The Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has commissioned Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) to deliver .begin mindfulness courses for staff from the Mental Health Support Teams in Schools. MiSP will be running a number of 8-week .begin courses from January to March 2023.
“Very good introduction to mindfulness. Approachable, informal yet purposeful sessions“
“I felt at ease right from the start. An open, non-judgemental space for everyone“
“A very powerful life changing course with a fabulous course lead who made me feel at ease“
“It helped me get to know myself better and taught me routines and strategies to improve my mental and physical well being“
High quality evidence shows the benefits of an eight-week mindfulness course, benefits include:
- a reduction in stress, burnout and anxiety
- a reduction in the sense of task and time pressure
- an improved ability to manage thoughts and behaviour
- an increase in coping skills, motivation, planning and problem solving
- an increase in self-compassion and self-care
For more information please read Professor Katherine Weare’s paper Evidence for Mindfulness: Impacts on the Wellbeing and Performance of School Staff.
.begin introduces you to mindfulness over eight weeks via group sessions of approximately 90 minutes per week.
The course is delivered via Zoom video conferencing, allowing real-time interaction with your group whilst being led by a highly experienced MiSP instructor.
.begin combines the convenience of a live online course that you can complete in the comfort of your own home with the intimacy of live, face-to-face delivery.
.begin is an introduction to mindfulness for the purpose of supporting participants in terms of their own understanding of mindfulness and general wellbeing. .begin does not involve training to teach mindfulness to young people or adults.
Those who complete the .begin course and continue to practise mindfulness on a regular basis can then qualify for further training to teach our dots curriculum (for 3 – 6 year-olds) or Paws b curriculum (for 7 – 11 year-olds) as part of this project. This is subject to approval by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
MiSP is accredited as a CPD provider by the CPD Standards Office, and .begin has been rigorously assessed as providing 13 hours of CPD.
Read feedback and testimonials from previous course participants.
- Be employed by a school or work within an educational setting on a regular basis or be the parent or carer of a child still in education. Please note School Governors and those who volunteer regularly in a school (including parent volunteers) are also eligible to apply. If you are unsure whether you are eligible please email email@example.com.
- Be over 18 years of age
- Be able to commit to the dates and times of the online sessions
- Have access to a computer or laptop with a webcam and have a good broadband speed capable of running Zoom, click here to check technical requirements.
- Understand that this course is not intended as a therapeutic intervention. Should you have any concerns regarding your mental or physical health, please see your GP or other medical advisors. A member of the MiSP team may contact you to discuss your application and ensure this is the right time for you to be doing the course.
- .begin is intended for participants who have not previously taken part in an eight-week secular mindfulness training course.
- Understand that .begin does not involve training to teach mindfulness to young people or adults. It is an introduction to mindfulness for the purpose of supporting participants in terms of their own understanding of mindfulness and general wellbeing.
As an online course, it is crucial that participants attend the training …
- … in a quiet space where they will not be interrupted
- … having checked all technology is working to a quality that allows for full engagement with the taught course. This will include attendance on a pre-course Zoom orientation and checking session.
NB: Participants are expected to keep webcams on during the course.
- … away from any distractions, and fully committed to engaging in all taught sessions and activities
Each individual staff member can click on the links to their chosen course below. Given the invitational, voluntary nature of this training, individuals must apply directly themselves and cannot be signed up by colleagues.
You will need to obtain a copy of the course reader “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. This is also available to buy as an e-book.
There is a choice of four .begin courses running from January to March 2023:
MONDAYS 9th January to 13th March 2023 to from 7.30pm to 9pm – Apply Here
WEDNESDAYS 11th January to 15th March 2023 to from 7.30pm to 9pm – Apply Here
TUESDAYS 17th January to 21st March 2023 to from 7.30pm to 9pm – Apply Here
THURSDAYS 19th January to 23rd March 2023 to from 7.30pm to 9pm – Apply Here