be slotted into current classroom timetables seamlessly
  • We provide you with tuition on developing your own Mindfulness practice and self-care
  • Our guiding Mindfulness in Education teacher is highly experienced in bringing Mindfulness to this age group

What are the requirements?

  • It is important for you to be able to find the time to do your own Mindfulness practice during the course – this aspect of the course will require a commitment of approximately 15 to 30 minutes a day
  • Each week you are required to complete a short assignment (approx 150 words) recapping on your learning

Curriculum

Week 1
  • What is Mindfulness? – tools to explain this to children
  • Intention, Attention & Attitude – the practice of paying attention to the present moment
  • Overcoming rejections & resistance
  • Engaging in your own daily practice
  • Week 2
    • Neurobiology of Mindfulness
    • The mind/body connection
    • The Body Scan
    • Engaging in your own daily practice
    • Week 3
      • Cultivating gratitude
      • Handling difficult thoughts and emotions
      • Mindfulness of relationships
      • Engaging in your own daily practice
      • Week 4
        • Neuroscience and Empathy
        • Kindness to self and others
        • Engaging in your own daily practice
        • Testimonials

          This course has been a very good experience for me. I really enjoy the loving kindness meditation and I believe it is a wonderful gift we are giving our children. Thank you. Feeling grateful!!!

          Patricia Lynch - participant on November 2016 course

          I have really enjoyed this course and I look forward to continuing my mindfulness practice. Also, when I start my new job in the New Year I really hope I will be able to introduce mindfulness into my classroom.

          Maria Doherty - participant on November 2016 course

          I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the course and already feel the benefits that it is having. I am looking forward to building mindfulness into my classroom practise and making it part of my day to day life.

          Sophie Hulme - participant on November 2016 course

          Wow I can’t believe how quickly the 4 weeks have gone! I have certainly developed and improved my mindfulness practice and am much more aware of myself. Thank you so much.

          Catrin Aubrey - participant on November 2016 course

          I have really enjoyed taking part in this course, I have learnt a lot about myself as a person and look forward to teaching my co-workers and the children in the schools all that I have learnt through mindfulness. I feel like this is just the start of my journey! Thank you for such a great course and all the resources that have come along with it.

          Celia Allan - participant on November 2016 course

          Thank you for the course, it has been very informal with wonderful ideas for us to teach to children. I can’t wait to tell them and see their eyes sparkle.

          Silke Michels - participant on November 2016 course

          I have throughly enjoyed every aspect of this course and it has been what I expected and more. I feel like I have grown as a person. I am determined to continue to build on my own practises and to develop them with the children I teach.

          Katharine Ginns - participant on July 2016 course

          I can’t believe that we are here at week 4 already! I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and while technically it may be the end….it really is only the beginning!

          Dara Quirke - participant on November 2016 course
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