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The Mindful Edge at R. H. King; In Their Voices - The Benefits of Mindfulness


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The Mindful Edge: Stress Management and Life Strategies for Teens
Teacher Certification Program


 

The Mindful Edge® is a specially-developed program to provide Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens. It is based on the principles of the MBSR Workshop program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The Mindful Edge™ combines the practices of mindfulness with knowledge of brain science, positive psychology, movement and healthy living skills to create a program that benefits teens socially, emotionally, physically and academically.
Students actively participate in the process of unfolding  a practical understanding of mindfulness and how it can benefit them in their lives.

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 helping professionals who work with children and teens, including health care professionals, community leaders and staff.

This course is specifically designed for those who have a strong interest in sharing mindfulness with teens in a classroom setting, either in-person or online. It is recommended that teachers interested in implementing this program have some experience with mindfulness.

Course Description

The Mindful Edge is an evidence-based, trauma-sensitive and social and emotional learning (SEL) informed program comprised of 12 x 60-minute sessions, carefully scaffolded and designed to build on the class prior. The program has successfully been implemented in several high schools in Toronto and York Region in Ontario. It is based on the principles of the MBSR Workshop program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The Mindful Edge™ combines the practices of mindfulness-based stress reduction with knowledge of brain science, positive psychology, movement and healthy living skills to create a program that benefits teens socially, emotionally, physically and academically.

Delivery Method: Learn One Teach One

Every week, one lesson will be delivered in real time as it would be taught to students (grades 9-12, and can be adapted for 7-8). The participants will then be invited to teach the session to their class / group / individual clients. The following week, there will be an opportunity to debrief on the previous lesson and receive guidance, mentoring and suggestions before moving on to the next lesson.

Course Structure

The lesson plans provided will be 12 x 1-hour themed lessons, that can be delivered in a classroom, community, small group or individual practice setting.

Overall Program Goals

Through mindfulness practice and discussion, students learn the science of how the brain works and to use simple and accessible tools to:

Mindfulness and the Ontario Curriculum

In addition to being a foundation for the mental health and well-being of all students, The Mindful Edge program can be included in the following curricula:

Lesson Theme Description
Lesson 1 Looking at Stress & Mindfulness Physiology of stress and how mindfulness can ease and help manage students' response to stress.  
Lesson 2 Intro: Why Be Mindful? Intro to mindfulness and relevance for students, establishing personal connection - the buy-in.
Lesson 3 Perception, Neuroscience & The Brain How perception affects our experience of the world and how we relate to others. The neuroscience of attention and neuroplasticity.
Lesson 4 Focus & Attention to Body & Breath Experience of mindful practices that use body and breath as an anchor to attention: body scan, circle breathing, mindful eating.
Lesson 5 The Science of Happiness Happiness is a state that can be cultivated through practicing gratitude, appreciation & kindness, drawing on the recent research on Positive Psychology.
Lesson 6 Finding Balance - Who am I? (Lifescape) Part of the course requirement / certification is the submission of a project, called the Lifescape, an art-based activity that askes students to reflect and examine aspects of their life and represent them in a creative fashion.
Lesson 7 The Retreat An opportunity for continuous practice.
Lesson 8 Thoughts & the Mind Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts can be viewed as objects that appear and disappear.  
Lesson 9 Social and Emotional Intelligence Exploring emotional literacy, moods, feelings and the continuum of emotions. 
Lesson 10 Communication and Relationships Relationships and connection can be enhanced through practicing mindful speaking and listening.
Lesson 11 Resounding vs Reacting to Challenging situations  Being aware of the ability to choose your actions and make suitable decisions.
Lesson 12            Connection - The Wrap Up & Self Care Going forward, reviewing how students can implement self-care, resiliency, connection and manage strong emotions.

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