Mindfulness Child Trainer Certification Toronto Canada July 2023 with Method Eline Snel

Mindfulness Child Trainer Certification

Mindfulness for children is a powerful and heartful way
to cultivate presence of mind and body at home and at school.
"The method is playful, simple, effective and obviously written from the heart."

Mindfulness Child Trainer Certification – July 3-8, 2023

This Foundation Academy for Mindful Teaching (AMT) Course is designed for those who would like to teach mindfulness to children 4-12 years old, using the Method Eline Snel in schools, institutions, or private practice. The 6-day AMT Course will be conducted in English. Materials can also be made available in French. Over 3,000 participants have completed the training worldwide.  (https://www.elinesnel.com/en/find-a-trainer/).

Mindfulness Adolescent Trainer Certification – Additional Specialization: July 10-11, 2023

This additional specialization is for those interested in working with teenagers and young adults (12-14, 14-18, as well as 18-24 age groups).

The courses will be taught by Eline Snel and Mark Hansen
Location: In person in Toronto

Method Eline Snel:

Method Eline Snel consists of 8 x 30 to 40-minute lessons delivered weekly as well as 10-minute daily practices to support the weekly lessons, suitable for delivery in educational as well as private counselling sessions. The program addresses 2 age groups: 5-8 and 8-12. The content of the training course is synchronized with two “parent books”: “Sitting Still Like a Frog”, for parents of children 5-12 and “Breathe Through This”, mindfulness for parents of teenagers 12-19.

When Method Eline Snel is implemented in private practice, in small or individual counselling groups, parents are encouraged to practice with their children in a playful way and are included by weekly communication with home practice details.

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, special education staff, guidance counsellors as well as administrators and office staff. The program is also suitable for helping professionals who work with children, teenagers and young adults, including health care professionals, community leaders and staff.

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Marina Heifetz Ph.D., C.Psych attended Eline Snel’s mindfulness workshop at Mindfulness Everyday, where she shared some of her mindfulness training with Eline Snel for children and youth in the Netherlands. Read here article HERE

Course Details

The training course and the mindfulness training for children are teacher proof and evidence based.
The content of the training course (and the child training) is experiential.
Aspects covered in the AMT training include:

  • Becoming familiar with the structure, content and essence of the lessons and different ways of working
  • Learning how to plan and give lessons from the training handbooks
  • Practicing the art of inquiry
  • Practice with intake interviews and evaluations of the course
  • Awareness of the importance of compassion
  • Research and the effect of mindfulness on the developing brain
  • Introducing the courses to the school, practice or institution in which you work

Course Content to become a Mindfulness Child Trainer for the 3 age group options:

  Course Content (4-8) Course Content (8-11) Course Content (teenagers)
Lesson 1 The A for Attention Observing and Focusing Observing and Focusing
Lesson 2 On expedition in your body Listening to your body Attention to your body
Lesson 3 Tasting, smelling, hearing, seeing and feeling Tasting, smelling, hearing, seeing and feeling Tasting, smelling, hearing, seeing and feeling
Lesson 4 You can feel feelings Patience, Trust and Letting Go Patience, Having Confidence and Letting Go
Lesson 5 Accepting feelings You Can Feel Feelings Feeling Feelings and Allowing Them to Exist
Lesson 6 Conscious Movement The Wondrous World of Thoughts Becoming Familiar with Dealing with Thoughts
Lesson 7 The Power of the imagination It’s Fun to Be Kind Being Nice is Fun
Lesson 8 Being nice is fun The Secret of Happiness The Secret of Happiness
Extra themes:     Dealing With (Exam) Stress and The Art of Listening

More information on the course content HERE

Materials Provided:

Eline Snel Trainer Handbook Children Method Eline Snel Trainers Handbooks Adolescents
Mindfulness Child Trainer Certification:
Includes Trainer’s Handbook printed manual (both 5-8 or 8-12 age groups), additional resources as required; available in either English or French.
Mindfulness Adolescent Trainer Certification:
Includes Trainer’s Handbook printed manual (both 12-14, 14-18), additional resources as required; available in either English or French.


