‘I have more space in my brain now for to learn things, just because I’ve calmed it down by learning mindfulness' McAvoy S. (2017)
Impacts of a 6 week Workplace Mindfulness Training course on the mental wellbeing and retention of Further Education learners
EIS Funded Action Research Paper 2017
Mindfulness can be seen as - knowing what is happening, while it is happening, no matter what it is (Nairn 2010). These four characteristics are important also: mindfulness involves an open awareness of inner states and experiences, information processing becomes non-judgemental, focus is on present moment experience and finally mindfulness is an inherent human capacity that varies between people and across situations.
Cearcall currently offers four curriculum based mindfulness training courses. Three courses are adaptations of the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course developed at Oxford University. One course, ML.MT has been developed by Susan and Billy McGoldrick especially for teachers.
The Workplace Mindfulness Training (WorkplaceMT) course is specifically designed to meet the needs of those in the workplace. However, it is also a good introduction to the skills of mindfulness for anyone keen to deal with stress or enhance their wellbeing.
Mindful Learning.Mindful Teaching (ML.MT) is a course for teachers & lecturers wishing to learn mindfulness themselves and teach in their classrooms.
Both the (dot) .b and the Paws b courses were developed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP).
.b is aimed at young people within in an educational setting, aged between 12 and 18.
Paws b. is aimed at children within an educational setting, aged between 7 and 11.
Mindfulness has been described as - knowing what is happening, while it is happening, without judgement. It is a meditation practice but importantly this evidence based mindfulness training is adapted specifically for the needs of the workplace.
Mindfulness training can transform working life. It can enhance performance, resilience and job satisfaction as well as deliver large savings by reducing days lost at work due to stress, anxiety and depression.
Mindfulness at work training gives your team the flexibility to respond with clarity and confidence to the demands and uncertainties of business life.
Unlike most mindfulness teaching approaches, Workplace Mindfulness Training (WorkplaceMT) is an evidence informed approach to teaching mindfulness at work which has been specifically developed for the workplace.
The WorkplaceMT course emerged from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) and is an evidence informed approach which has been evaluated, researched and refined over four years. It is based on the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course developed at OMC specifically for people with long-term recurring depression. The robust standardised programme is specifically designed for the workplace ie. delivered in 1 hour over 6 weeks rather 2 hours over 8 weeks
Again research shows that adopting a mindfulness training programme can yield a number of benefits for employees, leaders & the whole organisation. Organisational challenges can fall in to 5 areas:
1. Developing leadership capability 2. Change & organisational transformation
3. Increasing employee engagement
4. Improving employee performance
5. Improving employee wellbeing
The Mindful Learning.Mindful Teaching (ML.MT) course has been designed for educators and professionals who want to integrate mindful practices and mindsets into their learning environments. ML.MT is a flexible course that can be bespoke to a wide range of settings, such as education. It is designed to introduce key concepts and core practices of mindfulness and compassion first and foremost for the educators as individuals. However, simultaneously course participants are learning how to deliver mindful practices in their classrooms or educational settings.
The course can run over a period of approx. 12 weeks with pre-course preparation work to do (watching videos, reflecting on intention & motivation for doing the ML.MT course), four face to face sessions with a gap week in the middle and finally after a 3-4 week gap - a reflective session sharing good practice with some silent practice and gifting of certificates. Building a strong, supportive mindfulness community with your school or setting is a core strand of the ML.MT course.
If you are in the public or private sector and would like to introduce mindfulness into your professional setting while developing your social and emotional skills then get in touch to discuss your bespoke course.
Paws b [pause & b] is a leading mindfulness curriculum for children aged 7 -11 in schools. Paws bwas developed in 2012 by MiSP, Tabitha Sawyer and Rhian Roxburgh, teachers at Ysgol Pen Y Bryn and Sarah Silverton, a senior mindfulness teacher and trainer with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in Wales.
The lessons are flexible and varied and can be taught as six, one hour lessons, or twelve 30 minute lessons. Learning from all of the lessons is encouraged to be connected to other aspects of the school curriculum where and when appropriate, such as music, sport, art, drama, queuing to come into the classroom, school and residential trips, to name just a few possibilities.
Each Paws b lesson (six one-hour lessons, or twelve 30-minute lessons) is expertly crafted for use in the classroom to teach a distinct mindfulness skill.
Lesson One – Our Amazing Brain
Lesson Two – Making Choices.
Lesson Three – Puppy Training
Lesson Four – Everyday Mindfulness
Lesson Five – Noticing The Wobble
Lesson Six – Finding A Steady Place
Lesson Seven – Working With Difficulty
Lesson Eight – Choosing Your Path
Lesson Nine – The Storytelling Mind
Lesson Ten – Stepping Back
Lesson Eleven – Growing Happiness
Lesson Twelve – The Yum Factor
.b, pronounced [dot-be], is the UK’s leading mindfulness curriculum for 11-18 year olds in schools. .bstands for ‘stop and be’, a simple practice at the heart of this ten lesson course.
Each .b lesson (between 40 minutes and 1 hour) is expertly crafted for use in the classroom to teach a distinct mindfulness skill.
The .b materials are designed to engage even the most sceptical of young minds.
Each .b lesson is expertly crafted for use in the classroom to teach a distinct mindfulness skill.
An Introduction to Mindfulness
Lesson One – Playing Attention.
Lesson Two – Taming the Animal Mind
Lesson Three –Recognising Worry
Lesson Four –Being Here Now
Lesson Five –Moving Mindfully
Lesson Six –Stepping Back
Lesson Seven –Befriending the Difficult
Lesson Eight –Taking in the Good
Lesson Nine –Pulling it all Together