Teach Paws b Prerequisites

1. Completion of an 8-week secular mindfulness course in person

You must have completed in person an 8-week secular mindfulness course. The following courses are accepted: .b Foundations, MBSR, MBCT, Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Breathworks, Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC). Your course should have run for a minimum of 90 minutes per week for a period of 8 weeks. You must be certified by a qualified adult mindfulness teacher that you have completed an 8-week secular mindfulness course with them and give the name of your teacher and the date of the course.

This training forms an essential foundation that is necessary for teaching Paws b and is not covered again in the Teach Paws b course.

Please note:

  • If, due to exceptional circumstances, you would like us to consider an alternative training pathway please contact the applications team on applications@mindfulnessinschools.org. Please note that we are unable to hold places until an application form is received.
  • The 8 week .b Foundations course is not available as a public course. .b Foundations is designed to be delivered ‘on site’ in schools for school staff. For more information on how to bring an 8 week .b Foundation to your school or institution click here.
  • To find an 8 week course near you, please go to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations Listing.
  • Experience of working or volunteering with children aged 7-11 years old is helpful to Paws b teachers as Teach Paws b is not a course which teaches the classroom teaching and management skills needed when working with young people.

2. A formal practice of at least 20 consecutive minutes, on 5 out of 7 days a week

For a period of at least 6 months between the start of your 8-week course and the start of the training to which you are applying.

Formal practice means adopting a supportive posture and sitting in stillness while intentionally cultivating the ability to bring kind and curious awareness to the body and mind. Some formal practices are explored as part of an 8-week secular mindfulness course, such as Breath and Body, Sounds and Thoughts, Turning Towards Difficulty, Gratitude and Compassion practices.

3. At least 6 months of mindfulness practice from the start of your 8-week course and the start of the Teach Paws b training

It is important that you undertake regular formal practice for an extended period to enable you to embed insights gained on your 8-week course. This period of embedding helps to stabilise and deepen your practice, which leads to a level of familiarity with the subtle workings of your mind. This in turn strengthens your capacity to hold the experience of others, and to respond skilfully if difficult situations arise for young people in the classroom.

Can I apply before I have completed 6 months of practice?

Whilst we require a minimum of 6 months practice you may submit an application form after 4 months to help you plan ahead and find a course location to suit you. This is with the understanding that you will maintain your practice.

Please note:

We would also like to encourage applicants to attend regular mindfulness practice days to deepen their understanding of mindfulness and read Finding Peace in a Frantic World (Mark Williams) and either Full Catastrophe Living or Wherever You Go, There You Are (Jon Kabat-Zinn).

4. Ongoing commitment as a Paws b teacher

Being a Paws b teacher is not just about teaching mindfulness. If mindfulness is to become an established part of the education of children and young people, it is vital that the highest standards of professionalism and evidence-based integrity are maintained. We believe that this is in the interests of all those teaching mindfulness and the young people learning it. We ask that anyone applying to train to teach Paws b commits to the following and agrees to continue to adhere to these standards on an ongoing basis.

Personal Mindfulness Practice

Having an established personal mindfulness practice allows you to:

  • Teach mindfully
  • Embody mindfulness
  • Model mindfulness to young people
  • Guide practices with awareness
  • Skilfully respond in enquiry

Teaching Mindfulness to Young People

Requires the following skills:

  • Ability to engage pupils in a classroom setting
  • Good class management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Willingness to inform and include staff and school senior leadership in the mindfulness work in the school in which you are teaching.
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