Mindfulness Child Trainer: July 3-8, 2023 | Mindfulness Adolescent Trainer: July 10-11, 2023
9:30 am – 5 pm with 1-hour break for lunch

Fee (excl. traveling, hotel and supervision costs):

Mindfulness Child Trainer: 1575 Euros ($2125 CAD approx.) Early Bird Rate (Before March 1, 2023) 1399 Euros ($1890 CAD approx.) Mindfulness Adolescent Trainer: 575 Euros ($775 CAD approx.) Early Bird Rate (Before March 1, 2023) 499 Euros ($675 CAD approx.)


Completion of an eight-week MBSR/MBCT/SMART training with a certified trainer
Experience working with children aged 4-12 in school, private practice, health care institute or after-school care.
Purchase and Read:
• “Sitting Still Like a Frog”, for parents of children 5-12
• “Breathe Through This”, mindfulness for parents of teenagers 12-19 Academic Qualifications:
Undergraduate degree in education, psychology, health sciences, social work, or equivalent degree, or Advanced professional degree and/or equivalent experience

Certification Requirements – Study Load:

99 hours plus 5-day Silent Retreat (to be completed within 2 years) 24-hours for 8-10-week pilot including preparation time
• Implement an eight-week and/or ten-week pilot course for your own target group 45-hours in-class / supervisor contact
• Attend - 6-Day AMT training (42-hour) - 1-hour mandatory supervision meeting (supervision fees of €75 ($100 CD approx.) are exclusive of the course fee) - 1-hour introductory intake meeting - 1-hour supervisor contact allowance 10-hours
• Prepare a report reflecting your experiences of your pilot course 5-Day Silent Retreat
• To be completed within 2-year period after certification 6-8 hours
• Attend an annual compulsory Post-Academic Day

Certification as a Mindfulness trainer of children using the Method Eline Snel,
is awarded following 100% attendance, completion of a pilot course,
one supervision meeting and an approved report (with feedback from the trainer).


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smartEducation™ (SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) is an evidence-based program originally designed to address the needs of educators (K-12 and post-secondary), professional support staff, mental health professionals and community leaders, involved in the education and care of children, youth, and young adults. It is also suitable for impletation in organizations. The program is Trauma-Sensitive, SEL-informed and EDI-Aware and fulfils the pre-requisite of the Eline Snel Method Child Trainer Program.

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About Eline Snel and
the Foundation Academy for
Mindful Teaching

Eline Snel is a certified Mindfulness trainer (MBSR) in the method of Jon Kabat-Zinn. For more than 20 years Eline has been developing meditation and mindfulness courses for children, teenagers and parents. Eline is the founder of the Foundation Academy for Mindful Teaching, where teachers, psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals, and others who work with children, train to teach the Method Eline Snel (also based on the MBSR program of Jon Kabat-Zinn).

Eline trains professionals to teach mindfulness techniques to children, adolescents and professionals who are working with children and adolescents. The Foundation Academy of Mindful Teaching is a world-leading, evidence-based and teacher proof Mindfulness training institute for professionals working with children. They have now trained more than 2,800 professionals worldwide!
Eline has written several books for children, adolescents and their parents, including Sitting Still Like a Frog, Breathe Through This – Mindfulness for Parents and Teenagers, Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book and The Little Frog Awakes. Currently, more than 1,000,000 copies of Sitting Still Like a Frog have been sold in 39 countries and translated into 30 languages. Her program is used in many primary schools, private practices, hospitals and mental health institutions throughout the world.

Learn more about Eline at https://www.elinesnel.com

About Mark Hansen

Mark Hansen is the chair of the Board of Directors for the Foundation Academy for Mindful Teaching. As a medical child and adolescent psychologist, he provides training within for the AMT training courses in the Netherlands and abroad. His focus is on creating a safe atmosphere within the group, so that an optimal learning climate is created.  Mark brings calmness, humour, and accessibility to the training course, and is available to provide ongoing support for the participants.

Learn more about Mark at https://www.elinesnel.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at amt@elinesnel.com.

Books and Resources: author and mindfulness teacher Eline Snel

Sitting Still Like a FrogSitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book Breathe Through This AttentifCommeUne Grenouille L'Eveil de la Petite Grenouille