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Mindfulness in Schools Project and UCSD present
Teach .b Certification

Faculty: Kevin Hawkins, James Gibbs, Lorraine M. Hobbs and Doug Worthen

July 18-21, 2013 • Francis Parker High School, San Diego, CA

Group rates available for groups of 3 or more

.b [dot-be], is the name for the range of courses created by the Mindfulness in Schools Project, a non-profit organization whose aim is to encourage, support and research the teaching of secular mindfulness in schools www.mindfulnessinschools.org.

At the most simple level, .b for Teens is an awareness-raising exercise to give all students a taste of mindfulness so that they know about it and can return to it later in life if they choose to do so. However, for many pupils the course can lead to immediate and striking results: they feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled; they can concentrate better; they have a toolkit to deal with stress and anxiety.

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The .b for Teens curriculum is a set of nine lessons, each teaching a distinct mindfulness skill, and designed to do so in a way which engages young minds. The lessons typically include a brief presentation by the teacher with the help of lively, youth-friendly visuals, film and sound images, and practical exercises and demonstrations to make the ideas vivid and relevant to their lives.

Putting mindfulness in a relevant context motivates students to become still and allows the teacher to lead them in some short practices – for example learning to sit still and watch the breath, be aware of different parts of the body, walk mindfully or become more aware of how the body feels under stress. It will typically end with an invitation to do some brief practices at home during the week. The whole course is supported by a student handbook. MiSP trainers James Gibbs and Kevin Hawkins will join UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness Director of Youth and Family Programs Lorraine Hobbs in delivering the 4-Day Teach .b Certification course to the West Coast for the first time. Intended for teachers who wish to ultimately deliver the .b for Teens curriculum in the classroom, the teachers will convey real-time lessons, examples of pedagogy, and discuss teaching experiences from across the U.S. as well as the UK and Europe.

Participants will receive:

  • Student booklet
  • Teaching manual
  • 9 Lesson plans
  • PowerPoint lesson files
  • Supporting audio and video files
  • Access to regular updates to the lessons and research
  • Listing as a Certified MiSP .b teacher on this website

Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participants should be able to:

  • Teach the curriculum and core tasks for each of the nine group sessions of .b
  • Demonstrate the skills and perspectives necessary to facilitate the .b curriculum in the classroom
  • Articulate the vital importance of the teacher's ongoing mindfulness meditation practice and sustained mindful awareness
  • Exhibit confidence in leading mindfulness practices with young people and explaining concepts taught in the .b curriculum

Registration

This course is non-residential. Candidates who meet the Participant Guidelines described below are invited to register and submit a brief application essay describing their qualifications and experience relative to those guidelines. This essay should be submitted via email to mindfulness@ucsd.edu .

Target Audience

MiSP’s .b Teacher Training is a 4-day certification course for those who have an established mindfulness practice (see participant guidelines below), and want to teach the course in their classrooms or other settings.

Participant Guidelines

The .b curriculum, as with all the main mindfulness programs, is expected to be taught only by those who regularly practice mindfulness themselves. Teachers are required to complete at least the equivalent of an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course or the .b Foundation Course in order to take this Teach .b Certification course.

Teachers also need to practice mindfulness themselves on a regular basis. Research shows clearly that mindfulness is more effective when taught by those who embody the particular qualities it develops, such as open-minded curiosity, kindliness, acceptance, trust, patience, and non-striving, and who have skills of focusing, and paying and switching attention.

If you have not yet taken an 8-week MBSR course (or equivalent) and there is sufficient demand in your school, you can ask a .b trainer to come and run a .b Foundation course on-site, or to conduct a briefer “in-service” presentation to foster interest in an 8-week program. If this interests you, please contact:

Lorraine Hobbs
Director of Youth and Family Programs
UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92122-0980
mindfulness@ucsd.edu

Needs Assessment

The utilization of mindfulness with youth in school settings is a burgeoning area of study and practice. The number of research articles, books and popular press articles on the topic is growing exponentially each year and the demand for quality professional training in these practices and techniques is growing. There are currently more than 300 .b- certified teachers based in the UK, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Additionally, translations of the course in Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, and more are in process.

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness    •   5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 200    •   San Diego, CA 92122-0980
 Phone: (858) 334-4631    •   Fax: (858) 334-4601    •   E-mail: mindfulness@ucsd.edu     •   Website: mindfulness.ucsd.edu

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