Mindful Teaching: An Experiential 8-Week Course for Youth-Serving Professionals Syllabus


WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS AND THE BENEFITS OF A PERSONAL PRACTICE

  • Mindfulness as an individual and relational practice

  • Benefits to mindfulness

  • Introduction to the neuroscience of mindfulness

  • Engaging in compassionate listening

WEEK 2: QUALITY OF LIFE IS DETERMINED BY THE FOCUS OF OUR ATTENTION

  • Mindful Movement

  • Mindfulness practices: Awareness through the senses

  • Exploring resistance to pain

WEEK 3: EMBODIMENT

  • Mindful Eating

  • Exploring stress and how it manifests in the body  

  • Body Scan

WEEK 4: EXPLORING THE INTERNAL LANDSCAPE

  • Uncovering negative self-talk and positive self-talk

  • Exploring reassurances

WEEK 5: RETURNING TO PRESENCE

  • Exploring identification with the conditioned mind

  • Learning how to dis-identify from the conditioned mind

  • Research: Neuroplasticity

  • Introduction to reflective listening

WEEK 6: INTEGRATION - BRINGING YOUR LIFE INTO YOUR PRACTICE

  • Mindful Walking

  • Practicing reflective listening

  • Exploring survival strategies & coping mechanisms

  • Uncovering unmet needs

WEEK 7: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

  • Exploring the practice of loving-kindness

  • Developing intentions

  • Introduction to personal retreat

WEEK 8: CELEBRATING OUR WHOLENESS

  • Exploring gratitude as a practice

  • Reviewing tools and practices

HOMEWORK:

20 CEUs are awarded to participants who complete the following:

  • Attend at least 6 out of the 8 classes

  • Complete all homework and submit make-up assignments for any missed classes

  • Complete the final project

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