Children and teenagers

There are now many mindfulness programs available for young people of all ages. Research is in the early stages, but is promising in terms of reducing depression and anxiety, and enhancing resilience and emotional regulation. 1 

 

Mindfulness at home

Jon Kabat-Zinn suggests that one of the best ways to introduce mindfulness to our children and teenagers, is to practise it ourselves. Transformation of their stress may be greatly helped by us attending to our own reactivity and anxiety about them!  Also, there are also some helpful books, CDs and programs that you may want to explore with your kids. Circle of Security Parenting (integrated with mindfulness training) is very helpful in transforming the way family members relate together, enhancing communication, intimacy and effective discipline in the home.  Here are some websites which may be of help to parents and children:

Mindful Childbirth and Parenting  

Susan Kaiser Greenland

Still Quiet Place

Meditation Capsules

Ed21C - Education for the 21st Century

 

Mindfulness in schools

Brother Mark, Timothea Goddard (Openground), Ange FlanneryOpenground can offer a training pathway for schools to be able to implement mindfulness approaches in the school environment. Engaging the teachers in a course to get the basic theory and practice of mindfulness under their belts will give them eligibility to train in one of the evidence-based quality mindfulness programs for schools now available.  We can also offer in-school programs for children and teens, depending on the location.  Do be in touch. And here are some websites of interest:

Mindful Schools

Association for Mindfulness in Education

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John Berne School in-house 8 week mindfulness training 

Brother Mark, Timothea Goddard (Openground), Ange Flannery at the completion of the 8 week mindfulness course for all staff held in Term 1, 2016.  Watch an inspiring clip about the transformational work of the John Berne School.

 

Mindfulness for teachers

When teachers learn mindfulness, they not only reap personal benefits such as reduced stress and burnout, 2 but their schools do as well. In randomised controlled trials, teachers who learned mindfulness reported greater efficacy in doing their jobs 3 and had more emotionally supportive classrooms 4 and better classroom organisation based on independent observations.


Mindfulness: Youth Voices

 

References  

1. Baijal, S., Jha, A. P., Kiyonaga, A., Singh, R., & Srinivasan, N. (2011). The influence of concentrative meditation training on the development of attention networks during early adolescence. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 1-9.

Napoli, M., Krech, P. R., & Holley, L. C. (2005). Mindfulness Training for Elementary School Students. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 21(1), 99–125.

Semple, R. J. (2010). Does Mindfulness Meditation Enhance Attention? A Randomized Controlled Trial. Mindfulness, 1, 121-130.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Oberle, E., Lawlor, M. S., Abbott, D., Thomson, K., Oberlander, T. F., & Diamond, A. (2015). Enhancing cognitive and social–emotional development through a simple-to-administer mindfulness-based school program for elementary school children: A randomized controlled trial. Developmental Psychology, 51(1), 52-66.

Metz, S. M., Frank, J. L., Reibel, D., Cantrell, T., Sanders, R., & Broderick, P. C. (2013). The effectiveness of the learning to BREATHE program on adolescent emotion regulation. Research in Human Development, 10(3), 252–272.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Oberle, E., Lawlor, M. S., Abbott, D., Thomson, K., Oberlander, T. F., & Diamond, A. (2015). Enhancing cognitive and social–emotional development through a simple-to-administer mindfulness-based school program for elementary school children: A randomized controlled trial. Developmental Psychology, 51(1), 52-66.

Raes, F., Griffith, J. W., Van der Gucht, K., & Williams, J. M. G. (2014). School-­based prevention and reduction of depression in adolescents: A cluster-­randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness group program. Mindfulness, 5(5), 477–486

2. Flook, L., Goldberg, S. B., Pinger, L., Bonus, K., & Davidson, R. J. (2013). Mindfulness for teachers: A pilot study to assess effects on stress, burnout, and teaching efficacy. Mind, Brain, and Education, 7(3), 182–195.

3. Jennings, P. A., Frank, J. L., Snowberg, K. E., Coccia, M. A., & Greenberg, M. T. (2013). Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE): Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. School Psychology Quarterly, 28(4), 374–390.

4. Kemeny, M. E., Foltz, C., Cavanagh, J. F., Cullen, M., Giese-­Davis, J., Jennings, P., … Wallace, B. A. (2012). Contemplative/emotion training reduces negative emotional behavior and promotes prosocial responses. Emotion, 12(2), 338.

5. Roeser, R., Schonert-­Reichl, K. A., Jha, A., Cullen, M., Wallace, L., Wilensky, R., … Harrison, J. (2013). Mindfulness training and reductions in teacher stress and burnout: Results from two randomized, waitlist-­control field trials. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105(3), 787–804.


 

What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.

 

 

Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.

 

 

Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 

 

Roz , 2018