10-month training for psychotherapists and educators with prior experience with mindfulness practice, and prior experience working with children professionally. Trainees will develop understanding of, and skill in sharing, developmentally appropriate mindfulness practice with children and youth 3-years old through teens. The training includes study, practicum, professional mentoring, and dynamic professional exchange between participants in this emerging field. 40 CEUs are offered for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs and nurses. The training includes a daylong at Spirit Rock Center entitled Mindfulness in Child Psychotherapy and Education, (which can be taken separately), and 10 monthly Saturday morning sessions, practicum, and 6 mentoring sessions. At completion trainees will have learned 75 developmentally appropriate practices, that can be used as interventions, or as curricula with children preschool age through teens.
Four majors themes form the foundation of the certification training:
·The foundations of mindfulness in Buddhist thought & practice Mindfulness itself is a faculty of the human heart/mind. Although mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist thought and practice, as a human capacity it does not belong to any specific culture or tradition. We will look at the way Buddhist traditions have mapped human qualities, capacities and challenges. This training will relate these qualities and capacities to child and teen development, toward mapping the developmental timing of their emergence, strengthening and maturation in children. We will also explore the ways these emerging qualities and capacities may become blocked or distorted, and the ways mindfulness and related practices may help children recover these qualities and capacities.
·The potential of mindfulness to support development of a secure base
The program will also rely on the work of attachment theorists, who speak about the importance of a child’s relationship with his or her parents and the formation of a secure base. Our experience is that mindfulness, applied mindfulness and related practices support the development of a secure base experience in children and teens. As such, these practices can be helpful in unveiling, strengthening and maturing positive qualities and inner resources in children, such as loving-kindness, empathy, compassion, and equanimity.
·Reflection on child development theorists and mindfulness practice with children and teens - The program will also explore the perspectives of a number of developmental theorists on child development and a child’s developing sense of self, as they relate to sharing mindfulness and related practices with children. Theorists will include developmental psychologists Bowlby, Neufeld, Piaget, Bandura, Ainsworth, Winnicott, Vygotsky, and Erickson, as well as educational theorists Steiner, Montessori, and Reggio together with others that participants bring into the discussion.
·The ability of mindfulness to strengthen executive function
The set of human capabilities referred to as, executive function is important in both education and in clinical contexts. Research is showing that mindfulness activates the pre-frontal cortex and strengthens various associated aspects of executive function. We will review this literature in light of child development stages and developmentally appropriate mindfulness practices.
This Training is endorsed by Guy Armstrong, Governing Teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and Guiding Teacher, Insight Meditation Society.
CEs for our professionals training for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS). For questions about CE contact, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 763-3576.
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Dear Interested Mental Health Professionals and Teachers,
Marin Mindfulness Institute Professional Certification Training, is a cohort model. There are will be a maximum of 12 participants in each of 2 cohort groups and we expect the training to fill.
Registration is available now, the trainings will fill on a first come first served basis for qualified applicants. People who register by September 30th will receive a 10% discount. CEUs will be available for this program, for psychologists, MFTs, MFCCs, LCSWs and Nurses.
I would like to give you some details about the program. We will meet on Saturday mornings the third Saturday of each month starting in October. The Saturday meeting time will be 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM at the Community Wellness Center at 751 Center Blvd. Fairfax, 94930. The program will continue through till August 2014.
The first Saturday of the program will be a daylong session on October 12th at Spirit Rock Center taught by Gary Buck PhD and Lesley Grant ECD. This training session will be from 9:30AM- 5:00PM and will include participants in the daylong from the larger Spirit Rock Community. Our training group will gather together for part of the lunch break, we will meet on the lawn in front of Spirit Rock and find a shady location to sit. So bring a bag lunch.
After the Spirit Rock Daylong session we will meet on the second Saturday of each month through August the 16th 2014.Each morning session, will include one and a half hours of instruction, and one half hours of individual trainees presentations of case examples, of the use of mindfulness with clients, or practice teaching of mindfulness. Each trainee will have approximately 10 minutes in each Saturday's session to present or share challenges or questions that have come up, in sharing mindfulness with children, parents, or teens. In this way, the Saturday morning monthly sessions, will be a dynamic opportunity for professional exchange and inspiration, facilitated by program teachers. There will also be reading assignments between monthly Saturday sessions. Trainees will be asked to keep a journal of reflections on the applications, of what we read together, to their professional engagement with mindfulness practice.
