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What participants say about the program

“The class was excellent. I was particularly surprised/pleased with how the wisdom/benefits of the practices became clear to me slowly over the course of the sessions. I learned from doing rather than just listening to a lecture.”

“I now approach my day with greater confidence.”
This course reminded me that I can take care of myself too, and still be a hard-working, valuable and caring teacher.”

Professional Development for Educators and Health Care Professionals

Mindfulness for Educators: smartEducation™ - A 9-Session Renewal Program

smartEducation™ (SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) is an evidence-based program designed to address the needs of educators (K-12 and post-secondary), professional support staff and mental health professionals involved in the education and care of children, youth, and young adults.

Who Should Attend
Education professionals including teachers, educational assistants, child and youth workers, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, audiologists and speech-language pathologists, physiotherapists, student support staff as well as administrators and office staff. The program is also suitable for healthcare professionals who work with children and teens. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

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Course Overview: This evidence-based course trains professionals to better manage work-related and personal stress, in order to cultivate emotional balance. SMART integrates the teachings, practices and research from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, emotion theory, and compassion training to address the specific needs and challenges of helping professionals. Each session consists of presentations, group discussion and experiential practices in mindfulness. A 4-hour silent retreat and weekly home practice is also part of the course.

Course Format: The 20 hour program is delivered in a workshop setting, consists of 8 x two hour sessions, a 4 hour silent retreat and includes home practice.

Certificate of Completion: Successful participants receive a certificate of completion from
UBC Faculty of Education.

Learning Outcomes: The course trains participants to:

  • Manage stress through a greater understanding and control of emotions
  • Employ self-care techniques to cultivate personal and professional resilience.
  • Create effective strategies for relating to challenging situations.
  • Enhance concentration and executive function (planning, decision-making, and impulse control).
  • Revitalize purpose, personally and professionally
  • Improve your overall mental and physical health
  • Promote happiness through healthy habits of the mind

Mindfulness Everyday Refund Policy for SMART

We are confident you will find our classes enjoyable and beneficial. However, we do understand there are times when you may need to drop out of the course. Our refund policy is to provide a full refund, less a $50.00 administration fee, if the request is in writing and received by us, at least 5 business days prior to the course start. For subsequent written requests to withdraw, received by us up to 48 hours prior to the start of the second class, a refund of course fee will be given, less $100.00 to cover our costs up to that time (not including materials received). Course fees will not be refunded thereafter.

To request a refund, please send an email to, indicating your name, the name of the class, reason for the refund, and a phone number where you can be reached in case of questions.

*Prices quoted may change without notice reflecting market changes beyond our control.

Insurance: SMART is not therapy or medical treatment. However, some insurance plans do cover health education and wellness classes. If your plan covers Mindfulness-based programs, we will provide the information you need to request reimbursement directly from your insurer.


Thirty years of informed basic research and, more recently, neuroscience, offer compelling evidence to support the use of employing mindfulness practices in education. The application of mindfulness by students and teachers has the potential to improve academic achievement, mental health, and positive relationships. Scientific studies show that mindfulness training develops one’s concentration, attention, executive function, (planning, decision making, and impulse control), emotional balance, pro-social behavior, compassionate action and promotes mental well- being. More Information Here


SMART (Stress Management & Resiliency Techniques) originally developed in the US is now managed by smartUBC, a not for profit unit of the University of British Columbia and coordinated through the Faculty of Education, UBC Okanagan campus. UBC researches and manages the development of the evidence base for continual updating of the curriculum. More Information Here