INTRODUCTORY MINDFULNESS COURSES FOR SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS, MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK WITH YOUTH, AND OTHERS

AS ACCLAIMED MINDFULNESS TEACHER DR. SAKI SANTORELLI EXPLAINS, "SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE OF OUR CHOSEN FIELD WE ARE SIMULTANEOUSLY CALLED ON TO MAKE AN ACTIVE, ONGOING EFFORT TO WORK WITH OURSELVES INWARDLY IF WE ARE TO ENGAGE IN THE FULL PRACTICE OF OUR PROFESSION." MINDFUL AWARENESS OF SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IS ESSENTIAL TO THEIR OWN WELLBEING AND BURNOUT PREVENTION; IT ALSO DIRECTLY AFFECTS THEIR ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY AND COMPASSIONATELY SERVE THE YOUTH WITH WHOM THEY WORK.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH ALISON TO ORGANIZE A COURSE TO BE OFFERED AT YOUR SCHOOL OR WORKPLACE, PLEASE CONTACT ALISON.

MOST RECENT COURSE OFFERING (Stay tuned for new course information coming soon!) -

CATCH YOUR BREATH:

A 5-session introductory mindfulness course for school staff members and social service professionals who work with youth

Offered by Alison Cohen, Certified Mindfulness Educator, Trainer, and Speaker

DATES: Sunday afternoons             TIME: 3-4:45 pm

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

   Do you want to love your job, but find yourself wondering what you could do to make your worklife more sustainable?

   Do you notice that you "carry" work with you even when you're not there?

   Do you frequently find yourself exhausted after prioritizing everyone else’s needs before your own?

   Have you found yourself wishing that you had more concrete self-care strategies at your disposal that you could use throughout the day? 

I can empathize. 

As a high school teacher, I experienced ALL of the above. Yet once I started practicing mindfulness several years ago, the way I related to my experiences inside and outside of work changed dramatically and for the better...and I began to prioritize self-care. I wondered why no one had taught me mindfulness practices as a child, teenager, or first-year teacher...and so I became trained as a mindfulness teacher, ran a school mindfulness program for teenagers and school staff, and am now focusing on sharing mindfulness with you.

 

Self-care is never a selfish act -- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch." --Parker Palmer 

What is mindfulness and why is learning mindfulness practices beneficial?

Mindfulness refers to paying nonjudgmental attention to whatever arises in your moment-to-moment experience, such as thoughts, feelings, sensations, and the environment around you, so that you can access your ability to replace autopilot reactions with more skillful responses. Decades of research on mindfulness has found that those who practice it (check out these studies on educators and this compilation of research on the benefits of mindfulness for therapists) experience a significant reduction in stress, anxiety, and burnout symptoms; improved focus and attention; an increase in self-compassion and empathy, and other benefits. 

This mini-series will incorporate: 

   guided mindfulness practices that cultivate clarity, perspective, compassion, focus, and balance

   discussion and concrete tips for how to integrate mindfulness into your life inside and outside of work to promote greater wellbeing – to move from surviving to thriving

   mindful communication exercises

   Q & A

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This course will focus on cultivation of personal mindfulness practice, not on how to teach mindfulness to students or cluents; your personal practice will be of benefit to you and them. If you are interested in explicit teaching of mindfulness, cultivation of personal practice is the essential foundation and first step.  

 

What do other social service professionals and educators who have learned mindfulness from Alison have to say? 

"The mindfulness training was huge for me! I found Alison inspiring from a professional and personal perspective. I hope to integrate some of her tips into my personal life and use them to create a more mindful relationship with my clients." 

~ Social service professional who participated in an introductory mindfulness workshop taught by Alison

 

"[Mindfulness] helped improve my patience with students and helped me personally deal with anxiety. It helped in self-care and finding kindness for myself...I am so grateful to Alison for bringing mindfulness into my classroom and my life!"

~Teacher whose tenth grade classes experienced an 8-week mindfulness curriculum taught by Alison

 

"Alison's kindness, warmth, and acceptance have been helpful in itself - the practice has just been extra! Such an important opportunity for social workers and counselors. " 

~ Social worker who took an introductory mindfulness course for mental health professionals who work with youth


COST: Sliding scale $195-250

 (If the cost will for any reason make it difficult for you to participate, email Alison to discuss payment plans and/or limited scholarship opportunities. 

Please pay the max you can afford to support those who need scholarship funding in order to participate.

To register or learn more, email Alison at alison.mindfulchange@gmail.com.