During the first three months of training the emphasis will be on developing a deep understanding of the naturally emergent positive qualities of children in each developmental age group, and how mindfulness and applied mindfulness practice can support children of each age, to access their age appropriate inner resources and positive qualities.
To do this we will look at overviews of certain developmental and educational theorists Piaget, Erickson, Maslow, Bowlby, Vygotsky, Bandura,Winnicott, and some lesser known theorists such as Gordon Neufeld, we will also look at the theories of Rudolf Steiner, Marie Montessori, and Reggio Emilia educational theories, and other perspectives participants bring into the discussion. We will explore what various perspectives on development indicate about teaching mindfulness to children of each age and what practices might seem likely to be effective from various perspectives.
We will also reflect from the perspective of these theorists on what happens when innate positive qualities become veiled or stunted and how mindfulness might support children’s access to and maturation of children’s inner resources.
We will also look at the anecdotal experience of professionals in the field. And teachers in the training will share case studies of challenging clients and students. Relevant readings will be given as handouts, and there will be approximately one book to read between each monthly session.
We will learn, and will practice, teaching effective mindfulness curriculum for each age group, with each other, in the Saturday sessions. We will also study and reflect on the teaching methods of leaders in the field.
During the second three months of training the emphasis will be focused on adapting the methods of teaching mindfulness for children with certain challenges and with special needs. We will also explore cross-cultural issues in teaching mindfulness, and we will look at how mindfulness can help with particular social challenges, from bullying to social anxiety.
We will also explore parent mindfulness practice, and the role it may play in helping to prevent child abuse, and in supporting positive parenting. Readings from professionals in the field will be offered, and I will offer some of the parent curriculum I have developed over the years, that we will not have a chance to cover in the summer training. We will discuss introducing parent to the idea of children’s mindfulness practice and how to encourage their support.
We will delve into the common challenges that arise for children and teens and will explore the challenges of teaching mindfulness to specific groups of children with special needs.
Teachers in the training will share some of our most challenging experiences teaching mindfulness and the methods we have found effective with these children and teens. We will study what leaders in the field, have written about sharing practice with children who have experienced trauma, who experience depression, anxiety disorders ADHD autistic spectrum disorder and other special needs. Also, during this segment of the training, trainees will develop the curriculum they wish to teach in their practicum with the children, and will receive feedback from their program mentor, about the curriculum and its appropriateness for the age group the trainee intends to teach.
During the final three months of the training in addition to Saturday meetings, there will be a practicum in one or more of the 6 ongoing mindfulness education groups for children at Marin mindfulness and a six-week field practicum. The Marin Mindfulness practicums will include practice teaching and feedback in one of the following groups: a teen mindfulness group, for teens with ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders and other special needs, Girl's Mindfulness and Leadership Skills Group (for 10 to 14 year olds), Elementary School Age Mindfulness Group (for 5 to 8 year olds), Elementary School Mindfulness Group (for 9 to 12 year olds), Pre-K Mindfulness Group and or a Parent's Mindfulness and Inquiry Group. Options for practicum times include: Mondays 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM or 6:30 PM to 8 PM or Fridays 4 PM to 5:30 PM or day mornings 9 AM to 10:30 AM. Practicum can be arranged according to your schedule needs.
During the six week practicum at Marin Mindfulness trainees will have the opportunity, to both observe seasoned mindfulness professionals teaching children or teens, and to practice teaching mindfulness curriculum for children, and to receive feedback from training teachers. Trainees will also receive 6 mentoring sessions during the training. In addition, trainees will do a field practicum in their own professional setting or in a setting arranged with the help of their program mentor. We expect that for most trainees the field practicum will simply be, applying the methods learned in the training to their own professional setting.
Pre-requisites for the training are a mental health professional’s license or a teaching certification, 4 year’s mindfulness practice background experience and a minimum of 2 years full time of 4 years part-time experience working with children.
The 10-month training including the daylong session at Spirit Rock, 10 Saturday sessions, 6 mentoring sessions, guided reading, 6-week practicum and certification, will cost $2,200. Limited financial assistance is available for those who need it. Significant scholarships are available for those who work with low income at risk children and youth. A $700 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space in the training is due by September 30th. The remaining $1,500 tuition will be due on the first day of the training in October. Payment plans, and limited financial aid are available for those who need it. People who register by September 30th will receive a 10% discount. There will be an additional charge for CEUs. For more information or to register email us at email@example.com
The Mindfulness Institute is located in Fairfax, CA call( 415) 451-8175 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org