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Workshops for School Staff

Workshop Topics


Workshop 1: An Introduction to Mindfulness and its relevancy to Social and Emotional Literacy (SEL)

Workshop 1 is a pre-requisite for other workshops. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of mindfulness and its application in their lives and in schools.
  • Understand the differences and similarities between mindfulness and SEL.
  • Be aware of why mindfulness is critical for developing self-awareness, emotional regulation, impulse control, responsible decision-making and the ability to be kind.
  • Understand how mindfulness can be used as a vehicle for trauma sensitivity.

Workshop 2: Understanding the “stress response” and how Mindfulness can decrease it

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the autonomic nervous system.
  • Explain how the brain reacts to the body’s stress response.
  • Identify how the brain is affected by stress.
  • Understand which parts of the brain regulate the stress response.
  • Be able to explain which parts of the brain are positively affected by mindfulness.
  • Comprehend that using mindfulness techniques is a trauma-informed practice.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of three mindfulness-based techniques that regulate the nervous system.

Workshop 3: How Mindfulness enables us to Self-Regulate when Faced with Strong Emotions

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of an emotion.
  • Recognize how sensations can act as a radar/signal for strong emotion.
  • Distinguish between automatic reactions to emotions versus mindful responses to emotions.
  • Demonstrate three mindfulness-based techniques to recognize body sensations and calm strong emotions.

Workshop 4: Being Mindful in School and Classroom Relationships 

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the brain is a social organ and why safe relationships are critical to learning, self-regulation and impulse control.
  • Connect mindfulness, attachment theory, and trauma-informed care to the social and emotional well-being of students.
  • Identify ways that mindfulness strategies can establish connections in the classroom that foster safety and learning.
  • Demonstrate three mindfulness techniques to establish safe and trusting relationships in the classroom.
  • Demonstrate a mindfulness strategy that could be employed in an interaction with a peer or other school staff.

Workshop 5: How Mindfulness Nurtures Resiliency

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand how mindfulness techniques can rewire the human brain for positivity.
  • Create practical classroom protocols to emphasize strengths-based classroom management techniques.
  • Identify strategies for self-care and self-compassion.
  • Demonstrate three mindfulness techniques to build positive neuroplasticity in the brain.

 

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