Mindfulness and the Brain: Embodying Mindfulness in Education

In this in-depth online course you’ll learn the science and practice of mindfulness, as well as the basics of Interpersonal Neurobiology. You'll be introduced to foundational mindfulness practices and experience directly how they can transform your life. This course is beneficial for anyone who works with children and teens, including educators, parents, counselors, mental health professionals, and health care workers. 


In this course, you'll learn the basics of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Dr. Dan Siegel's pioneering field of study, including basic brain anatomy, development, and function. You'll learn the latest scientific research on mindfulness practices and gain both a theoretical and experiential understanding of the brain-body connection. You'll be introduced to foundational mindfulness practices and directly experience how they can transform your life. You'll build attentional skills, cultivate acceptance, bring awareness to the inner critic, learn compassion, and practice relational mindfulness skills. We’ll focus on how mindfulness can transform your life, your relationships, and your work with youth.


  • Reduce stress, learn to self-nurture, and regulate emotions
  • Reinforce student engagement, intrinsic motivation, and positive school climate
  • Gain awareness of the effects that trauma has on the developing brain
  • Employ brain-friendly strategies in your work
  • Strengthen empathy and compassion
  • Enhance communication and trust
  • Strengthen the brain’s executive function to develop attention, higher-order processing, cognitive flexibility, and creative problem-solving
  • Help with anxiety, trauma, sensory integration, and ADHD

Continuing education Credit

  • Coursework qualifies for 1 graduate/undergraduate credit from Portland State University, and/or 12 CEU clock hours 
  • Certificate of training hours provided


This course teaches foundational mindfulness skills for adults to strengthen their own understanding of mindfulness and deepen their work with youth in a variety of settings. However, this course does not certify participants as Peace in Schools instructors or allow participants to teach proprietary material from the Peace in Schools curriculum. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming teacher certification program.

$250 online course + $60 optional course credit


your teachers:

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Caverly Morgan

Caverly Morgan is the founding director of Peace in Schools. She leads the Peace in Schools teaching team, develops our mindfulness curricula, and works directly with teens. Caverly has been practicing mindfulness since 1995, including eight years in a monastic setting. Caverly brings insight, passion and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages.

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Christine Downs

Christine Downs, MEd, teacher, artist, yoga and mindfulness practitioner, just completed a semester co-teaching the Mindful Studies course at Portland’s Wilson High School. A special education teacher for many years, Christine taught students identified as having social‐emotional, behavioral, and/or learning challenges. Christine also enjoyed 15 years teaching and mentoring special educators in training in PSU’s Graduate School of Education. In 2013 Christine began instructing the IPNB course, Learning and the Brain for PSU, and returned to teaching K-12 students as a substitute teacher.