.b Foundations | 8-Week Mindfulness Course for School Staff
.b Foundations is an 8-week training for teachers who wish to learn the foundations of mindfulness. Delivered in school and designed to be accessible for busy educational professionals. Also well suited for parent groups based at school.
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Initially a one-off taster session for staff is recommended. This introduces the basic principles behind mindfulness, dispelling any myths about it and offering a chance to try out the practice. It also sets out the proven benefits of engaging with mindfulness, along with the proviso that commitment and patience are required.
If a group of staff wish to explore mindfulness further, the eight session .b Foundations training is offered, sitting neatly as a twilight session, delivered in school to optimise staff access.
The training is based on the core mindfulness principles found within the course book Mindfulness, Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Prof. Mark Williams and Danny Penman. However it also comprises the dynamic pedagogy of the .b curriculum.
The training is designed with staff in mind, and the particular challenges they may be familiar with working in educational settings. It offers an alternative to traditional Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses, with shorter sessions and home practice designed to be accessible for busy educational staff.
Support/non-teaching staff are strongly encouraged to participate in the course alongside teachers; we recognising the invaluable role that all members of the school community play in developing a mindful culture.
By the end of the course, participants should be able to use mindfulness to:
- feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
- get on better with others, including students and colleagues
- work more effectively by bringing increased awareness to the process
- increase resilience in the face of stress and difficulties
Staff who develop a regular practice and feel inspired to go on to teach mindfulness to students could then attend a Teach .b or Teach paws .b certification course with the Mindfulness in Schools Project.
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Please contact me to learn more and discuss how .b Foundations can fit into your organisation.
*Course description adapted from mindfulnessinschools.org